CORRUPTION HAS DEGRADED AMNESTY PROGRAMME, SAYS DIKIO – THE NATION PG.29
The Interim Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Colonel Millhand Dixon Dikio (rtd), has lamented the degrading effect of corruption on the core mandate of the programme. Dikio, who spoke to State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday said a lot had gone wrong with the running, saying it is indebted to the tune of N71.4 billion to contractors.
According to him, the current pass of the programme had been blamed on the pervasive effect of inadequate funding and corruption, noting that though it had been run, though out of the original plan, for eleven years, it had failed to yield the targeted results.
AMNESTY PROGRAMME: OFFICIALS FAILED TO ACCOUNT FOR N712BN, SAYS MONGUNO – PUNCH PG.9, DAILYTRUST PG.7, THISDAY PG.1&5
The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd), has said the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme has so far been subsumed in issues that are a departure from the purpose for which it was established. Monguno, who led the Interim Coordinator of the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme, Col Milland Dikio (retd.), to a meeting with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), and on Friday, told State House correspondents that N712bn was not accounted for by the programme.
RADIO BIAFRA TO EXTEND TRANSMISSION TO 19 NORTHERN STATES –IPOB – SUN PG.29
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has mocked the Federal Government’s budget of N654 million to monitor and crash Radio Biafra, insisting rather that the money is far below expectation to stop it from operation. Media and Publicity Secretary of the group, Emma Powerful in a statement he made available to Saturday Sun in Owerri yesterday also claimed that the Federal Government has made a similar attempt before, buying up the company that gave their radio station signal in Israel with two hundred million dollars. They have done that before when they bought the company that gave us signal in Israel, they will try again but they will fail, that one was about 200 million dollars, the N654 million is a small one compared to the two hundred million dollars.