Nigeria’s militant amnesty programme facing cash crunch – Boroh

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Paul Boroh, special adviser to the president and coordinator of Nigeria’s amnesty programme which provides vocational training and stipends to former militants who attacked oil facilities in its Niger Delta energy hub, said the programme is struggling with a shortfall of funds, Reuters reports.

“The main challenges the Presidential Amnesty Office has faced is inadequate funds,” Boroh said. His comments were sent to journalists on Friday. Boroh said the funding problems meant the tuition fees of some ex-militants in local and international universities had not been paid. He added that most vocational training had stopped, affecting 1,770 participants.

“Inadequate funding has also limited the capacity of the office to empower delegates and exit them from the programme,” said Boroh. But he said the situation was “being reversed” with the release of more funds to the amnesty office. He did not say when the funds would be released.