Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Central Bank to pay ex-Niger Delta militants covered under the Amnesty Programme their allowances for the month of May. The benefitting ex-militants will each collect N65,000 in the payout by the Bank on Friday.
“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,” Daniel Alabrah, amnesty’s head of media and communication, stated.
“The outstanding allowances and school/training fees of beneficiaries will be cleared at the end of the ongoing verification exercise of genuine claims.
“Hopefully, the other payments will commence soon once the verification team concludes its exercise.”
Tarila Boroh, the amnesty coordinator and special adviser on Niger Delta hailed the president for the gesture.
Buhari “has by his approval demonstrated his commitment to strengthening of the amnesty programme,” Alabrah quoted him as saying.
“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.”