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Press Statement, 24th April, 2017.

The Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd) has said the old culture of double payment to beneficiaries in schools, has been discontinued. He said that hitherto, some beneficiaries who collect stipends were also paid In-Training-Allowances while on the Programme’s scholarship. He said this amounted to double payment, which is against government rules.

General Boroh explained: “What I met was a situation where an Amnesty beneficiary who is on monthly stipend - a sustenance allowance - was also being paid monthly In-Training-Allowance (ITA) which is also a sustenance allowance. This amounted to double payment. It is against the Financial Regulations of the country and international best practice. But in changing the system, we had to carry out thorough biometric verification to match the stipend beneficiary and the scholarship beneficiary receiving ITA. While there are matches we have made and subsequently stopped the double payment, there are those we have not been able to match due to the fact that they used their ‘Bush names’ in registering for the Amnesty while using their real names in registering in the tertiary institutions. For this category of beneficiaries, the necessary match will be made when we complete the biometric verification, and their double payment will be stopped”
General Boroh who is also the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta said the Amnesty programme is in its final stage of Integration and that stipend payment is also being stopped for beneficiaries who have been trained and empowered. He said “We regard all beneficiaries who have benefited from the Amnesty Programme scholarship and have studied and graduated from various local and foreign universities, as people who have been trained and empowered because to earn a degree, is empowerment. However, the Presidential Amnesty Programme will continue to assist beneficiaries in their efforts to secure gainful employment”
The Special Adviser emphasized that the Amnesty Programme has a time line which will run out, and that the process of weaning the two categories of beneficiaries from the stipend regime is part of the Amnesty Office’s Strategic Exit Programmes (STEPS)
He assured beneficiaries who have outstanding training and empowerment or Type Training in Maritime or Aviation, that these will be completed in the on-going process of sustainably integrating all the beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

 

The Objective

‘A Niger Delta Region populated with modern cities with leading edge environmental management practices, economic prosperity, skilled and healthy people and social harmony’

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BRIGADIER-GENERAL P.T. BOROH (RTD.), is a former Commandant of the Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre (NAPKC) in Kaduna. He is one of the authors of a book – Governance and Violent Conflicts...
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