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Dokubo Mulls Leadership Training For Ex-agitators

By Presidential Amnesty Programme

Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, says plans were underway for leaders of Niger Delta ex-agitators to be enrolled in leadership training within the country or offshore, for effective coordination of their followers.




Arriving the venue, Prof. Charles Quaker Dokubo, Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme, at the Niger Delta Stakeholders meeting(PHASE 3 Leaders) with Principal Staff of the Amnesty office, held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Monday 6th January 2020.

He stated this on Monday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, at a meeting with 170 leaders of ex-agitators enlisted in Phase Three of the Amnesty Programme, just as he urged them to set aside violence and work in harmony to deepen peace in the Niger Delta region towards enhancing development.

Dokubo noted that leadership training for leaders of the ex-agitators was necessary to equip them with knowledge and skills on how to manage their followers and possibly empower them to undertake entrepreneurship initiatives that will positively impact on the Niger Delta.




Prof. Charles Quaker Dokubo, Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme,(in handshake in the centre) in a group picture with the ex-agitators leaders PHASE 3 during the Niger Delta Stakeholders meeting with Principal Staff of the Amnesty office, held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Monday, January 6th 2020.

“I have thought about leadership training and there was a time they sent people to South Africa. I told the Phase Two leaders I met here (Uyo), that we will design a programme for leadership training. If you don’t have training, how can you lead your people? It is not about stipends, it how you can acquire knowledge. This knowledge will not be confined to Amnesty, you can also get somewhere. So training is very essential; I will create a programme where leaders will go. I will get a list of all the leaders so that we can send them for training in batches. We can’t send all at the same time. It is for your own strength and leadership”.




Prof. Charles Quaker Dokubo, Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme,(in handshake in the centre) in a group picture with the ex-agitators leaders PHASE 3 during the Niger Delta Stakeholders meeting with Principal Staff of the Amnesty office, held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Monday, January 6th 2020.

The Amnesty boss expressed dismay at the confrontational approach and protests by ex-agitators in seeking attention to issues bothering them rather than availing themselves of the official platforms in channelling complaints, emphasizing his vision and objective.




Prof. Charles Quaker Dokubo, Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme,(L) exchanging pleasantry with the ex-agitator, after the meeting with the ex-agitators leaders PHASE 3 and the Amnesty office Principal staff, held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Monday 6th January 2020.

“There are ways of addressing issues. Amnesty means that you have given up violence and you have adopted a peace-making process to resolve issues that afflict our people. That’s what it is. So, somebody who has laid down his arms should not even resort to conflict again because you have accepted the rule of the Federal Government. So please, let us know how to get what you want to pursue from this programme; let us set aside violence. My goal here is to bring peace and also enhance human capital development”.

Dokubo urged leaders of ex-agitators in Phase Three of the Amnesty Programme to put their house in order and present their complaints officially in an organized manner rather than travelling in large numbers to the Amnesty office in Abuja without invitation or prior notice and thereafter make unrealistic monetary demands for logistics.

“Please, any issue that you want to talk about, delegate two or three persons to come and meet me. Any day they come, I will open my doors for them. But if you come there without my notice and you expect me to pay your transport, no government in this world can do that. We must be realistic. You might not like it, but that is the way things are done. I want you to understand the due process stance of the present administration. What I am saying is that we must do things the right way”.




R-L- Prof. Charles Quaker Dokubo, Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Programme, addressing members of the Niger Delta ex-agitators PHASE 3 leaders at the Niger Delta Stakeholders meeting with Principal Staff of the Amnesty office, held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Monday 6th January 2020.

While giving assurance of prompt payment of monthly stipends and other entitlements to beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme, Dokubo said he had no hand in cases of alleged missing slots or exclusion of beneficiaries from the Programme, but had diligently made payments based on available official records since his assumption of office.

“The government can only look at what they have and what they can spend. Even you, if you have 30,000 Naira in your pocket, you can only spend out of what you have. Anything that is lawful, I, Charles Dokubo, will do it. Anything that is part of this programme, I will not remove it; I will carry it out thoroughly. For me, the most important thing is the maintenance of peace in our area.




One of the female ex-agitators’ leaders PHASE 3, making her own contribution at the Niger Delta Stakeholders meeting with Principal Staff of Amnesty office, held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Monday 6th January 2020.



Let me tell you something that happened. Someone came to the office and complained that he had not been paid for six months. I wrote to the Finance department and Data unit and asked that they look into it. Guess what? He was collecting money from two places, so I cancelled everything about him. You cannot take somebody’s money. The money they gave us to pay stipends is fixed; that is why I always tell people, I don’t have the right to include any person or exclude. If you are in the programme, you are in the programme and if somebody wants to exclude you, I will not take it easy with that person because it will always create problems for the office”.




Godday Smith (AKA Bounana War) ex-agitators leaders PHASE 3, making his own contribution at the Niger Delta Stakeholders meeting with Principal Staff of Amnesty office, held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Monday 6th January 2020.

Reacting to a request for payment of leadership and house allowance to leaders of the ex-agitators, Dokubo said there was no official record to justify such payment. “Some of you were there in the beginning of this programme; what is in the books is what we are going to do, and if on the side we can do more, then we will not hesitate. But in the Amnesty Programme, there is nothing like leadership allowance.




Ezetu Rawlings, AKA Ebilo ex-agitators leaders PHASE 3, making his own contribution at the Niger Delta Stakeholders meeting with Principal Staff of Amnesty office, held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Monday 6th January 2020. Pix 15- Cross section of some ex-agitators leaders PHASE 3, at the Niger Delta Stakeholders meeting with Principal Staff of Amnesty office, held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Monday 6th January 2020.

On delays sometimes in payment of entitlements, when there is delay in release of funds, it is not from the Amnesty office; it means that money has not come because we don’t have a bank. Everything comes from the Central Bank. We write everything, they take it to the Central Bank which dispenses the money; we don’t have money or a bank called Amnesty bank”.Speaking on behalf of participants at the meeting, National Secretary of the Forum of Phase Three Leaders of Ex-Niger Delta Agitators, Mr. Tam Odogwu, expressed optimism that the interactive sessions with critical stakeholders in Niger Delta initiated by Dokubo will deepen peace in the region.

MURPHY GANAGANA

Special Assistant (Media)

7th January, 2020




Cross section of some ex-agitators leaders PHASE 3, at the Niger Delta Stakeholders meeting with Principal Staff of Amnesty office, held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Monday 6th January 2020.

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Ezekiel oborie | 5/23/2020 10:39:00 AM
Good morning sir, am Ezekiel oborie from nembe .pls sir we are really suffering in poverty . because our house allowances is not coming up ,we have family to care for,if these can be solved I will be the most happiness man .an have not been called 4 training.God give u more grace thanks.