The Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Program, Major General Barry Ndiomu (rtd.) says the Federal Government has injected N1.5 billion to support a cooperative scheme for 30,000 ex-agitators in the Niger Delta region.
The Amnesty Program has targeted about 30,000 ex-Niger-Delta agitators in a bid to ensure their self-sufficiency and reduce their dependence on the N65,000-monthly stipends.
Retired General Ndiomu says the Amnesty Program intends to provide N500 million monthly to support the scheme and has currently deposited N1.5 billion at Providus Bank for the take-off of the scheme.
The Interim Administrator says he is optimistic that as the funds increase, they will expand to impacted communities and that the scheme will benefit several people across the region.
According to him, the cooperative scheme will be managed by the ex-agitators and closely supervised by the amnesty program office through their consultants.
He adds that the program will be managed and monitored by an Advisory Board headed by Justice Francis Tabai of the Supreme Court.