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Amnesty Office Commences Payment Of Ex-agitators' Stipends

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SAN FRANCISCO, August 08, (THEWILL) – The Presidential Amnesty Office in Abuja on Friday commenced the payment of outstanding stipends to ex-agitators in the Niger Delta region and beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).

This followed the approval by President Muhammadu Buhari for the commencement of payment of the stipends and allowances to the beneficiaries.

In a statement by the Head of Media and Communication at the amnesty office, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday commenced the payment with May outstanding stipend of N65, 000 ($300) per beneficiary.

The statement said that the outstanding stipends would be paid in batches.

“We have commenced payment with the outstanding May 2015 stipends. That of June and July will be paid afterwards. The outstanding allowances and school/training fees of beneficiaries will be cleared at the end of the ongoing verification of genuine claims.

“Hopefully, the other payments will commence soon, once the verification team concludes its exercise,'' the statement said.

Retired Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh, Special Adviser on Niger Delta to the president, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that “Mr. President has by his approval demonstrated his commitment to strengthen amnesty 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 assured.