Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs under which the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, derives its mandate, has explained that minor financial administrative issues were the reason for the delay in the payment of tuition fees and allowances of the ex-militants, particularly of delegates studying in foreign institutions under the federal government Amnesty Programme.
However, the office has equally said that some payments of the ex-militants have begun since two weeks ago, following the conclusion of the in-house verification exercise by the committee set up by the Coordinator, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh, on assumption of office a month ago to verify genuine pending claims arising from the outstanding payment of stipends, allowances and tuition/training fees of beneficiaries in onshore and offshore educational institutions.
A statement issued in Abuja yesterday by the Office indicated that, though the payment of the outstanding stipends, beginning with the month of May, 2015 commenced two weeks ago, the process to clear the backlog of stipends is ongoing as the new Coordinator is determined to offset all outstanding payments to all former agitators and beneficiaries in the programme.
“Following the completion of the in-house verification of claims, the Special Adviser has since signed and approved the payment of all outstanding tuition and allowances of the 3,074 beneficiaries in onshore and offshore educational institutions.
“Already, the tuition of 1,620 of the beneficiaries in Nigerian institutions has been paid, just as they have all received their in-training allowances for May and June, 2015. Similarly, the approval and documentation process for their 1,454 counterparts in offshore institutions have also been completed and sent to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, which handles the foreign exchange transaction process.”

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