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Nigerian Federal Government To Spend N63b On Niger Delta Militants

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nigeria_reps_in_first_sessionPM News reports that the Federal Government will spend N63.28 billion on former Niger Delta militants in 2014 as figures in the new budget reveal.

Out of the amount, stipends and allowance for an estimated 30,000 militants will gulp N23.6 billion, about half of the N48billion spent on the militants in 2012.

This year, a programme for the re-integration of the militants will also cost the Nigerian treasury N35billion. Two years ago, the programme of re-integration cost N924million.

Operational cost for the running of the programme called Presidential Amnesty Programme is estimated at N3.7 billion, far less than the N12.8billion spent in 2012.

There is an additional charge of N546million this year, meant for what is called ‘reinsertion, transition safety allowances for 3,642 former militants who fall under a third phase of the amnesty programme.

Statistically, Nigeria will spend an estimated N2million on every militant captured by the programme this year.

Last year, the amnesty programme gulped N66.28 billion. It gulped N66.17 billion in 2012.

While the amnesty programme for the Niger Delta militants takes 6.8 per cent of the ‘consolidated revenue fund charges’ estimated at N925.1 billion, Nigeria proposes to spend just about N8billion on job creation scheme, an acute national crisis and another N1billion on ‘Quick Win’, an empowerment programme in which Nigerian youths compete for Federal assistance to start their own enterprises.

 

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