Presidential Amnesty Office on Friday said it had commenced the payment of outstanding stipends to ex-militants in the Niger Delta region and beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP),
A statement by Head, Media and Communication of PAP, Daniel Alabrah in Abuja said the payment follows the approval granted by President Muhammadu Buhari for commencement of payment of the stipends and allowances to the beneficiaries.
Alabrah explained that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had commenced the payment with the outstanding May stipend of N65,000 per beneficiary.
According to Adabrah, “The outstanding stipends will be paid in batches. We have commenced payment with the outstanding May 2015 stipends. That of June and July will be paid afterwards.
On July 28, 2015, President Buhari appointed retired Major-General Paul Tarila Boroh as the PAP Coordinator and Special Adviser on Niger Delta.
On assumption of office the next day, the new Special Adviser/Coordinator immediately set up a seven-man committee to undertake a verification exercise of claims.
Gen. Boroh said the approval granted by the President for commencement of payment was heartwarming.
“Mr. President has by his approval demonstrated his commitment to strengthening of the Amnesty Programme. It is heartwarming that he graciously approved funds so as to quickly resolve the issues that have affected the smooth running of the programme.
“Now beneficiaries whose training or studies have been affected can look forward to resuming their studies sooner than later. We are committed to a quick resolution of all outstanding issues, including the training fees”, Boroh said.