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Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has urged the Federal Government to continuously assess and review participation in the Amnesty Programme with a view to including more youths in the Niger Delta in the interventionist programme.
Speaking in Abuja when he visited the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, Akeredolu said expanding the scope of the programme to accommodate more persons would eliminate a lot of unrest in the Niger Delta region.
Akeredolu visited Dokubo to solicit the inclusion into the Amnesty Programme, some youths in Ondo State who had been disarmed and granted amnesty by the state government.
He urged the Federal Government to increase the funding for the programme as “there is no way Dokubo will use his blood to run Amnesty; it is not possible.”
The governor affirmed that Dokubo was committed to the Amnesty Programme. In his remarks, Dokubo noted that inclusion of more persons in the programme is an exclusive preserve of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said unless there was a presidential proclamation to accommodate more persons in the programme alongside a budgetary expansion, he lacked the powers to take such decision.
Dokubo, who expressed the willingness of the programme to train Niger Delta youths who were not beneficiaries, said: “But if we’ve to involve non-beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme in our trainings without payment of stipends, I’ll not be happy or willing to do so because that’ll be discriminatory.
I can assist you with the training, but that means they’ll have to receive stipends from Ondo State government.”
Source; Daily Trust