Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has advised its committee on Niger Delta to investigate the presidential amnesty program to determine how funds disbursed were spent.
Saraki also want the committee to uncover the truth over the alleged diversion of funds meant for the amnesty program since it was established, He also said that is the reason the amnesty program could not achieve it mandate.
He maintained that until the truth is told, the nation will continue to do the wrong thing. Senate president Bukola Saraki wants the committee to interact with the critical stakeholders from the Niger Delta to bring the lasting solution to these problems.
And it appears that the senate committee on amnesty is set to do justice in ensuring that all leakages in the amnesty program are blocked
Chairman of the committee Peter Nwaoboshi in his opening remark said the public hearing will among other things take stocks with a view to recommending correction of any anomaly hampering the success of the program.
The committee chairman peter Nwaoboshi also comment that this public hearing will go a long way to solve this lingering problem that bring this country to a standstill.
A stakeholder, professor Jasper Jumbo, said that a downward review of the NDDC allocation will not be acceptable by the region
Jumbo, was also of the view that owing the commission will amount to disrupting of the existing agreement
He condemned the current militarization of the region, saying one percent of the fund used in mobilizing the military could have been used to develop the area.
At the end of the two day public hearing the committee is expected to submit its report to the senate for further legislative inputs
It’s the first day of the public hearing on the presidential amnesty programme.
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