By Taremi Zuokumor
Charles Quaker Dokubo was born in Abonnema, Akuku Toru Local Government Area of Rivers state on the 23rd day of March, 1952. His primary and secondary school education was in Abonnema.
He proceeded to the United Kingdom where he did his ‘A’ levels at Huddersfield Technical College in West Yorkshire. Dokubo obtained his BA (Hons.) History and politics at University of Teesside, Middlesbrough.
In March 2018, Professor Charles Dokubo was appointed Special adviser/Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In his first days on assumption of office, Prof Dokubo, having had an effective knowledge of the problems of the Niger Delta people and how to resolve them so as to create an enduring peaceful coexistence in the region for business to strive successfully, summoned meetings for Niger Delta stakeholders made up of ex-agitators and leaders of the region. During the meetings, the problems of the region were further discovered and how to resolve them proffered.
Besides deploying over 1,800 delegates to 145 institutions across the globe for various educational Programmes by the offshore education unit of the amnesty office, not to mention the over 200 students spread across 66 institutions in the 20 countries who are currently studying various courses. The Offshore graduates attained first class. After taking over the mantle of leadership, having been appointed in march and resumed in July 2018, Dokubo opened a new vista that enabled the people of the region peep into new directions on the amnesty programme.
The new vista, which amended the errors of the previous management of the amnesty programme, include education, vocational post training engagement and job placement initiatives as well as sustainable plans.
The amnesty boss deserves to be commended for ensuring that the onshore education unit of the amnesty office attends promptly to the welfare of students pursuing degree programmes in Nigerian institutions. It would be recalled that at the assumption of duty, Prof. Dokubo had tasked the onshore education unit to develop a sustainable plan for the next two years.
Dokubo’s managerial ability has led to finishing touches for the five vocational training centers across the Niger Delta region to come on stream. They include the Maritime Vocational Training Centre at Aboloma, Rivers State, Basic Skills Vocational Training Centre in Boro town, Kaiama, Bayelsa state, Power and Energy Vocational Training Centre in Bomadi, Delta state, Oil and Gas Vocational Training Centre, Agadagba-obon, Ondo state and Gelegele, Edo state. The region is fed with projects that cut across ethnicity. With Dokubo in charge, I affirm that President Buhari will be voted massively in 2019.
Evidence abound that after a few months in office, Dokubo has not only repositioned the agency, but has brought life, peace, succor and economic development to the Niger Delta region. Indeed this has marked a new beginning for us and our people in the region. Today, we the people from this (Niger delta) region are in total support of Prof Dokubo and his achievements whose exploits speak volume and a sure vote for Buhari. A renowned peace advocate of his personality, whose love for the unity of Niger Delta people distinguishes him from others. With him, the amnesty programme is sure on right track.
I wish to add that with Prof Charles Dokubo in the helm of affirms of the amnesty office, President Muhammadu Buhari is sure of a block vote from the region. Because given the level at which Prof Charles has impacted the region, it is a 100% vote for President Buhari!