September 23, 2022

Deploy dialogue to address grievances, Dikio tells N’Deltans

The Acting Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Program (PAP), Colonel Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd), has urged aggrieved people in the Niger Delta region to embrace dialogue and negotiations as tools to resolve disputes in the region.
He insisted that the use of intellectual property, networking and negotiations remained the most powerful means of drawing attention to the problems of deprivation, marginalization and environmental degradation.
Dikio, according to a statement signed by his special adviser, Nneotabase Egbe, spoke yesterday at an event marking the 50th birthday of the former chairman of the board of directors of the National Agency for Detection and Intervention in case of oil spills (NOSDRA), Major Lancelot Anyanya (rtd) in Abouja.
The PAP boss said Niger Delta leaders should strive to participate in negotiations within the board instead of resorting to street agitations which would always lead to negative consequences.
While praising Anyanya for his contribution to peace and development in the Niger Delta, Dikio said his administration had been largely successful due to the security expert’s vital role.
He said, “When I was given this appointment, I prayed for destiny helpers, and one of the destiny helpers that God sent to me was Lancelot Anyanya. Our relationship began in 1990, but over the years we have kept fate and also kept in touch.
“I remember when I chose to retire from the military he was one of the people I spoke to. And so, without spilling any real secrets, if you want things done, seek out Lancelot.
“What connects us is our passion to make the Niger Delta the safest place to live and do business in Nigeria. And taking inspiration from the play ‘Tekena’ (a story from the Niger Delta), we intend to do this through dialogue, building bridges, negotiation and networking”.
Reflecting on their relationship, Dikio said Anyanya had gone through all the basics of the Nigerian military and was prepared enough for life’s challenges, which he noted made him successful. .
He said: “His career is the epitome of a man who took seriously the biblical injunction ‘to fight the good fight of faith’. He exudes a positive “can do” influence that is contagious. There’s no excuse for failure if you’re around Lancelot. He will find a way and he will propose solutions. If he doesn’t have it immediately, he will find it. That’s the kind of man he is.
“One of Lancelot’s strengths is that he understands what are called vertical and horizontal relationships. Its very important. He is a man with great aspirations, not just for himself, but for his generation. He is a friend of influencers”.
Some of the dignitaries present at the event who also paid their respects to Anyanya were the Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri; his predecessor, Senator Seriake Dickson; and Secretary to the Federation Government; Mr Boss Mustapha.
Others were a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Prince Chibudom Nwuche; the former national chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, among others.

By: Akujobi Amadi