Ex-Niger Delta agitators that are beneficiaries of the amnesty programme have been forced to return home from the United Kingdom where they are undergoing training due to the Visa policy of the British government.
The British visa policy makes it compulsory that the Students travel home to renew their visa but there was the insinuation that the students who started their training in 2014 were forced home due to paucity of funds.
The Presidential Amnesty Programme Media and Communication Consultant, Owei Lakemfa in a statement in Abuja Sunday, said that the Foundation’s students sent to the UK in 2014 under the the Presidential Amnesty Programme returned to the country following the expiration of their one year visa. He further stated that apart from the completion of their one year foundation course, they were required to return to the country to renew their visa where necessary.
He said, “This has nothing to do with funding their programmes as is being insinuated.
Also, the Presidential Amnesty Office reiterates that there is no policy or plans under the Programme to pay Housing or Accommodation Allowances.
“It is therefore not correct for any beneficiary under the Programme to claim he is being owed, or is expecting such an allowance.
“Furthermore, the Amnesty Office reiterates that all allowances and payments under the Programme have been effected.
“However, some beneficiaries especially in South Africa and United States experienced some delays perhaps due the Central Bank’s implementation of the TSA policy.
Happily, the affected beneficiaries have started getting alerts confirming their banks receipt of the funds.
“The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme General Paul.T. Boroh (rtd) appreciates the support of the leaders and members of the various groups and camps under the Amnesty Programme.
“He reiterates that only under a peaceful atmosphere will investors be attracted to the Niger Delta Region and sustainable development achieved,” Lakemfa stated.
Credit : Vanguard