Abuja—The leadership of People Living With Disabilities from Impacted Niger Delta Communities has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for rescinding the plan to terminate the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).
According to the group, the decision is a pointer to the fact that the Buhari-led Federal Government loves the region and listens to the yearnings of its people.
In a press statement released in Port Harcourt by its spokesperson, Mr. Amakiri A. Amakiri, on Saturday, they noted that the monthly stipend, scholarship and other empowerment activities of the Amnesty Programme have been of great benefit to Niger Deltans.
“Without PAP, the region would still be experiencing violent agitations that threaten national security and development, being the goose that lays the golden eggs.
“Therefore the rumour of the planned termination of the PAP was vehemently opposed by various delegates and stakeholders.
“Our deep appreciation goes to Major General Barry Ndiomu (rtd) for communicating the unanimous plea of Niger Deltans for the continuity of the programme. It takes a good messenger to convey a message of his people to his principal and that is what Ndiomu has done diligently.
“With this huge success, Ndiomu has proven beyond reasonable doubt that he prioritizes the interest of all Niger Delta ex-agitators and indigenes of the impacted communities, including those with disabilities,” the statement reads in part.
The statement also urged amnesty delegates and stakeholders to give Ndiomu the needed support to reposition the programme to achieve set objectives like never before.
They also expressed confidence that the new amnesty boss will ensure that PAP will also give more scholarships and training opportunities to PWDs from impacted communities.