Amnesty: FG  Resumes Payment of Ex-Agitators’ Allowances  Monday


By  James Sowole in Akure

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.

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 Akure.

Kiyaramo rounded was in Akure, Ondo State capital where he met with
journalists on the vision of the government for the Amnesty Programme.
Sequel to the assurance of the payment, Boroh  appealed to the
ex-agitators in the region to shelve the planned protests scheduled
for today (Monday) over the delayed 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 Muhammandu Buhari, appreciates their patience, adding that
the hiccups in the payment of their stipends are already being

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.

Gen. Boroh (Rtd) further noted that President Muhammandu Buhari, is
already putting together a youth development and empowerment package
that would directly impact the ex-agatators and other youth in the

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.