The Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Maj-Gen Barry Ndiomu (rtd), has sympathised with the government and people of Bayelsa State, particularly victims of the devastating flood that ravaged the community last month, and promised to assist within his powers in areas that need intervention.
Ndiomu expressed his sympathy when he visited Odoni Kingdom, his country home in Bayelsa State.
Special Assistant to the Interim Administrator on Media, Mr. Thomas Peretu, in a statement, said the administrator also welcomed the support of Niger Deltans, particularly his Kinsmen, for his appointment, promising to use his new assignment to reposition the Programme for better service delivery in line with set objectives.
The PAP boss, who was visiting his community for the first time since his appointment on September 15, 2022, said he found it necessary to visit his people and solicit their support to achieve his mandate, assuring that he would remain focused despite attempts by those he described as ‘mischief makers’ to undermine current efforts at repositioning the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
Ndiomu expressed appreciation for the warm reception, further assuring the people of his commitment to upholding the core values of integrity, transparency and accountability in the discharge of his duties.
The traditional ruler of Odoni Kingdom, HRH Pere Stephen Albert, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing their illustrious son to head the Amnesty Programme, saying Odoni People will never forget the president’s gesture, describing Ndiomu as a rare gift to the community.
The Traditional ruler, on behalf of the Odoni Community, also commended President Buhari for his decision to suspend the winding down of the PAP which he said would have put a lot of pressure on Ndiomu and project him as an enemy of the Niger Delta.
He pledged to support Ndiomu to succeed, especially with the reforms he has embarked on to recalibrate the amnesty programme to meet its original mandate of empowering the primary beneficiaries of the programme.
“We thank President Muhammadu Buhari for remembering us and appointing our son. This is a great honour to us and we will not forget this gesture. We are proud of your achievements in the service of your fatherland and we assure you that we are standing by you. We will continually pray that the good Lord will uphold you and see through all difficult seasons and you shall return to give testimonies of his goodness and mercy,” he concluded.