Niger Delta militants/File Photo. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL HEALING

Agency report

The Nigerian government has reportedly paid two out of four months outstanding stipends owed former Niger Delta militants under the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

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Leader of the third phase of the amnesty programme, Ramsey Mukoro, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday.

“The Amnesty Office has started paying but my third phase people have yet to get alerts, we are hoping that we in the third phase will benefit as well.

 “It has really been difficult for us and we spend Christmas and New Year on empty stomach, they should try and make it go round,’’ Mukoro said.
NAN also reports that Piriye Kiyaramo, the Liaison Officer at the Bayelsa Office of the Presidential Amnesty Office, said the Amnesty office began the payment after the new year holidays.
“The office commenced payment of the outstanding stipends this week after the new year, precisely on Wednesday.
“The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme retired Brig.- General Paul Boroh is concerned about the welfare of beneficiaries in the programme.
“He would stop at nothing until a sustainable reintegration of the ex-agitators into the society with sustainable source of livelihood,’’ he said in a statement.