Appointment: Niger Delta Group Threatens Show Down Over Alleged Marginalisation



A group known as Niger Delta Volunteers for Good Governance (NDVFGG) has threatened “a total lock down of economic activities” within the Niger Delta region over what the group regarded as marginalization of Edo and Delta states in the appointment of principal officers into the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).

The group further condemned the planned winding up of the PAP by the Federal Government, saying it’s untimely, hence the government should rather restrategize with a view to accomplishing the spirit of the initiators of the programme considering the achievements reached so far.

A statement signed by national president of the group, Comrade Ben Bowei a.k.a Lord Mayor 1 of Niger Delta, and coordinators from Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Ondo states, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Benin, Tuesday, frowned at neglect of Edo and Delta states in the appointment of coordinator for the programme and other principal officers since its inception.

The group alleged that outside denials of the states in the appointment of principal officers, applicants from the two states for vocational trainings and scholarship have been several times rejected.

“The Niger Delta Volunteers for Good Governance (NDVFGG) has observed that there has been a deliberate neglect of qualified indigenes of Edo and Delta states in the area of appointment as coordinator and/or other principal staffs in the Presidential Amnesty Programme office from inception till date.

“It is our collective resolution that the above listed States have been totally neglected by the Federal Government in the scheme of things especially in the area of appointment in the PAP office since the disarmament in 2009.

“It is also a truism that the above states have also suffered similar fates in the area of reintegration and empowerment contrary to spirit and letters of the Presidential Amnesty Programme as constituted by His Excellency Late Former President Musa Yaradua in 2009.

“The marginalisation of these states has left a distasteful taste in the mouths of the ex-agitators and impacted communities because delegates who applied for vocational training in the program are often rejected and the same position applies to those who applied for scholarship to acquire Higher Education at the tertiary level.

“As a matter of fact, such persons are extorted and not given equal opportunities and a level playing field by the office representing the government.

“For this, the Niger Delta Volunteers for Good Governance is collaborating with sister organisations in setting out modalities to ensure there is equity, fairness, transparency and justice in the composition of the new board and distribution of positions to reflect effective and equal participation in the office; otherwise it will call for a total lock down of economic activities within the Niger Delta region which may also lead to breach of public peace to press home our demands,” the group added.

The group therefore called on the Federal Government, “to as a matter of urgency, consider the plights of these states in order to forestall break down of law and order and breach of the peace in line with true intents and letters of the PAP agreement. A stitch in time saves nine.”

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