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 A former president of Ijaw Youths Council IYC Worldwide Dr Onyifie Jonjon has called for the rejigging of the amnesty deal signed between the Federal Government and repentant militants of the Niger Delta The administration of deceased President Umaru Yar Adua signed the amnesty deal with the repentant militants in 2009 It came into effect on Aug 6 of that year Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Yenagoa Dr Jonjon said the current execution of the deal was skewed against Niger Delta brokers of the deal He said that the execution rewarded violence prone people instead Jonjon stressed that those who brokered the amnesty deal had been side lined and left in the cold He added that it was regrettable and discouraging that society seemed to neglect intellectual prowess and discouraged youths from scholarly endeavours and hard work Where are people like Mr T K Ogoriba Dr Chris Ekiyor and Dr Felix Tuodolo who contributed so much in making the amnesty programme a reality he queried He lamented that after getting involved in an accident and underwent several surgeries he got nothing as reward since the amnesty programme began Jonjon is also the Special Adviser to Bayelsa governor on Ijaw nation s Affairs He said the pipeline surveillance contract signed between the Federal Government and some repentant militants ought to have reversed the unjust reward system and engage law abiding peace advocates Historically attention has been on the merchants of violence while those who are law abiding who mediated in the peace building process are not factored in I was drafted in during the agitation by militants as President of Ijaw Youths Council alongside notable Ijaw leaders When the amnesty was proclaimed there was no role for those who brainstormed to midwife the idea Jonjon lamented He stressed that Ijaw leaders who mediated and brokered peace ought to be involved in monitoring and evaluation as well as in providing intellectual support to the entire struggle He observed that amongst the beneficiaries in the pipeline surveillance contract it was only Chief Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo that was consulting and enlisting the participation of Niger Delta stakeholders He charged other beneficiaries to emulate Tompolo and carry other stakeholders along and discourage infighting amongst Niger Delta people Jonjon called for concerted efforts by beneficiaries of the surveillance contract and other stakeholders to involve more people so as to spread the benefits NewsSourceCredit NAN
Niger Delta stakeholder wants a rejigging of implementation of amnesty deal

Ijaw Youths Council

A former president of Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide, Dr Onyifie Jonjon, has called for the rejigging of the amnesty deal signed between the Federal Government and repentant militants of the Niger Delta.

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The administration of deceased President Umaru Yar’Adua signed the amnesty deal with the repentant militants in 2009. It came into effect on Aug. 6 of that year.

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News Agency

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Yenagoa, Dr Jonjon said the current execution of the deal was skewed against Niger Delta brokers of the deal.

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He said that the execution rewarded violence-prone people instead.

Jonjon stressed that those who brokered the amnesty deal had been side-lined and left in the cold.

He added that it was regrettable and discouraging that society seemed to neglect intellectual prowess and discouraged youths from scholarly endeavours and hard work.

Chris Ekiyor

“Where are people like Mr T.K. Ogoriba, Dr Chris Ekiyor and Dr Felix Tuodolo who contributed so much in making the amnesty programme a reality?’’ he queried.

He lamented that after getting involved in an accident and underwent several surgeries; he got nothing as reward since the amnesty programme began.

Special Adviser

Jonjon is also the Special Adviser to Bayelsa governor on Ijaw nation’s Affairs.

Federal Government

He said the pipeline surveillance contract signed between the Federal Government and some repentant militants ought to have reversed the unjust reward system and engage law-abiding, peace advocates.

“Historically attention has been on the merchants of violence while those who are law-abiding; who mediated in the peace building process are not factored in.

President of Ijaw Youths Council

“I was drafted in during the agitation by militants as President of Ijaw Youths Council alongside notable Ijaw leaders.

“When the amnesty was proclaimed there was no role for those who brainstormed to midwife the idea,’’ Jonjon lamented.

He stressed that Ijaw leaders who mediated and brokered peace ought to be involved in monitoring and evaluation as well as in providing intellectual support to the entire struggle.

Chief Government Ekpemupolo

He observed that amongst the beneficiaries in the pipeline surveillance contract, it was only Chief Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo that was consulting and enlisting the participation of Niger Delta stakeholders.

Niger Delta

He charged other beneficiaries to emulate Tompolo and carry other stakeholders along and discourage infighting amongst Niger Delta people.

Jonjon called for concerted efforts by beneficiaries of the surveillance contract and other stakeholders to involve more people so as to spread the benefits.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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