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Published On: Sat, May 6th, 2017

N’Delta: Succour As Buhari Releases N30bn To Ex-Militants. Plans To Release N5bn More

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LAGOS MAY 6TH (URHOBOTODAY)- There seems to be relief as the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari released an additional N30 billion to step-up the Amnesty Programme in the oil rich but impoverished Niger Delta region, the office of the Vice President said in a statement on Saturday. The government would soon release an additional N5 billion.
“Although the Federal Government had approved a N20 billion allocation for the Amnesty Programme in the 2016 budget, President Buhari has now raised the funds, and as appropriated, to N55 billion with a recent release of additional N30 billion. There is also a planned release of another N5 billion later”, said Vice President’s spokesman Laolu Akande.
Currently the Amnesty Office has now paid up all ex-militants backlog of their stipends up to the end of 2016.
The release of the additional funds is coming after presidential level interactive engagements in the Niger Delta, where the Buhari administration has enunciated a New Vision for the oil-producing areas based on the presentation made by the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, to the President when he received leaders and stakeholders from the region last November.
Subsequently, the President asked his deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, to embark on a tour of the region that saw him visiting several oil-producing States in the country.
Besides the monthly payment of about N65, 000 to N66,000 to the ex-militants, the funds would also go to the provision of reintegration activities under the Amnesty Programme including payment of tuition fees for beneficiaries from Niger Delta who are in post-secondary institutions at home and abroad, payment of in-training & hazard allowances and vocational training costs.
There are also empowerment schemes and self-help, self-employment support funds, including provision of needed equipments by the Amnesty Office. Equally, the funds would also support the training of pilots, aviation engineers, technicians, and motor vehicles mechanics from the oil-producing communities.
The Buhari administration reassures the Niger Delta communities of its unalloyed commitment to a faithful implementation of its promises

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