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Amnesty programme to facilitate employment

Amnesty programme to facilitate employment
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Less than one percent of Niger Delta Amnesty scholarship recipients employed.

Nigeria made its wealth from the overt exploration of crude oil in the Niger Delta area. However, decades of continuous oil production within the rivers and creeks and the recurrent oil spills have made this area one of the most polluted areas globally. Due to the environmental impact of oil spillages, former President Yar’Adua established the Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme to cater for the communities affected by the constant oil spills. This program has overtime, undergone different evolutionary processes that have yielded positive outcomes as regards resolving the crisis within the Niger Delta region.

However, General Barry Tariye Ndiomu, the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme has stated that the programme is set to enable job creation of about 350 graduates from the Niger Delta communities. Ndiomu, at a news conference in Abuja, noted that upon his assumption of office three months ago, observed the number of ex-agitators that were recipients of both the scholarship and vocational schemes and realized that less than one percent of these recipients were gainfully employed.

Ndiomu noted that beneficiaries of PAP had been unemployed since 2017.

He noted that this was at cross purposes with the intent of the amnesty programme which was designed to facilitate immense help for the victims affected by the recurrent oil spillages in Niger Delta. He pointed out that these 350 individuals from the Niger Delta region were extremely brilliant, having notched first class and second class upper degrees. He further said that the federal government, at the time had decided that the beneficiaries should work within the various federal ministries, agencies and departments.

Continuing on, he stated that in spite of the federal directive, these people had been unemployed since 2017. He stated that while he was already in contact with the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, he was also making efforts to contact the Vice President, to ensure that these 350 beneficiaries were gainfully employed as soon as possible. He however stated that the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation was presently looking into it.

Increased numbers of ex-agitators caused the programme to deviation.

As a matter of fact, he indicated that while these beneficiaries had actually been distributed to various federal ministries, there had just been no immediate implementation and as such, he promised to give it the necessary push to enhance the actualization of their employments. He further pointed his optimism that upon the involvement of the Vice President, the 350 youths from Niger Delta would be gainfully employed to various ministries in the federal civil service.

He also disclosed that upon assuming the office, he had a concise mandate from the Office of the National Security Adviser as to the duties expected of him, one of which was the directive to halt contract awards. With this, awards of scholarships were to be discontinued. He noted that this directive was shaped to help him understand the activities of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and procure methods for the actualization. The Interim Administrator disclosed that the programme which was supposed to have ended in 2015, witnessed an increased number of ex-agitators., causing the programme to deviate from its original essence.

Three quarters of scholarship beneficiaries not agitators.

On the scholarship scheme, he explained that most of the recipients were not even the agitators and as such, it transcended into a social welfare programme, cutting across the Niger Delta. Ndiomu again disclosed that one of the mandate demanded of him was an educational audit for ascertaining the amount of ex-agitators that had received training both in Nigerian institutions and overseas. While his office had just received reports of the audit, he could ascertain that at least three quarters of the beneficiaries of the programme were not agitators.


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21 days ago

Amnesty programme to facilitate employment – Less than one percent of Niger Delta Amnesty scholarship recipients employed. – Express your point of view.

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21 days ago

Over time, this initiative has experienced several evolutionary processes that have produced fruitful results in terms of resolving the problem in the Niger Delta region.

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21 days ago

This region is one of the most polluted on the planet as a result of decades of unchecked oil extraction within the rivers and creeks and frequent oil spills. In light of the devastating effects of oil spills on the environment,

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8
21 days ago

The number of former activists who were granted scholarships as well as participation in vocational training programs, and the realization that fewer than one percent of these beneficiaries were currently engaged in meaningful employment

Member
8
21 days ago

Since the federal government, at the time, had chosen that the recipients should work within the different ministries, agencies, and departments that are administered by the federal government.

Member
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21 days ago

The vast majority of those who received aid were not even involved in the protests; as a result, the initiative evolved into a social welfare program that extended throughout the Niger Delta.

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21 days ago

that one of the mandates asked of him was an educational audit for the purpose of determining the number of former agitators who had gotten training both in institutions located in Nigeria and abroad.

Member
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21 days ago

The Interim Administrator reported that the program, which had been scheduled to terminate in 2015, had seen an increase in the number of former agitators, which caused the program to stray from its primary purpose.

Member
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21 days ago

The Amnesty programme is a good organized one given the purpose it was geared toward. While we fish from their side, they are also entitled to this kind of benefits.

Member
8
21 days ago

The program is not leading well to is main aim due to the increase of number of former agitator. And the recurrent oil spills have made this area one of the most polluted areas globally. The environment will have issue due to linkage of oil

Member
8
21 days ago

The Buhari-led administration has never support the Niger delta Amnesty scholarship. They only played along. It is now Six years the agitators who were promised employment into federal ministry have been employed. It is well o

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21 days ago

Amnesty programme to facilitate employment. The amnesty is very important. Hope they will be sincere with it

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21 days ago

Corruption is the major problem facing Nigeria and that is what happens to the amnesty program because any program that involves money people will find ways how to corner and this will not make the program effective and moreover the employment is another big issue

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20 days ago

The reasons why we have amnesty in Niger Delta is reduce the rate of unemployment in that region, pipeline vandalisation and responses to the agitations but the administration of President Mohammed Buhari is not been helpful in this regard. Thanks to the vice president for prompt response to situation like for he will definitely proffer solutions to those who should have been employed in the federal ministry office since 2017.

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20 days ago

As a result of its intended use, the Amnesty program is well-structured and well-executed. They should be entitled to the same benefits we enjoy while fishing on their side.

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20 days ago

The amnesty program fails due of corruption and unemployment, which are Nigeria’s biggest issues.

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20 days ago

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Last edited 20 days ago by Bola12
Member
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20 days ago

The administration of President Mohammed Buhari is not been helpful in this regard. Big thank you to the vice president for prompt response to situation like for he will definitely proffer solutions to those who should have been employed in the federal ministry office since 2017.

Member
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20 days ago

This effort has undergone a number of transformations over time, each of which has contributed to making progress toward a permanent solution to the Niger Delta crisis.

Member
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20 days ago

The number of former activists who received scholarships and enrollment in training courses, as well as the knowledge that less than 1% of these recipients were currently employed in meaningful work

Abusi
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19 days ago

Amnesty is actually very important. People given Amnesty should also be given the work permit to also work. It is very important for means of livelihood to be provided.

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