Lawrence Alobi, former Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police, has appealed to the Federal Government to adequately fund the Presidential Amnesty Programme to maintain the prevailing peace and security in the Niger Delta.
Alobi, made this appeal in a statement issued by Murphy Ganagana, the Special Assistant, Media, to the Coordinator, PAP, Prof. Charles Dokubo, on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said this was necessary in view of the attendant effects of insecurity in the Niger Delta region and on the nation’s economy.
Alobi, who is Managing Director, High-tech Security Limited, also advocated for the inclusion of more Niger Delta youths in the programme saying “when the youth are trained and empowered they will add value to the society’’.
According to him, the more the youth are captured the more the region, government and country will benefit from peace and security that is sine qua non for development.
He said: “Amnesty programme should be sustained and properly funded so that more Niger Delta youths can be trained and empowered to sustain peace, security and development of the region; there shouldn’t be a timeline.
“Peace and security is ultimate; no nation, no community can develop without peace and security.
“When there is peace and security, development will be achieved.’’
Alobi, who also appreciated the leadership of the programme, said there was a breaking of new grounds in training and empowerment of Niger Delta youths.
He said: “Charles is embarking on human capital development and empowerment of the people.
“Training and capacity building will re-orientate the youth for them to see themselves as contributors; not as destroyers.
“And as builders of their region the youth will then have a different perception, because perception determines an attitude.’’