Former Niger Delta agitators have warned firms willing to approach the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) for contracts that it will no longer be business as usual under the leadership of the programme Interim Administrator, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio.
The former agitators explained that Dikio had not awarded new contracts since he came on board because he was interested in sanitising the process to actualise the reintegration phase of the programme.
The National Secretary, First Phase Ex-Agitators, Nature Dumale, spoke in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday after accompanying Dikio to inspect commercial farms in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, as part of arrangements to roll out trainings for ex-agitators on agriculture.
He said the amnesty boss inherited many ex-agitators, who went through various training programmes without empowerment, noting that Dikio had evolved a new strategy of Train, Employ and Mentor (TEM) to deal with the shortcomings.
Dumale said only contractors whose proposals and facilities were in line with TEM would be considered for fresh jobs in PAP.
He said: “It is no longer business as usual. You will not get any contract from the amnesty office except due diligence are properly carried out to the satisfaction of procurement, legal, project and account departments including the Interim Administrator himself, who is a diligent man.
“The amnesty boss has come up with the vision of TEM. It is a process where any person that comes up to do a contract will know it is not business as usual. You are going to do a presentation showing statistics, evidence and proofs of the fact that you can take delegates to your company, get them trained, employed and mentored so that at the end of the day they can get job somewhere because they have been properly mentored.