July 26, (THEWILL) – The Leader and Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Ex-Agitators (Third Phase), Tonye Bobo, said the group convened a meeting last weekend in Yenagoa to not only brainstorm on thorny issues on the Niger Delta but to sensitise members to key into the proposed cooperatives the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP ) Col. Millard Dixon Dikio (rtd) has initiated for them.
According to him, Col Dikio means well for the future of Niger Delta youths and with their cooperatives the ex-agitators would be empowered beyond the N65,000 monthly stipends, adding that with the cooperatives members would become self-reliant.
He said they also discussed major strategies for an enduring peace in the Niger Delta, hence, they intended to preach the message to International Oil Companies (IOCs) and other stakeholders to come and invest in the Niger Delta region without fear of molestation and intimidation to their investments and personnel.
“Gone are the days when protest and roadblocking were applied, but we are advocates, delegates for dialogue and peaceful resolution to attract investors and developments to the region,” he said.
On what was behind the peaceful and successful deliberation of ex-agitators drawn from Delta, Edo, Rivers and Ondo without rancour, he said based on the mandate from the Interim Administrator, who said they need to work in synergy with security, each member had to comport himself a with sense of decorum.