Presidential Amnesty Programme adopts hands-on model for empowerment – Official

to transform into skilled entrepreneurs.


The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) has launched a new model of empowerment that will transform delegates into skilled entrepreneurs and/or employable citizens contributing meaningfully to the of the Niger Delta region, and the nation at large.


The Interim Administrator of the PAP, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd) announced this statement on Monday, describing it as an end-to-end empowerment model.


The statement says that PAP will partner with organizations that are ready and capable of its delegates, employing successful trainees and mentoring them to achieve post proficiency. Thereafter, they will be encouraged to branch out or own subsidiaries of the parent company. The catch that since the delegates are potential employees, they will be well to fit into the company offering the . Those who do not make it will have themselves to blame for a missed .

According to Col. Dikio (rtd), this will curb multiplicity of the same kind of empowerment and substandard empowerment packages that are not in line with the vision for the Amnesty Programme.

“We have designed a wholistic high quality empowerment package that will reduce delegates’ dependence on monthly stipends.”


“We cannot continue to say we are empowering our delegates and they cannot boast of anything to do or even find suitable jobs that suit the skills they have learnt.”

“This the model that used by most businesses and organizations in the South – East and this has proven to be highly successful and effective”.

The statement further explains that vendors who wish to and empowerment programmes for must obtain a letter of approval before commencement.


Col. Dikio (rtd) assured delegates Presidential Amnesty Programme currently working out the processes that will ensure that they are not short-changed or deprived of opportunities. 


It will be recalled that of the focal points of the programme is the Niger Delta the best place to live and do by directing available resources to achieve optimum results, and the leadership of the PAP is committed to actualizing this goal.