David Amusa, Port Harcourt
The Rivers state Liaison office of the Presidential Amnesty Programme has been commissioned in Port Harcourt.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Prof. Charles Dokubo, said the essence of the Rivers state office was to bring the programme nearer to the people.
He said the office in Port Harcourt would help reduce the influx of people of the state to Abuja with regard to the activities of the programme.
This, he said, had caused colossal amounts of money, time and losses in accidents.
Dokubo further said the office would be of immense benefit as people from all nooks and crannies of Rivers state would come to make requests or lay complaints with regard to the activities of the Office, pointing out that nobody is more Niger Deltan than the other.
Earlier, the Liaison officer, Alabo Fenibo M.M. Jack, said he was elated with the commissioning of the office, which he said would bring the Presidential Amnesty Programme to the door steps of the people.
He said the liaison office in Port Harcourt had started operation in conjunction with the University of Port Harcourt and the Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC) to manage waste, adding that 1000 youths were about to be trained in waste management and renewable energy.
He was full of praises to President Muhammadu Buhari for re-organizing the Presidential Amnesty Programme in line with global best practices.
He announced the setting up of a Mini-van and Tri-cycle scheme, which would be distributed among 5,000 youths in the area.
He disclosed that some youths in the area would be trained as surveillance cadets as part of a wider scheme to get the agitators engaged in meaningful activities.