Unaccounted Presidential Amnesty expenditures worry MOSIEND
From Amos Odeh, Yenogoa
The leadership of the MOVEMENT for the survival of the Ijaw ethnic nationality of the Niger Delta, MOSIEND says it is necessary for its members across various clans and zones to go for leadership training and retraining exercise for them to function properly wherever they found themselves.
This MOSIEND , said was borne out of the desire for the Ijaw group to be different from other ethnic based organizations.
Speaking with journalists shortly after a strategic meeting with zonal and clan executives,MOSIEND president,Comrade Kenneth Tonjo-West reiterated the group’s quest of becoming a pacesetter among sister ethnic based groups in and around the Niger Delta and beyond.
Tonjo-West said to this end,MOSIEND under his leadership would be organising periodic leadership training for members in a bid to inculcating in them up-to- date trends in leadership as well as managerial know-how. “One of the ways to distinguish MOSIEND from other groups is the regular interactions such as this.” he said.
Our correspondent learnt that Tonjo-West is about the 9th president of MOSIEND.
The group, our sources also learnt has regularly been in the vanguard of advocacy for justice and proper treatment of the Ijaw people by the Federal government and multinationals operating in Ijaw land since the creation of Bayelsa state.
In related development, from the fallout of the stakeholders summit organised in Yenagoa Tuesday by the interim administrator of the Presidential Amnesty coordinator,Col.Miland Dixon Dikio,MOSIEND has again called on the Amnesty handlers to give account of how much has been approved, budgeted and expended on the programme since its inception .
MOSIEND stated that by letting the people of the Niger Delta know how much has been released and expended in prosecuting the programme,the rumours making the rounds on the various sums of monies which were alleged to have been approved but diverted for personal ends by management of the programme will be put to rest.
According to the MOSIEND leadership, the failure of successive managements of the presidential Amnesty programme,PAP was a direct neglect of stakeholders who have been in the fore front of bringing lasting peace in the Niger Delta region by the office.
Following this,MOSIEND has advised the interim management of the programme to prevail on the appropriate Federal offices to relief all civil servants currently working in the presidential Amnesty office of their responsibilities, saying the bane of the programme was the corrupt practices by the unprofessional civil servants staff of the office who are bent on undoing the programme.