Former militant leaders and stakeholders from the Niger Delta have raised alarm over the delisting of 3,548 beneficiaries from the Presidential Amnesty Programme -PAP.
This is coming after the PAP had announced that it was following due process in its decision to delist some beneficiaries from the regular payment voucher of the -PAP.
However, according to the Niger Delta stakeholders and ex-military leaders, the delisting had been because of plans to terminate the program by December 31, 2022.
The Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme -PAP, Major General Barry Tariye Ndiomu (rtd.), has been asked to reinstate those affected back into the program.
But a reliable source had said that the exercise followed due process, highlighting that the exercise was necessitated by the discovery of obvious irregularities on the payment voucher, whereby certain beneficiaries who had been trained and empowered were currently receiving their monthly stipend while others who were still undergoing in-training still found their names on the regular payment voucher.
Individuals who had been affected by the delisting exercise included, trained and empowered beneficiaries, those who receive both the in-training allowance of N70,000 and the regular N65,000 monthly stipends, beneficiaries with several entries on the payment voucher, and beneficiaries who are graduates from higher institutions of learning in formal education.