N/Delta lawmakers insist on 65 percent oil wells

ex MilitantsjpgPresidential Amnesty Office has started the payment of outstanding stipends to former agitators in the Niger Delta and beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP.
The exercise, which began last Friday, followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval for commencement of payment of the stipends and allowances to the beneficiaries.
A statement issued by the Amnesty Office Head of Media and Communication, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, said the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on Friday commenced the payment with the outstanding May stipend of N65,000 per beneficiary.
“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.
“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,” Alabrah stated.
On July 28, 2015, President Buhari appointed Maj.-Gen. Paul Tarila Boroh (rtd) as the PAP Coordinator and Special Adviser on Niger Delta. On assumption of office the next day, he setup a seven-man committee to verify the beneficiaries’ claims. Gen. Boroh said the approval granted by the President for the commencement of payment was “heart-warming.”
“Mr. President has by his approval demonstrated his commitment to strengthening of the Amnesty Programme. It is heart-warming 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,” Boroh said.


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