Amnesty: Nigerian govt to resume payment of stipends to Niger Delta ex-militants

*Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd).

*Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd).

Oscarline Onwuemenyi

01 August 2016, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta/Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd.), on Sunday assured ex-agitators of the Niger Delta region that payment of their stipends would continue this Monday.

Since the programme was initiated during the regime of late President Umar Yar’Adua at the height of the militancy in the Niger Delta, the Federal government has allocated and spent billions of naira in the rehabilitation of the former militants, including on scholarships to study abroad and locally, and other payments.

The assurance for the payment of the stipends was given in a statement signed by Piriye Kiyaramo of the Media and Communication Department of the Amnesty and made available to journalists in Abuja.

Boroh also appealed to the ex-agitators in the region to shelve the planned protests scheduled for today (Monday) over the delay in payment of their allowances.

The coordinator, who expressed concern over the plight of the ex-agitators in respect of their delayed stipends, maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari, appreciates their patience, adding that the hiccups in the payment of their stipends are already being addressed.

He said Buhari attaches so much importance to the Amnesty Programme, which explains why the President in his inaugural address to the nation specifically promised “to invest heavily in the projects, and programmes currently in place for the ex-agitators in the region.”

The Coordinator, who commended the ex-agitators and the people of the Niger Delta for their cooperation, reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government in making the amnesty programme to run better for the benefit of the 30, 000 ex-agitators and other youth in the region.

Boroh further noted that President Muhammandu Buhari, is already putting together a youth development and empowerment package that would directly impact the ex-agitators and other youth in the region.

He said protests along major roads would not be the solution as such protests could be hijacked by hoodlums who will use the occasion to disrupt public peace in the affected areas in the region.

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