…….within a week due to allegations of serious misconduct and incompetence.
By Ebi Ajasco:
Niger Delta ex-agitators participating in the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, have issued a plea to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, urging him to dismiss Maj. Gen. Barry Tariye Ndiomu (rtd), the Interim Administrator of the program, within a week due to allegations of serious misconduct and incompetence.
The beneficiaries of the PAP, gathered under the Niger Delta Defence Corps, NDDC, voiced their concerns yesterday, accusing Ndiomu of lacking direction and displaying incompetence, which they believe is a deliberate attempt to abruptly terminate the program contrary to its original objectives.
Gen. John Egbe, the leader of the group, speaking on behalf of its members, appealed to President Tinubu to take swift action in removing Ndiomu, as his inept management approach has contributed to escalating tensions within the Niger Delta region.
We are calling on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to sack Maj. Gen. Barry Tariye Ndiomu (rtd) immediately because he is driving the programme and the Niger Delta region into chaos. We also urge Mr President to appoint an administrator from Delta Ijaw because no Deltan has ever been appointed since inception of the programme.
“The many anomalies arising from Ndiomu’s administrative style were enough reasons for us to retaliate as usual, but because of the apparent visionary leadership style of Mr President, we decided to back out of our earlier plan.
“Thousands of us have not been paid our monthly stipends since Ndiomu assumed office, who has also employed a divide-and-rule tactic in his dealings with leaders of ex-agitators.
“Again, the financial fraud allegations against him, his refusal to pay thousands of beneficiaries and the stoppage of training are pointer to the fact that he’s on a mission to sabotage the programme as earlier planned with the former NSA.
“It’s enough, Mr President should do the needful to avoid escalation of the brewing tension in the Niger Delta, as we’re ready to embark on the unimaginable voyage to the creeks.
“Finally, we hereby advise traditional rulers and politicians praising Ndiomu despite his apparent clueless leadership style to desist from their evil act. If they’re on the same page with Ndiomu regarding the programme, then they should prepare for our wrath”, Egbe said.