- Ex-Niger Delta militants are accusing the federal government of unfair treatment despite all their hardwork
- They are calling on the minister of finance to release all approved funds so they can be paid their dues
- They are also urging the federal government to pay their housing allowances to prevent a return to the creeks
The federal government has been urged by ex-Niger Delta militants to as a matter of urgency, pay all the allowances owed to them including unpaid monthly allowances and housing allowances which they were promised during the disarmament phase of the amnesty programme.
The former militants stated their position while speaking with newsmen as they warned the government that they are running out of patience, Vanguard reports.
According to Stephen Ebisinte, national chairman, phase II ex-militants, the ex-miltants were being treated unfairly by the federal government despite the fact that they had worked hard to ensure sustainable peace in the region for the well-being of Nigeria.
He further disclosed that they had not been paid their monthly stipends in the last six months.
He noted that this was not a good omen for the peace-building process and urged the Buhari government to clear the backlog immediately.
Ebisinte called on the finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, to release approved funds so that the amnesty office would be able to pay the outstanding monies.
Speaking on the present housing situation of the ex-agitators, he stated: “Many of us have nowhere to stay right now in town and are willing either to go back to the creeks or not since government has not fulfilled the accommodations promised us.”
He urged the government to fulfill the promise it made to the ex-militants that houses would be provided for them in urban areas.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigerian federal government has released an additional sum of N30 billion to the amnesty programme in the Niger Delta region.
This was announced in a statement issued by Laolu Akande, the senior special assistant to the vice president on media and publicity.
The statement said that the additional funding was to help sustain the new understanding between the federal government and the oil producing communities in the region.
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