In support of the extension of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), which was instituted to curb youth restiveness in the South-Southern part of Nigeria, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, CFR, has assured of the Office readiness to offer assistance where possible to PAP to ensure the goals for which the Federal Government established the Office is met for the benefit of peace in the country.
She disclosed this while receiving a delegation from the PAP, led by the Interim Administrator, Maj. Gen. Barry Taiye Ndiomu mni (rtd), who were on courtesy call to her Office, on 11th November, 2023.
While acknowledging the poor representation of people from South-South in the Federal Civil Service, she intimated her audience of the embargo on employment with presidential clause on health sector and security agencies.
Earlier in his speech, the leader of the delegation as well as the Interim Administrator of PAP, Maj. Gen. Ndiomu (rtd) explained that the Presidential Amnesty Programme, which was introduced to arrest youth restiveness in the Niger Delta region was meant to end in 2015, but was extended to till date because of its benefit to the restoration of peace in the area concerned.
According to him the restiveness being experienced in the Niger Delta region is basically due to lack of employment for the young graduates, who graduated from different Universities and in different disciplines. He said that the Civil Service can be of help in its own way to reduce the burden of PAP in the area of engaging the young graduates and appealed to the Head of the Service of the Federation to intervene.
For: Deputy Director, Communications
11th November, 2022