Amnesty Boss Orders Probe of Staff Over Corruption, Sales of Slots

By Tapre Timine
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The Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Maj.-Gen. Barry Ndiomu has ordered an investigation into its system owing to suspected corruption in it.

This follows reports of alleged sales of scholarship slots by some staff members of the agency.

The workers were said to have sold the scholarships meant for Niger Delta indigenes for N650,000 per slot.

Ndiomu also queried why PAP was paying higher tuition for beneficiaries of its education programmes.

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Moreso, he was said to have frowned at the corruption in the agency, particularly the scholarship racketeering which has denied many indigent Niger Delta students the opportunity of benefitting from it.

A source (namewitheld) said:

The administrator was understandably worried that the scholarship slots that were meant for Niger Delta indigenes were being sold to outsiders for as high as N650,000 per slot.

“He has also queried the opaque education budget of the PAP. For instance, the administrator observed that the agency was paying higher tuition in schools where it has many students when ordinarily, the agency should get a discount.

“A probe further revealed that the PAP was paying higher fees than what is charged by the schools. These and other discoveries led to the setting up of a probe panel. The panel is expected to unveil the number of scholarship slots awarded, the beneficiaries, and the budget and also recommend punishment for anyone found wanting.”

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