Amnesty Office Assures Ex-Agitators On Stipends



Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Hon. Kingsley Kuku, has again appealed to former agitators in the Niger Delta to be patient over the delay in payment of their January 2013 stipends and allowances.

He said the Amnesty Office was aware of the tension the delay had generated within the ranks of the former agitators and assured that their stipends will soon be paid.

The PAP chairman, who gave the in a press statement issued Wednesday by the Head of Media and Communications, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, said efforts were to get funds to settle the outstanding stipends while the gray in the 2013 budget were being sorted by the Presidency and the National .

Kuku, who is also Special Adviser to the Niger Delta, said funds meant for the amnesty programme were intact and had not being diverted as being insinuated in some quarters.

“It is wicked for some persons to say that funds for the amnesty programme had been diverted to other purposes when the reason for the delay is clear to all Nigerians. Some persons, who always try cheap political capital of the amnesty programme, are again whipping up negative sentiments against it because of the delayed release of funds occasioned by the 2013 budget impasse. The gray are being sorted and I assure all former agitators in the Niger Delta that the money for their stipends and allowances are intact. No can tamper with it, including me,” Kuku said.

The PAP boss noted that the National , like the Presidency, had greatly supported the programme, saying it will be improper to blame the legislature for the delay in payment of the stipends.

“During our last budget defence in 2012, the National again commended the Amnesty Office for judiciously utilizing appropriated funds. The Senate even offered to partner the Amnesty Office alongside other development partners the -agitators are truly reintegrated into society. The same National Assembly cannot now be seen to be frustrating a programme that it believes is dear to the whole country and its economic survival,” Kuku added.


 

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