Nigeria Government has said to have resumed talk with the Ex militants as regards paying them their cash. Trouble started when the Ex militant got angry when nobody was saying anything pertaining their payment. In February, Nigeria Government stopped the payment of former militants who agreed under a 2009 amnesty to stop blowing pipelines in exchange for cash.
Paul Boroh, coordinator of the presidential amnesty program, told former militants that their delayed stipends would resume on Monday, his office said in an e-mailed statement. He also assured them that “President Muhammadu Buhari appreciates their patience” and attaches much importance to the amnesty, according to the statement.
Nigeria Government is putting all its best to engage militants and other relevant bodies to establish a cease-fire in other to put the country forward. according to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Emmanuel Kachikwu, oil has dropped drastically from 1.4million barrels a day, he said, close to may average that was the lowest since 1989.
payments of stipends to the Ex- militants resumed this Monday and also the payment will be carried out directly from Central Bank of Nigeria to their bank accounts. According to the program’s media officer,The payment also includes tuition for those studying overseas, he also stated that their last payment was in February this year, and now we are clearing all outstanding and the payment.
Each of the ex-militant is entitled under the amnesty to 65,000naiira monthly and a job training, but this government has originally planned to cut the amnesty by two- third and limit the cash amid budget crisis and graft.
After several years of relative calm, Nigeria’s oil wells and pipelines are being blown up again by a rebel group that says it wants to expose corruption and earn justice for impoverished local communities. Attacks resumed after Buhari ended security contracts and payments that had turned earlier militants into protectors. The return of violence has worsened economic problems in Nigeria, where oil accounts for two-thirds of government revenue and almost all exports.
Talks between the Government and the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta started last week, but the group claiming responsibility for the bombing of pipelines and platforms this year — the Niger Delta Avengers — did not take part in the discussions.