I won’t allow illegality In Amnesty Programme, says Dokubo
Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Prof. Charles Dokubo, has said that though he observed distortions in the PAP structure on assumption of office, he has maintained zero tolerance for any form of illegality.
Dokubo said even as he had never altered the structure he inherited, especially with regards to beneficiaries captured in the PAP database, he took steps to redress glaring irregularities and cases of injustice.
He spoke yesterday at the Transcorp Hotel in Calabar, Cross River State, at a meeting with 97 leaders of Niger Delta ex-agitators.
“I am so elated because of this meeting of minds. It is proper that we come together and discuss issues affecting this programme, so that we can take care of the challenges before us.
“There is no issue that we cannot resolve, if we can meet and discuss the challenges we face. If there is an issue that has been disturbing you, this is a forum to talk about it.
“But I also state clearly here; since I took over the leadership of this office, I have never done any camp closure or reorganisation,” Dokubo clarified.
Reacting to complaints of exclusion of genuine beneficiaries of the programme, Dokubo said such issues were being addressed in line with statutory provisions.
He assured that all beneficiaries of the programme would always get their entitlements promptly.
“People that had been excluded knowingly or unknowingly, I have looked at their cases and brought them back, so that they could earn what they are entitled to. I have seen people who, without their knowledge, were excluded, even before I came into office. I have addressed these issues because I can’t allow something that is illegal to take place.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues in attendance at the interactive session, leader of the Peace Camp in Bayelsa State, Chief Kalaiti Jephthah-Obadiah, commended Dokubo for the initiative, which he said would enhance peace and security in the Niger Delta.