By Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt
The Joint Job Force (JTF), Operation Delta Safe, has acknowledged that the options adopted by the Meantime Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd), has promoted peace in the Niger Delta jam.
Talking on Friday evening when the amnesty boss paid him a courtesy consult with in Yenagoa, Bayelsa Recount, the Commander, JTF, Rear Admiral Aminu Hassan, attributed the silent in the Niger Delta to Dikio’s constant engagement with ex-agitators and his urged payment of their month-to-month stipends.
Describing the amnesty put of enterprise as severe to the sustenance of the peace in the jam, Hassan acknowledged Dikio became as soon as making the job of JTF more uncomplicated by giving ex-agitators in the Niger Delta a sense of belonging.
Addressing Dikio, he acknowledged: “Your put of project is of pastime to us because in spite of is going on there has a ripple end on us. If there is peace in the work you are doing, we can feel the peace and we might possibly possibly additionally additionally touch it and know there is peace. Nevertheless if there isn’t one of these thing as a peace we are the most valuable line of defence for that.
“Nevertheless we can discover there is peace. We love your good work. A pair of of us had been following all you have been doing in that put. Since you took over there had been two key options you adopted that I imagine are guidelines on how to dash.
“One is that you are repeatedly across the ex-agitators and that is a in point of fact good strategy. You might possibly possibly well be repeatedly with them. You hear from them and you focus on with them. We’re all human beings and all us need that sense of belonging and when we now be pleased it, it reduces tension and stress.
“2nd is the neatly-liked payment of stipends. It is one other key put and I am encouraging you to continually continue alongside that line. These two areas of actual engagement and neatly-liked payment of stipends are a must-be pleased and they also are in point of fact solving replacement problems.”
Hassan also commended Dikio’s resolution to begin the dull empowerment of all ex-agitators, who had been beforehand educated on talents but had remained jobless.
He appealed to Dikio to pick out on his imaginative and prescient on food security critically and inspired him to remain resolute in his resolution to actualize the mandate of PAP for the jam in spite of foreseeable boundaries.
Hassan described the Strategic Verbal change Committee location up by Dikio as PAP’s first line of defence pronouncing the committee must nonetheless be inspired to actualize its terms of reference.
Earlier Dikio defined that his consult with became as soon as section of his Return to the Location Tour, a programme he initiated final year to integrate all severe stakeholders into his imaginative and prescient to actualize the common mandate of PAP.
He acknowledged on assumption of put of enterprise, he seen that the most valuable motive whereas ex-agitators most steadily trooped to the streets in thunder became as soon as on story of lack of payment of their allowances.
Dikio acknowledged he made it a deliberate policy that the month-to-month stipends for the agitators desires to be paid on 25th of every month together with that in spite of the hiccups in June, the allowances had been paid on 21st ahead of time table.
He told the JTF that the PAP reorganised the coaching advance to carry out ex-agitators a success entrepreneurs thru the model of pronounce, make utilize of and mentor.
Dikio disclosed that ex-agitators, who had already got talents would be constituted into cooperatives and linked to Minute and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) on three known platforms of food security, maritime security and maritime transport.
He acknowledged amnesty delegates after their assembly in Agadagba resolved to tame kidnapping and piracy on the waterways together with that PAP would see areas of collaboration with the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) on maritime security.
Dikio added that he became as soon as partnering with the Bayelsa Recount Executive to revive the moribund 500 fish ponds in the disclose to be outdated school as a coaching facility for ex-agitators on fish farming.
He acknowledged: “We illustrious from the beginning that the most valuable declare that ended in their outpouring on the avenue is the inability of payment of their allowances. Now we be pleased taken measures to ensure their payment is got most steadily and successfully timed and we location for ourselves 25th of every month as their pay day.
“This month we started payment on 21st. We paid ahead of schedules. The extra or less coaching they got in the previous became as soon as now not sufficient to prepare them for reintegration. So, we now be pleased made up our minds to pronounce, make utilize of and mentor. We’re spherical to examine facilities the put we can pronounce, mentor them sooner than they are going to doubtless be pleased their agencies.
“We recognise that some of them be pleased got some talents and we now be pleased made up our minds to have an effect on them into cooperatives and match them with the actual SMEs. Now we be pleased three platforms, food security, maritime security and maritime transport.
“We purchased a dedication from the leadership of the amnesty delegates after their meting in Agadagba. They issued a communique that they are ready to reduction in taming kidnapping and sea piracy. Over the impending year we will be attempting for avenues of collaboration with the put of enterprise of the CNS.
“There might be 500-pond fish farm in Bayelsa that is moribund. We’re working with the govt.to urged the ponds to make utilize of them as coaching for our boys to enlarge the employment likely in the jam.”