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National Assembly commends amnesty programme for new strides


Senator Peter Nwaoboshi

Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi at the weekend commended the Presidential Amnesty Programme for the new strides in the programme. He said the Senate was proud of the achievements of Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Professor Charles Dokubo, within the short period of his appointment and pledged more support to lift the programme to greater heights.

Nwaoboshi, who spoke at the commissioning of the Oil and Gas Basic Skills Vocational Training Centre, Agadagba-Obon, Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State at the weekend, commended Dokubo for his prudent management of funds allocated to the programme, as well as his transparency.“The programme, which was established in 2009, has had four chief executives as Special Advisers/Coordinators. Of all the four, I can confidently say that Dokubo has been very proactive and eager to realise its mandate,” he said.

He disclosed that Dokubo always consults the National Assembly on programmes and activities that would move the organisation forward, adding that in his short time in office, Dokubo has demonstrated capacity to transform the Niger Delta region for sustainable development.

Nwaoboshi, who was represented by his deputy, Senator Baba Kaka Bashiru said, “Our committee is very pleased with his efforts; he is a square peg in a square hole. He (Dokubo) has demonstrated that he has nothing to hide by always seeking to synergise with the National Assembly and indeed, with the entire stakeholders to achieve set objectives.”

Bashiru disclosed that last year, the committee recommended N65 billion, which was passed in appropriation. “When we visited his office, he was able to present a report to us, which encapsulated so many reports of what he has achieved in the Niger Delta. We are very proud of him,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the House of Representatives Committee on the Niger Delta, Istiphanus Gyang, said the Amnesty Programme was designed to train and empower youths in the region, noting that the Oil and Gas Basic Skills Vocational Training Centre will engage some beneficiaries of the programme in the oil industry.

Responding, Dokubo said the Oil and Gas Basic Skills Training Centre is set to commence building human capacity to fill gaps in the lower and middle cadre levels of the oil and gas sector.

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