A former agitator within the Niger Delta and chairman of the Strategic Communications Committee of the Presidential Amnesty Program, Pastor Nature Dumale, on this interview with The Guardian, raised the alarm over the plans by the individuals he described. as “enemies of the Niger Delta” to truncate the imaginative and prescient of the interim administrator, PAP, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio. Give the explanation why the previous agitators need Dikio to finish his mission.
We really feel that the amnesty program has created a strategic communication committee. What are the phrases of reference?
This committee will permit the ex-agitators to know what it’s concerning the presidential amnesty program (PAP), the lies, misconceptions and the reality about this system. We perceive now that we’re losing an excessive amount of time getting nothing. We now see what true reintegration is.
We advise Nigerians and significant stakeholders to not give house to parts of distraction, who don’t want individuals to outlive on this area, and who don’t want the success of the Niger Delta and the presidential amnesty program .
One of many issues that the interim administrator, PAP, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio, to create the strategic communication committee was when he found that we can’t talk successfully. Subsequently, he arrange the committee to allow us to study to speak successfully. This committee was additionally inaugurated in Port Harcourt Rivers State.
To point out its dedication to the area, Dikio gave us coaching to allow us to higher talk with the individuals of the Niger Delta and the remainder of the nation and the world at giant.
We agreed to alter individuals’s notion concerning the Niger Delta. The one technique to change the narrative is by altering the best way we talk and the type of data we give to the general public in order that multinationals and companies, who’ve left this space due to unfavorable studies, can return.
That is one in all his best successes on this interval. And it’s on this foundation that I communicate now as chairman of the strategic communications committee for the amnesty program.
Dikio’s imaginative and prescient is that if we’re to construct a peaceable setting for sustainable improvement, we should study to speak our values, our wants, our success tales to our Nigerian individuals and the world at giant.
This head of amnesty made us perceive that via a constructive mindset of our area, we will all collectively change the unsuitable notion, the unfavorable notion that the enemies of this area have given to the general public.
Subsequently, we urge and urge the Federal Authorities underneath the route of President Muhammadu Buhari to not be distracted by the antiquity of our enemies.
We have now not seen this constructive improvement in PAP a lot and we don’t want this imaginative and prescient and motion of Dikio to deliver improvement and peace via the reintegration of our delegates to face now.
How would you charge the amnesty program on this dispensation?
The very first thing we noticed as ex-agitators and members of the PAP committee was that the interim administrator, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (Rtd.), Has not accused any of his predecessor of treating the PAP program incorrectly. He didn’t accuse those that had been there earlier than him. He didn’t accuse the previous coordinators and particular advisers. Reasonably he selected to do his homework and do his job. Its sole objective is to replace the PAP mandate by making certain that it achieves outcomes.
Previously, we now have seen individuals take workplace however proceed to play the guilt sport and find yourself getting nothing. However Dikio has regularly sought methods to right the wrongs and produce peace to the Niger Delta.
All he has finished to this point is to reposition the Niger Delta for peace and improvement. We would like multinationals, who’ve left the area to return, do enterprise and make use of our individuals.
The second factor we noticed was that he returned this system to its house owners within the Niger Delta. Earlier than returning, ex-agitators like me visited Abuja for conferences. However as quickly as he arrived, Dikio returned to this system within the area and insisted that every one actions of the amnesty program must be held within the Niger Delta.
Even so, our individuals tried to discourage him. They really feel that there will probably be disaster between delegates and between ex-agitators, however as a result of he’s an individual of constructive thoughts, he took the initiative, challenged all of the pessimism and unfavorable narratives towards the area and began to carry on. its conferences within the Niger Delta. . He has finished so for his conferences in Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Akwa Ibom and Ondo states and these conferences have been profitable.
The area is feeling the financial multiplier results of those commitments. The financial advantages go all the way down to all stakeholders and entrepreneurs within the area, from inns to meals distributors:
These are indicators that he has good intentions for the individuals of the Niger Delta. There isn’t a doubt that Dikio introduced this system to the individuals. This man means good to us and to this nation. He has a superb data of this program. Perceive that this program belongs to us.
One other distinctive factor Dikio has finished is the creation of a strategic communications committee for the previous agitators.
What are a few of the measures taken by Dikio to reposition this system?
Dikio has taken on the accountability of repositioning PAP by going on to the reintegration course of to assist beneficiaries grow to be entrepreneurs in order that they are often in command of their future and look past the N65,000 stipends to grow to be employers.
That is the place the interim supervisor goes for it now and places the methods on the bottom. We need to let the Federal Authorities know that there are individuals on this area of the Niger Delta, who survive solely by inciting crises and troubles. It’s their solely technique of subsistence. They’ll’t distract us now that we now have discovered an answer to our issues.
What key selections do you assume have positively influenced the beneficiaries of this system?
The supervisor has determined to not award any contracts to anybody, besides that this contract is not going to solely prepare our males, however will make use of them, advise them to grow to be profitable employers. It focuses on three areas of empowerment reminiscent of water transportation, watercourse security and meals manufacturing.
We’re surrounded by water and touring by water is among the quickest methods to get to your vacation spot. The Amnesty program desires us to benefit from the environment, making certain that we maximize the potential that surrounds us.
As for meals manufacturing, the amnesty boss has consulted a number of giant farms. He additionally made preparations for delegates to be given loans from CBN to allow them to begin viable agricultural enterprises after their coaching.
For individuals who nonetheless endure from the impact of cultism, the brand new imaginative and prescient is to camp for a time period in order that their mentality will be reoriented for them to focus on the coaching they are going to obtain on their completely different chosen areas of ability acquisitions.
Previously, our younger individuals and delegates had been beloved to promote their empowerment instruments and ended up coming again in droves. Dikio noticed these failures and these setbacks within the PAP and determined to give you the imaginative and prescient of the boot camp. Already, Dikio will ship a delegation to Songhai Farm in Port Harcourt subsequent week to barter with them to make use of the power for tenting. The thought is to alter their mindset, notion and orientation about life and to make them perceive that this chance could now not come for all times. They should put worth on it.
With this, we guarantee the general public and the individuals of the Niger Delta that the delegates will grow to be cheap, ingenious and helpful not just for themselves but additionally for his or her households, states, Niger Delta and Nigeria. So Dikio’s imaginative and prescient is that nobody will probably be empowered with out going via a month of thoughts change. It was additionally thought to free ex-agitators from drug abuse, participation in cultism and different unfavorable existence.
Nobody has handled this program to this magnitude; nobody has handled this program this fashion earlier than.
However do some individuals complain about latest irregularities within the fee of salaries?
The brand new administration has not modified the fee construction to the previous agitators. He encountered a construction and adopted it. The one who accuses him is simply an enemy. He didn’t contact any fields or add any funds. I need to name on all Nigerians all Niger Deltans well-wishers, younger individuals, stakeholders to embrace the brand new imaginative and prescient.
We give the administration the required assist, calling on all ex-agitators all delegates, or beneficiaries of the amnesty program to assist Dikio. Such assist will permit him to spherical out his imaginative and prescient and the methods he has put in place, which can deliver lasting prosperity to peace within the area and in Nigeria normally.