Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh (retd.), has urged ex-militants enrolled under the programme not to be agitated over the delay in the payment of their stipends, and that moves were being made to cleanse the system so as to make payment of the stipends in a more effective and efficient manner to the ex-militants.
He made the comment while speaking with newsmen shortly after a meeting with the Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. John Groffen, in Abuja on Monday.
The ex-militants are agitated over the non-payment of their monthly stipends for the months of July and August.
He said that the Federal Government was aware of the pains the ex-militants were going through and would ensure that they get their stipends soon.
Boroh, who also commented on the seeming resurgence of kidnapping and other criminal acts in the area, said that the recorded incidents were isolated cases lacking in capacity to affect development in the area.
He said that the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta and the Navy were collaborating to curb the activities of detractors of the programme.
The President’s aide said that the verification exercise he carried out at the Amnesty Office in June was still ongoing and was intended to get the process of running the office right.
Boroh said that several international partners had indicated interest in the Amnesty Programme and were waiting for plans and programmes of the office to make their developmental inputs.