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By Akujobi Amadi
As part of its commitment to ensure that all critical stakeholders are informed of the policies and programmes of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) and also bring the beneficiaries closer, the Port Harcourt Office of the PAP has held a one-day media parley in the State capital, as a way of fostering good relationship between the agency and the media.
The programme, which was organised by the PAP Office in Port Harcourt at the NUJ Press Centre in Port Harcourt and tagged “Presidential Amnesty Office Quarterly Media Forum”, attracted selected journalists from the nine states of the Niger Delta, including Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo and Rivers State.
Speaking at the event, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof Charles Dokubo, said the agency has a total of 30,000 delegates, otherwise known as former Niger delta agitators enrolled on its database, adding that the agency has not delisted any beneficiary as being speculated.
Dokubo, who was represented on the occasion by the Liaison Officer, Port Harcourt PAP Office, Mrs Ibiye Alalibo, said the Port Harcourt Office was created to bring the amnesty programme closer to the beneficiaries, adding that apart from the 30,000 beneficiaries, the agency also extended its scheme to affected communities.
“30,000 initial delegates who signed with us are still with PAP. We still put communities into consideration”, Dokubo added.
Dokubo stated that the reason for the quarterly media forum was to integrate the media into the activities of the agency as critical stakeholders with a view to building collaboration that would make the agency deliver its mandate and promote the desired development in the region.
Also speaking at the event, Principal Partner, MC1& Partners Limited, Ms Maureen Ideozu, said the objective of the programme was to promote awareness of the activities of the amnesty office, and further enhance its image, while facilitating clearer understanding of its role as well as the relevance of its work to national development.
She further disclosed that the media forum would create a platform for constructive engagement with the media, and also gauge public perception of the impact of the amnesty office.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the state Chairman of NUJ, Rivers State Council, Mr Job Stanley Job, commended PAP for the programme, and urged its leadership to make the forum consistent and regular.
Our correspondent reports that the forum featured multimedia presentation on PAP activities, ice breaker and parallel syndicate sessions aimed at strengthening the PAP -media relations.
Source; The Tide Online