Amnesty Probe: Investigate only Dikio’s tenure if you have no ulterior motive – Group tells Reps Committee

A gaggle underneath the aegis of Watchdog for Progressive Ijaw (WPI), has described the Home of Consultant Committee on Public Account, dealing with the continued probe of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), as egocentric and never appearing consistent with the general public curiosity.

The group, additionally accused the committee of getting ulterior motives within the ongoing probe, including that it’s a mere distraction on the PAP’s Interim Administrator, Col. Milland Dixon.

The coordinator, WPI, Lambart Olambo, “For the reason that proclamation of the programme by the Presidency, the committee had by no means bothered to probe the monetary dealings and actions of previous PAP coordinators”.

He recalled that stakeholders from the area continually known as for investigations into the actions of the previous Presidential Amnesty Program coordinators, who have been enmeshed in corruption allegations however that regardless of public outcries together with road protests towards them, the Home Committee saved sealed lips.

“We complained. We blocked roads and wrote petitions towards previous PAP coordinators, who deviated from the mandate of the programme and allegedly misappropriated funds and have been even linked to contract rip-off, however these lawmakers did not provoke any probe.

“What has actually modified that they’ve now began probing PAP at a time PAP’s authentic intent and function are being realised by Dikio? May or not it’s that the present optimistic change in PAP is negatively affecting the fortunes of the lawmakers”, Olambo queried.

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Olambo mentioned they weren’t towards probing Dikio however that they’d resist any try to scale back the character and character of the interim administrator with alleged malfeasance and mismanagement that occurred years earlier than he assumed his workplace.

He mentioned: “We aren’t towards probing Dikio and we all know that Dikio himself won’t cease any probe towards him. However any probe towards him should be primarily based on his actions, his actions and inactions not on the actions of his predecessors.

“It’s often mentioned that the federal government is a continuum. We agree however that doesn’t imply {that a} successor inherits the private baggage of his predecessors. A successor can’t be answerable to the actions and elegance of management of his predecessors, whose regimes he was not a part of.

“If there have been mismanagement up to now and the committee is eager about probing it, then the committee ought to go-ahead to ask individuals who have been liable for the mismanagement. All of the previous coordinators are alive and could be invited to defend their actions”.

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Olambo mentioned it was uncharitable and unacceptable for the lawmakers to topic Dikio to interrogations of monetary actions that occurred in PAP in 2015, 5 years earlier than he assumed management of the amnesty workplace.

“The place have been the lawmakers then? Dikio has come to make a distinction and we don’t need anyone to distract him. He has come to right the ills of the amnesty workplace. For the primary time, the programme has been returned to its homeowners within the Niger Delta.

“That is the primary time we’re having transparency within the verification and cost of contractors. The ex-agitators are receiving their stipends on the twenty fifth of each month. It by no means occurred earlier than.

“Dikio goes forward with the reforms of the amnesty workplace towards all odds. He’s out to make a distinction and we’re urging the Home Committee to solely monitor him and decide him by what he’s doing and to not occupy his time with points that don’t have anything to do with him”.

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