The Movement for the Survival of the Izon Ethnic Nationality of the Niger Delta MOSIEND, has commended the Federal Government for the suspension of the planned termination of the Presidential Amnesty Programme PAP, for ex-agitators in the Niger Delta.
National President of the group, Kennedy Tonjo-West while describing it as a welcomed development, said, “again, the federal government has heeded to the general voice of the people of the region as it concerns the wellbeing of the PAP. It is timely and healthy for both the federal government and the region in terms of peace, security and business.
“For MOSIEND, we commend the federal government for retracing their steps, while the Amnesty programme is not an endless programme, the federal government should address the reason for the agitation at the first place, which is developing the region and allowing the people to manage as well as control their resources.
“Also, to implement the spirit and letter that established the Amnesty programme which is quality education, entrepreneur and vocational training for the beneficiaries. We commend the Interim Administrator of the PAP, Maj General Barry Ndiomo (rtd) for being a good messenger and ambassador, for furnishing the government on the true position of the people of the region.”
He added that, “going forward, the beneficiaries that have not been paid their stipends for the months of September and October should be paid promptly, while Education, vocational and entrepreneur training should commence in earnest. It is important to remind beneficiaries of the PAP that Amnesty programme will not continue forever, hence, they should make hay while the sun shines and a stich in time save nine.”