The Coordinator , Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme , Prof. Charles Dokubo , has denied breaching the public procurement law in the award of an N 88 m contract for the empowerment of some Niger Delta youths in salon business .
Dokubo ’ s media aide , Murphy Ganagana , said in a statement on Tuesday that 22 Niger Delta youths benefitted from the project .
According to him , the project was based on a business template of N 4 m for each of the beneficiaries.
Ganagana said the provisions of the public procurement law were complied with in awarding the contract to Tovo Vicks Nigeria Enterprises Limited .
He said the initiative was in line with Dokubo ’ s mandate “ to provide human capital development and skills acquisition for the beneficiaries of the amnesty programme towards deepening stability in Niger Delta . ”
He said the N 4 m per beneficiary covered the cost of refresher /entrepreneurial training course to prepare the beneficiaries for effective management of their businesses , land acquisition or shop rent for use by the beneficiaries, among others.
He added , “ We wish to state that the contract was awarded in line with due process and the company , Tovo Vicks Nigeria Enterprises Limited, is duly registered by the Corporate Affairs Commission with RC 1150012.
“ Therefore, Dokubo did no wrong by awarding the contract in furtherance of the mandate of the Presidential Amnesty Programme .
However , it should be noted that implementation of the contract has yet to commence. ”