A group of ex-militants, Trained Ex Agitators Forum, has accused the newly appointed Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Charles Quaker Dokubo, of running the office like a family business.
The ex-militants, in a statement questioned the continued involvement of Mrs. Hilda Dokubo in the running of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
Ifiemi Prince Berepubo, who signed the statement on behalf of the ex-militants said Mrs. Hilda Dokubo, “a known card carrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party, has literally taken over the office as she currently sits and heads the tenders board of the agency, in the absence of the newly appointed coordinator.”
He added that the appointment of Prof Charles Quaker Dokubo, was supposed to be a remedy to the issues facing the agency, but is turning out to be far from our expectations.
The statement reads in part; “Prof Dokubo has appointed his relation, Mrs. Hilda Dokubo, a known card carrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party, to be his Executive Assistant. Mrs. Hilda who is known for her involvement in the Nigerian Movie industry, has literally taken over the office as she currently sits and heads the tenders board of the agency, in the absence of the newly appointed coordinator.
“An individual who has been a registered contractor with the Amnesty Office since inception, cannot hold such a sensitive position without bias. Mrs. Hilda Executive Director/ CEO of The Centre For Creative Arts Education (CREATE) an NGO that has been awarded contracts to train hundreds of Amnesty Beneficiaries in the past.
Information reaching us, has it that she has already started running the activities of the office and is set to incorporate three of her companies, in to the agency to handle, Monitoring and Evaluation, Media and Human Resources.
“Surprisingly these three departments have been very effective in the past and are still fully functional departments in the Amnesty Office. How she wants to manipulate her way into scraping these existing departments is still a mystery.
“Currently all other activities of the office have been grounded as the new Executive has mandated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to freeze the accounts of all contractors and vendors currently carrying out services for the agency, while she looks into the viability of continuing the various contracts. A contractor is doing this!
This means that all empowerment exercises, training exercises, and educational exercises for beneficiaries, have been put on halt, as contractors cannot access funds to carry out their activities. This has left beneficiaries stranded and angry in various parts of the country.
“We call on Prof Charles Dokubo to hit the ground running, and take charge of the mandate given to him. The Amnesty Programme is not an office to play around with. You have to be ready and competent enough for the job. With the background and track record of Prof Charles, we believe he will see the light and rigorously drive the activities of the programme, to the benefit of the Niger Delata and all of us.