By Emma Amaize
WARRI—TENSION is allegedly mounting in the Niger Delta region over non-payment of about five months stipend owed ex-militants by the Federal Government under the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP.
Though the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator, PAP, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh (retd), said that government was doing everything possible to ensure that the ex-militants were paid to avert such delay in future, the former agitators are fuming.
The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, umbrella body of Ijaw youths worldwide, confirmed the apprehension, yesterday, saying the council was under pressure from ex-militants.
IYC spokesperson, Mr. Eric Omare, in a statement, said: “IYC worldwide has warned of the brewing crisis in the Niger Delta region over hardship occasioned by accumulated stipends owned ex-militants by the Federal Government. Niger Delta ex-militants under the amnesty programme are being owned five months stipends and thereby subjecting them to untold hardship and miserable Christmas celebrations.”