Amnesty boss to Niger Delta: Use dialogue to address grievances
Col. Milland Dikio (retd.), the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme has charged persons who were aggrieved by reason of alleged marginalisation or environmental deprivation in the Niger Delta to adopt dialogue and negotiations to resolve disputes in the region.
According to Dikio, the use of intellectual property, negotiations and networking remained the most potent tools of seeking attention to issues of deprivation.
This was contained in a statement signed and released to newsmen in Port Harcourt by his Special Adviser on Media, Nneotabase Egbe.
According to the statement, Dikio spoke at an event to mark the 50th birthday anniversary of the former board Chairman of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, Maj. Lancelot Anyanya (retd.), in Abuja.
Dikio further said the Niger Delta leaders should strive to be part of the boardroom negotiations, rather than resorting to street agitations that may lead to negative consequences.
He praised Anyanya for contributing to the peace and development of the Niger Delta, saying his administration as the PAP boss had been largely successful due to the vital role he was playing.
“When I was given this appointment, I prayed that I wanted to have destiny helpers and one of the destiny helpers God sent my way was Lancelot Anyanya. Our relationship started in 1990, but over the years, we have kept fate and kept in touch.
Dikio further said Anyanya passed through all the stages of the Nigerian Army and was adequately prepared for the challenges of life, which he said made him succeed.
“One of the strong points of Lancelot is that he understands what is called vertical and horizontal relationships. That is very important.
“He is a man who has big aspirations, not just for himself, but for his generation. He is a friend of influencers,” the Amnesty boss stated.
The Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, his predecessor, Seriake Dickson, and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, were among dignitaries who paid tributes to Anyanya at the event.
Others were a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Prince Chibudom Nwuche; former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, among others.
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