A reassessment of the N65 billion Presidential Amnesty Programme funding is being demanded by the Ijaw youth

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An increase to the funding for the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) in the 2024 budget has been requested by the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC).

Jonathan Lokpobiri, president of the council, made the demand in a statement that was made accessible to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday.

The head of the IYC said that the program might adapt to the present by increasing funding for the PAP, which would allow it to fulfill expectations and reality.

An yearly budget of N65 billion is completely inadequate in light of the rapid depreciation of the Naira. This is due to the fact that the capabilities of N65 billion in 2023 will differ from those in 2024.

In a statement, Lokpobiri urged President Bola Tinubu to increase the PAP’s budget.

He said that the initiative has made a significant difference in the lives of Niger Delta youth.

As the regional youth organization, he emphasized the IYC’s dedication to forming a strategic alliance with Major-General Barry Ndiomu (Rtd), the Interim Administrator of PAP.

While speaking, Ndiomu applauded the IYC President for recognizing the PAP’s financial constraints.

Commenters who fail to accurately state their points annoy me. The fact that Lokpobiri recognized the present reality of the Naira to dollar exchange rate is much appreciated.

Ndiomu charged the IYC leadership with encouraging the region’s youth to shun sloth and instead come up with more substantial, long-term solutions to their problems, and he urged the organization to spread the word about the PAP’s numerous achievements.

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