Buhari approves payment of ex-militants’ allowances

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the payment of outstanding allowances to former Niger Delta militants who are beneficiaries of the amnesty programme.

The process of the payment has been kick-started by the presidential amnesty office, after a seven-man committee was set up Tarila Boroh, amnesty coordinator, to undertake a verification exercise of claims.

TheCable reports that Central Bank of Nigeria, on Friday, started paying the May stipend of N65,000 per beneficiary.

Daniel Alabrah, head of media and communication for the programme, was quoted to have said: “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.”

“Mr. President has by his approval demonstrated his commitment to strengthening of the amnesty programme. 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.”

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