Group Urges FG To Promote Democratic Ethos In Amnesty Office

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The Niger Delta Rights Advocates (NDRA), an advocacy group, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to promote democratic governance in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the Amnesty Office.

Mr Darlington Nwauju made the call in a statement in Port Harcourt on Friday as Nigerians celebrates 21 years uninterrupted democracy in the country.

Nwauju said the group is not happy with the manner NDDC and the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) were being run by Interim Management Committees (IMC).

According to him, the running of both interventionist agencies by interim management committees was undemocratic and violation of Acts setting up the bodies.

“So, we call on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government and the 9th National Assembly (NASS) to promote democratic ethos in the Niger Delta.

“President Buhari and NASS should discontinue the appointment of IMCs in interventionist agencies that are responsible for the economic and political stability of the nation.

“We are saddened that NDDC and PAP are being controlled by IMCs that diametrically opposes the tenets of democracy, as our people are not evenly represented on these IMCs,” he said.

Nwauju said that setting up an interim management committee in NDDC was a clear breach of the NDDC Establishment Act of 2000 (as amended).

“So, NDRA calls on President Buhari-led administration to immediately dissolve the IMC and inaugurate a board in NDDC.

“We also demand that current IMC arrangement at the amnesty office be terminated and a substantive Special Adviser to the President and Coordinator of the PAP be appointed.

“The NDRA believes that dismantling of both IMCs will be the most soothing balm that can be given to the long suffering people of the Niger Delta region,” he appealed.


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