Published On: Sun, Jul 31st, 2016

PRESIDENTIAL AMNESTY BOSS ASSURES NIGER DELTA EX-AGITATORS OF PAYMENT FROM MONDAY, APPEALS TO THEM TO CANCEL PLANNED PROTEST ON MONDAY

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Against the background of delayed payment of stipends to ex-Agitators in the Niger Delta region, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta/Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (Rtd) on Sunday assured them of continuation of payment from Monday, just as he has again appealed to the ex-Agitators in the region to shelve the planned protests on Monday.

Brig-Gen. Boroh (Rtd), who expressed great concern over the plight of the ex-Agitators in respect of their delayed stipends, maintained that President Muhammandu Buhari, appreciates their patience, adding that the hiccups in the payment of their stipends are already being addressed.

According to the President Amnesty boss, President Buhari attaches so much importance to the Amnesty Programme, which explains why the President in his inaugural address to the nation specifically promised “to invest heavily in the projects, and programmes currently in place for the ex-agitators in the region”.

The Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, who commended the ex-Agitators and the people of the Niger Delta for their usual cooperation, further reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government in making the Presidential Amnesty programme to run better for the benefit of the 30,000 ex-Agitators and other youth in the region.

Gen. Boroh (Rtd) further noted that President Muhammandu Buhari, is already putting together a youth development and empowerment package that would directly impact the ex-Agitators and other youth in the region.

He said protests along major roads would not be the solution as such protests could be hijacked by hoodlums who will use the occasion to disrupt public peace in the affected areas in the region.

Brig-Gen. Boroh (Rtd) thanked the State Governors in the region for their role in maintaining law and order, while thanking the leadership of the ex-Agitators for their cooperation in these challenging times in our nation.

Piriye Kiyaramo

Media & Communication Dept,

Amnesty Office, Abuja.

 

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