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FG rescinds decision to stop amnesty programme

The Federal Government has rescinded its earlier plan to terminate the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, in the Niger Delta Region.

The Interim Administrator of the programme, Major Geneneral, Barry Ndiomu (retired), confirmed the decision on Saturday in a statement by the media consultant of the PAP, Donu Kogbara.

He commended the federal government for listening to the appeals made by stakeholders in the region.

 “The Federal Government has heard the concerns of Niger Delta people and, with our best interests at heart, has decided to shelve an unwanted termination agenda and transform PAP into a more sanitized, transparent, efficient, robust and sustainable entity.

“The decision was taken after the feelings of stakeholders and people of the region were communicated to the government and proves that the Buhari’s administration will not do anything to jeopardize the peace in the Niger Delta”, the statement reads.

Ndioma called on ”stakeholders to sustain the peace in the region and help the new administration reform, refocus and reposition the programme for optimum performance”.

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu