According to the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Express Concern International (ECN) has lost the right to teach former Niger Delta agitators under its innovative Train, Employ, and Mentor (TEM) scheme due to a breach of the contract.
This is stated in a statement that was signed by Mr. Neotabase Egbe, the Special Media Advisor to Col. Milland Dikio, the Interim Administrator (retd).
According to him, the dismissal was made in response to 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 said that in addition to using an internal method to recover the funds it paid to the business via a performance bond issued by the business, the amnesty office had also been activated.
While noting the stakeholder interests displayed in PAP matters, Egbe highlighted that under Dikio, each task given by PAP was guaranteed by a performance bond provided by the benefactor firm that allowed the amnesty office to recoup its funds in the event of a contractor default.
He said, “The attention of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) has been drawn to reports that a contractor, Express Concerns International Limited, has diverted money paid to them to train 90 ex-agitators in the agriculture value chain.
“Indeed, the PAP had contracted Express Concerns International Limited to train its beneficiaries. But the contract was terminated via a letter dated June 14th, 2022 because the contractor breached the terms of the agreement.
“Contracts are not awarded to just anybody who submits a proposal, but to serious contractors, who have the capacity to deliver their contractual obligations.
“However, each job awarded by PAP has an insurance bond that ensures the scheme recovers its money in the event of default by contractors. Consequently, the PAP wrote to the guaranteeing firm/insurance company for the recovery of the mobilization fee paid to the company.
“While the management of the PAP acknowledges the interests shown by various stakeholders in the affairs of PAP, let it be known that deliberate measures were put in place to reform contractual processes and block all loopholes that could be capitalized upon to dupe the programme.
“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.”