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Dokubo committed to Niger Delta development – Gov Akeredolu

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Dokubo committed to Niger Delta development - Gov Akeredolu
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, and Prof Charles Dokubo, Special adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, during the governor’s official visit to the Niger Delta Amnesty office in Abuja, on June 7th 2019.

Calls for inclusion of more persons in Amnesty Programme

Ondo State Governor, Chief Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), at the weekend, appraised the performance of the Presidential Amnesty Programme under the leadership of Prof. Charles Dokubo and expressed conviction of a deep rooted commitment to the development of the Niger Delta.

Akeredolu spoke in Abuja when he paid a courtesy visit to Dokubo in his office. He said the Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme has within a short period on the saddle, demonstrated a clear commitment to the objectives of the Programme.

“Well, it is not the first time I have met him. Prof. Dokubo is someone from Niger Delta and he is committed to this programme (Amnesty); that, he has shown today. He has a personal commitment to everything that has to do with Niger Delta because he is one of them. So, I see that in him, and he has shown it”.

The governor, however, urged the Federal Government to continuously assess and review participation in the Amnesty Programme to provide a window of opportunity for more youths in the Niger Delta to be included in the interventionist programme. He said expansion of the scope of the Amnesty Programme to accommodate more persons will take away a lot of unrest in the Niger Delta region.

Akeredolu had visited Dokubo to solicit for the inclusion into the Presidential Amnesty Programme, some youths in Ondo State who had been disarmed and granted amnesty by the state government. “We are here to discuss matters that have to do with amnesty as they affect our people in Ondo State. The meeting went well and we are going to work on our decisions.

I think a few things have been done by him (Dokubo), and from my discussion with him, there must be continuous assessment of this programme, at least, to be sure that people do not take advantage of it. If you have had opportunity to be trained or you have gone to school, then use the benefit for yourself; don’t deny others the opportunity to come into the scheme.

If you have been to the university or you have been trained and you still want to be collecting money; don’t deny others the opportunity to come into the scheme; it cannot be unending that you think that the government has all the funds in this world to spend. People who have been trained should not be expected to be paid money. No, it is not right.

I think that there must come a time where people who have completed the programme should exit so that others can come in and others who have not yet come in, there must be a way the programme can accommodate them; which is what we anchored our discussion on. The Federal Government should look into it in its entirety, so that where there are people coming in, there should be budgetary provisions for them so that they can run this programme properly.

So, if there is no money and there is no budget, there is no way that Dokubo will use his blood to run Amnesty; it is not possible. So I call on the Federal Government to look at this again so that when proposal papers are written from Amnesty, from the coordinator, then the Federal Government can look into it urgently so that they can have more people who will participate in it; it will take away a lot of unrest in the Niger Delta and this is what we are working on”.

In his remarks, Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, who expressed gratitude to the Ondo State governor for the visit, explained that inclusion of more persons into the programme is an exclusive preserve of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria. He said unless there was a presidential proclamation to accommodate more persons into the Amnesty Programme alongside a budgetary expansion, he lacked the powers to take such decision.

Dokubo, however, expressed the willingness of the Amnesty Programme to train Niger Delta youths who are not beneficiaries of the programme at the world-class training facilities which he completed and activated if state governments in the region were ready to pay monthly stipends of their delegates.

“But if we have to involve non-beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme in our training without payment of stipends, I will not be happy or willing to do so because that will be discriminatory. I can assist you with the training, but that means they will have to receive stipends from Ondo State government”, he noted.

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Tribunal sack: Dino Melaye reacts, says no cause for alarm

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The Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district, Dino Melaye, has reacted to the nullification of his victory in the March 22 election and ordering of a fresh election by the Kogi West National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Lokoja on Friday.

Melaye, in a statememt, said the judgment is a miscarriage of justice and therefore, no cause of alarm.

The PDP chieftain further said that his legal team was already studying the judgement, adding that he would appeal it.

He said he was confident that the Appeal Court would upturn the judgement of the lower tribunal.

According to him, the judgement was full of importation of information that was alien to the case.

Melaye said, “I, however, commend the courage and moral strength of the chairman of the tribunal for resisting evil and standing on the part of justice?”

“I have confidence in the Appeal Court to right the wrongs as contained in the pronouncements of the judgement.”

He added, “I also want to tell those jubilating that their jubilation will be short-lived while appealing to my teeming supporters to remain calm as their mandate is safe and secure and cannot be taken through any mischievous means.

“However, our legal team is already working on appealing the judgment and I assure all that justice will prevail.”

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BREAKING: Tribunal sacks Dino Melaye as Kogi west senator

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The Kogi State National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal has quashed the victory of Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West Senatorial district.

Melaye (PDP) was declared winner in the February election by INEC but Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC) approached the tribunal, challenging INEC declaration on three grounds of irregularities, over voting and non compliance with the electoral acts.

The three man panel led by Justice A. O. Chijioke in a unanimous judgment on Friday accepted Adeyemi’s ground and order for reelection into the senatorial axis.

…More details shortly

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Sylva assumes duty as minister of state for petroleum …As NNPC, others welcome him

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The newly appointed Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has assumed duties with a pledge to reposition and chart a way forward for the Nigerian petroleum sector.

A press release Wednesday by the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, said Chief Sylva pledged to work with the experts at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the other departments and agencies under the Ministry to move the sector forward.

In a welcome ceremony for Chief Sylva at the NNPC Towers in Abuja, the new Minister of State for Petroleum Resources who was accompanied by his wife, Alanyingi Sylva, stated that with the calibre of workforce in the Ministry, he was sure that the nation’s oil and gas sector would move to the next level.

Chief Sylva, who is a former Governor of Bayelsa State brings on the job several years of cognate experience in the petroleum sector.

The new Minister of State contributed profoundly to the institution of the Amnesty programme in the Niger Delta region which, over time, has led to restoration of peace in the oil producing areas of Nigeria.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, reassured Chief Sylva of the readiness of all members of staff in the Ministry to support him to succeed in the onerous task of transforming the Nigerian oil and gas sector for the good of all stakeholders.

On hand to welcome the Minister at the brief ceremony were the Group Managing director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari; Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Training Development Fund (PTDF), Dr. Bello Aliyu Gusau; and the Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF), Alhaji Ahmed Bobboi, amongst others.

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