Former Niger Delta militants' training contract has been revoked by the FG.

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The Presidential Amnesty Program has withdrawn the training contract granted to Express Concern International (ECN) for Niger Delta ex-agitators in its innovative Train, Employ and Mentor (TEM) scheme (PAP).

Col. Milland Dikio, the interim administrator, and Mr. Neotabase Egbe, the special adviser for media, both stated that the contract had been terminated due to a breach of the agreement.

Egbe said that the dismissal came as a result of a claim made by the Concerned Indigenes of Oil Mineral Producing States Forum (CIOMPSF) that the corporation had misused monies from the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

He added that each job awarded by PAP was secured by a performance bond provided by the benefiting firm, enabling the amnesty office to recover its money in the event of a contractor's default, and that the amnesty office had also activated its internal mechanism to retrieve the money it paid to the firm through the performance bond.

He stated:

The claims that a contractor, Express Concerns International Limited, had misused funds intended for training 90 former agitators in the agriculture value chain have caught the attention of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP). Express Concerns International Limited had in fact been hired by the PAP to train its recipients. However, due to the contractor's violation of the terms of the contract, the contract was cancelled by letter dated June 14, 2022.

Contracts are only given to serious contractors who can fulfil their contractual commitments, not merely to everyone who submits a proposal.

However, each job that PAP awards comes with an insurance bond that guarantees the programme will get its money back if the contractors fail to perform. In order to recover the mobilisation charge given to the employer, the PAP wrote to the guarantor firm or insurance company.

“We want to further reassure all stakeholders that PAP's contracts are designed for the benefits of the programme's beneficiaries and not for the enrichment of any contractor. "We want to further assure all stakeholders that PAP's contracts are designed for the benefits of the programme's beneficiaries and not for the enrichment of any contractor," the PAP management said in a statement.

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