By: Patrick Ochoga, Benin City
Edo State Beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s Amnesty Programme for ex-militants under the First Phase in Niger Delta, yesterday appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to called on Gen. Paul Boroh, to pay them their 3 months stipend of N65,000, which they claimed have been stopped.
They stated that the non-payment of their monthly stipends is likely to disrupt the relative peace been experience in the Nigerian Delta if urgent steps are not taken to immediately address the issue.
They also accused the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Coordinator on Presidential Amnesty of trading with their stipend thereby leaving over 400 of the beneficiaries in hunger and poverty.
“We want to use this opportunity to reiterate our support to the Federal government move to peace and development in the Niger Delta region. However we are constrained to cry out to President Buhari to prevail on Boroh to pay us our stipends with out further delay.
“ The non payment of this stipend have forced some agitators back into the creeks for involve in criminal activities which eventually will have adverse effect on the economy.
In a joint statement signed by Werebra Egelu and John Ayuba, on behalf of others also lamented that those who had under go training are yet to be given empowered to start up their own business.
“It seems Boroh is toeing a different line that is capable of throwing a peace-loving people into the opposite. It is indeed very unfortunate and appalling that the Chairman/Coordinator Presidential Amnesty Committee, Gen. Boroh, stopped the monthly stipends.
They added that while some few leaders under the first phase are been paid majority of them are left out adding it is a clear injustice and impunity
It would be recalled the Federal government had appropriated N65, 000 monthly stipends for the Amnesty programme to all beneficiaries which is to provide training/education for them.