October 1, 2023

The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) has debunked reports suggesting that its Interim Administrator, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio, (rtd) was unable to account for N3.7bn paid to ex-agitators and contractors when he appeared before the House of Representative Committee on Public Accounts.

Col. Dikio (rtd) described the reports that emanated from the committee’s hearing as misleading because the payments were made by past leadership of PAP between 2015 and 2016.

The Administrator in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media, Nneotaobase Egbe, said he only assumed office of Interim Administrator, PAP in September 2020.

Dikio said he was still in the process of putting things in their proper place to facilitate the realisation of PAP’s mandate.

He said since he assumed office, he has been focused on restoring the mandate of the programme to its original intent of transforming the delegates into skilled and employable citizens with the capacity to meaningfully contribute to the development of the Niger Delta region, while correcting the anomalies that he met in the office, which the queries alluded to in the first instance.

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