The Interim coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd), has said that the reason for the delay in payment of N65, 000 monthly stipends to some beneficiaries of the programme was due to efforts by PAP to stop manipulations of the system by some amnesty generals and commanders.
Dikio, in a statement signed on Wednesday by his Special Assistant on Media, Nneotaobase Egbe, added that the commitment of the PAP to ensure genuine beneficiaries received their monthly stipends regularly and timely couldn’t be overemphasized.
According to him, PAP investigation into many complaints and petitions it received over the years from ex-agitators and other stakeholders on allegations of fraudulent conversions of beneficiaries’ names and other irregularities revealed that the rots need to be cleared.
He stressed the investigation became necessary to correct identified anomalies and cleanse the system.
Dikio stated that the ongoing verification led to a number of irregular payments as stipends meant for some names under investigation had to be suspended pending the outcome of the probe.
But he assured that the genuine beneficiaries affected by the ongoing probe would surely receive their stipends.
He noted that contrary to reports, only the stipends of a few beneficiaries were affected by the investigations.