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SURE-P beneficiaries protest, petition management


By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells

Beneficiaries of the subsidy reinvestment programme SURE-P in Bayelsa state have again took to the streets over alleged shortchange and abandonment by management.

Speaking to journalists through coordinator, Mr. Opaminolu Douglas the group said apart from the first year of the introduction of the scheme in 2012/13 that they were paid N10, 000 and N12,000 respectively by management led by one Mr. Mike Kalaingo have denied them of their benefits.

The group while thanking the government of former president Jonathan for initiating the programme lambasted the coordinator both at the national and state levels for their injustice meted out to them.

According to the beneficiaries not fewer e scheme, making the cumulative debt owed them by the Bayelsa SURE-P office over N360, 000,000.

Meanwhile, the group has again vowed to take the matter to the anti-graft agencies if at the end of the protest which they said would be the last in their series of warning if management still continuous feeling unconcerned.

It could be recalled that the SURE-P beneficiaries in Bayelsa state in 2017 have earlier protested their total neglect and ending of the scheme without their severance benefits.

Also speaking, a beneficiary Egnr, Ogbuku Obua that he enrolled in for the programme and was recruited as a supervisor, maintaining that after the first benefits in 2012/13 when president Jonathan was still in office, the SURE-P management in Bayelsa stopped paying them since 2014 even before the life span of the programme in 2015.

Reiterating their commitments to continue the course of getting justice, Engr. Obua posited that the next and last resort to calling Mr. Kalaingo and other management staff of the SURE-P Bayelsa state to order is to invite the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to wade into the matter.

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