OrderPaperToday – The Senate Committee on Niger delta has asked the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd) to disengage 247 consultants hitherto engaged by the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

This is as the presidential aide has decried the N20 billion proposed  for the amnesty programme in the 2016 budget.

Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Peter Nwabo‎shi, said the economic reality in the country could not ‎support the engagement of such number of consultants

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Speaking earlier, Boroh said N64 billion was originally proposed for the programme for 2016 fiscal year but was reduced to N20 billion, leaving a shortfall of N44 billion.

He expressed concern that 30, 000 ‎ex-Niger Delta militants currently undergoing training overseas would be adversely affected should the proposed amount be approved by the National Assembly.

“I urge you most sincerely to consider an upward review from the proposed N20 billion to N64.8 billion for the sustenance and re-integration of ex-agitators in the Presidential Amnesty Programme for the 2016 fiscal year,” hw said.

According to him, the proposed N7.8 billion for stipends and allowances from the budget proposal can only accommodate 9,868 ex-agitators for the 2016 fiscal year‎, excluding 15,132 ex-agitators.

Nwabaoshi said the committee would scrutinize the proposal presented, with a view to addressing the issues raised by Boroh.

He however said the committee would vet the list of 30,000 ex-agitators submitted to it to ensure that they were genuine.

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