Amnesty Focused On Vocational Centres, Job Creation –Dokubo
Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Professor Charles Dokubo, has said the programme is focused on establishment of vocational training centres in the Niger Delta and job creation for former militants.
Dokubo disclosed this to newsmen, in Abuja, at the weekend, against the backdrop of his one-year anniversary.
He added that training former militants and empowering them will help create jobs in the Niger Delta as well as impact on the country’s economy, in the long run; rather than depend on monthly stipends.
The PAP coordinator also clarified that the PAP warehouse looted in Kaiama, Bayelsa State, belongs to the entire region and not the community in which it is situated.
Said Dokubo: “Offices are established everywhere in the Niger Delta. No office is assigned to a particular person because the person comes from a particular community. If you have been given a job to do and you are ineffective, in every office they can sack people. That you are born to a family, and the family is a known family, that does not entitle you to that job forever. So, we have to put it in context. If someone from that place was removed and someone from another Niger Delta area was used to replace the person removed, there shouldn’t have been a conflict about that unless the person that was removed was instrumental to the destruction of Kaiama. I am from Rivers State, from Abonemma. I am here, today, in the Amnesty Office because I am from Niger Delta. Others from other parts of Niger Delta have been given this office before; this office belongs to everybody from Niger Delta and the assignments and appointments are just like that. If you have done your bit, we cannot keep you there forever, because, sometimes, since you are a native, you have also gone more native and you begin to feel a sense of entitlement because of the name you bear… “Having a facility in a town does not give ownership to that community.
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