The leadership of Niger Delta Youth Leaders for Good Governance, NDYLGG, has requested President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to dismiss the demands made by individuals advocating for the removal of the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, Maj. Gen. Barry Ndiomu (rtd) from his position.
In a statement released yesterday and signed by NDYLGG President, Comrade Ebi Akpoegberibo, which was shared with the press, the group acknowledged the accomplishments of Ndiomu’s leadership in the Programme. They highlighted the implementation of innovative measures that aim to empower former agitators, promoting self-sufficiency, wealth creation, entrepreneurship, and job creation.
The group, therefore, urges the President to pay no attention to those who oppose progress and desire to maintain the existing conditions in the PAP, allowing them to continue their corrupt practices.
They assert that these calls are part of a malicious plot to hinder Ndiomu’s efforts to reform the system and elevate the Programme to a higher level in accordance with the original vision and principles of its founders.
The statement reads: “First, we want to thank President Tinubu for the determined efforts to rescue the nation and take it to the next level; we urge Mr President to be focused on providing a new lease of life for the masses and also to write his name in gold”.
“We are constrained to react to the dastardly and dirty politics spewing in the direction of the PAP office, with some sponsored groups calling for the removal of Maj. Gen. Barry Ndiomu from office despite his apparent efforts in repositioning the Programme for the good of beneficiaries and the development of the Niger Delta”.
“We want to unequivocally state that Ndiomu is an upright person who comes with high integrity to change the PAP narrative, which earlier chief executive officers could have done to make the the fourteen years of the Programme’s existence relevant. It is appalling to note that some beneficiaries are passive in many ways in a programme meant for them and Ndiomu has been working hard to ensure all beneficiaries are given equal opportunities”.
“The allegations against Ndiomu that he has not deployed beneficiaries for training is irrelevant as backlog of debts arising from previous trainings by his predecessors has to be cleared before fresh deployment while similar allegations in online media are spurious and unsubstantiated.
“We call on those in the business of pull-Ndiomu-down in the region to desist and turn a new leaf as many beneficiaries are happy with the General’s initiatives for the overall success of the programme.
“So, we urged all beneficiaries and Niger Deltans in general to give the needed support and encouragement to Ndiomu to enable him actualize his good intentions for the Programme”.
“As members of NDYLGG, we pass a vote of confidence on Maj. Gen. Barry Ndiomu and also call on Mr President to equally give him the needed support to take the Programme to the next level”.