Daily Trust (Abuja)

21 November 2012

Nigeria: FG to Spend N35 Billion On Ex-Militants Next Year

A group of Niger Delta militants

The Federal government will spend the sum of N35 billion on ex-militants in the Niger Delta as part of the amnesty programme, presidential aide on amnesty, Kingsley Kuku, has said.

Speaking when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta chaired by Rep. Warman Ogoriba (PDP, Bayelsa), disclosed that the money will be spent on skills acquisition and vocational training.

He also revealed to the committee "that a total vote for Stipends and Allowances, the Budget Office of the Federation is yet to release a total sum of N63, 847, 000.00 to the Amnesty Office".

The chairman of the committee, Rep. Ogoriba, who picked holes in the estimates, said the committee would set up a sub-committee to review the proposal of the Amnesty office.

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