Buhari Releases Additional N35 Billion For Amnesty Programme


​The Federal Government has approved the release of an additional N35billion for the amnesty programme of ex-militants in the Niger Delta region of the country. 

Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, revealed this in a statement on Saturday. Akande also said the programme now had N55bn budgeted for it. “In sustenance of the new understanding between the Federal Government and the oil-producing communities of the Niger Delta, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has released additional N35B to step-up the Amnesty Programme in the region.

“Although the FG had approved a N20B allocation for the Amnesty Programme in the 2016 budget, President Buhari has now raised the funds, and as appropriated, to N55B with a recent release of additional N30B. There is also a planned release of another N5B later.

“Currently the Amnesty Office has now paid up all ex-militants backlog of their stipends up to the end of 2016,” the statement read.

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