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Ex-militants task FG on N500m empowerment fund

By Festus Ahon

ASABA—EX-MILITANTS, under the aegis of Third Phase Niger Delta Amnesty Leaders, have called on the Federal Government to release the N500 million business empowerment funds allegedly approved for them and included in the 2015 budget.

The former militants, in a statement by their Chairman and Secretary, Mr. Julius Joseph and Mr. Tam Odogwu,  said that the N500 million was approved by the 7th National Assembly before the former Presidential Adviser on Amnesty, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, left office, adding that the money was to enable them set up businesses of their own.

Appealing to the Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, Brigadier-Gen Paul Boro (retd) to facilitate the payment of the money, they said,  “To avoid rancour and bickering, the money should be shared to every leader and not just stipulated few leaders.”


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