The Presidential Amnesty Office in Abuja on Friday began the payment of outstanding allowances to ex-agitators in the Niger Delta region and beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
This followed the approval by President Muhammadu Buhari of payment of the stipends and allowances to the beneficiaries.
In a statement, Head of Media and Communication, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, said the Central Bank of Nigeria on Friday began the payment with May outstanding stipend of N65,000 per beneficiary.
The statement said the outstanding stipends would be paid in batches.
It added, “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 of genuine claims.
“Hopefully, the other payments will commence soon once the verification team concludes its exercise.”
Special Adviser on Niger Delta to the President, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh(retd.), told the News Agency of Nigeria that “Mr President has, by his approval, demonstrated his commitment to strengthen the Amnesty programme”.
Boroh stated, “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.”