The Federal Government of Nigeria under the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari with the full support of the executive arm of government “The Presidency” in its social and developmental development agenda towards its people has finally released additional N35 billion to smooth drive and continue with the Amnesty Programme for ex-militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta region in other create a friendly and conducive environment for the region and the nation’s economic development.
The N35 billion additional money is geared to be in sustenance of the new memorandum of understanding executed between the community agitators, the Federal Government and the oil-producing host communities of the Niger Delta region.
The additional amnesty fund was disclosed by Mr. Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President of FGN, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Media and Publicity, further in a briefing with journalists on Saturday.
At the briefing of journalists, Mr. Laolu Akan disclosed that the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) had finally approved N20 billion allocation for the programme in the 2016 budget, that President Buhari has now raised the funds to N55 billion with a recent release of additional N30 billion.
That all the backlog 2016 monthly allowee has been paid to all the ex-militant through the office and department the Amnesty .
Mr. Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President of FGN, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Media and Publicity concluded the briefing by stating that,
“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 for beneficiaries from Niger Delta who are in post-secondary institutions at home and abroad, payment of in-training and hazard allowances and vocational training costs.
“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.
“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 to the President when he received leaders and stakeholders from the region last November.