The Presidential Amnesty Office has described as false media reports over none payment of stipends and allowances of graduands of Benson Idahosa University, Benin, under the scholarship scheme of the Amnesty programme from July to September, 2018.
In a statement signed by Special Assistant, Media, Murphy Ganagana, described the publications which followed what it described as a written script turned protest at cleverly staged paid agents by a group led by one Destiny Onadiya Perewari, though admitted to have graduated from the university, but claimed the management of BIU refused to release their certificates after graduation as a result of the failure of the Amnesty Office to meet its financial obligations to the institution.
Ganagana, in the statement noted that the office “wish to state emphatically that there is no iota of truth in the allegation as the Amnesty Office has paid stipends and allowances to all our beneficiaries who recently graduated from the BIU.
“Contrary to the claim that they were still being owed for three months after graduating from the institution, we wish to clarify that they were paid stipends and allowances up till June 2018, which is their graduation period and month of exit from the institution; they were among the set of graduates for which a convocation ceremony was held on July 7th, 2018, Ganagana reveals.
He said there are “specifically, 79 graduating students of BIU under Amnesty Programme were paid stipends and allowances up till the month June 2018, in which all of them had their final examination. It is pertinent to state that payment of entitlements to Amnesty Programme beneficiaries undergoing educational programmes cease as soon as the delegate completes the final examination for graduation. Therefore, the Amnesty Office does not owe the recently graduated students of BIU any other financial obligation on the scholarship granted them since they had completed their studies and exited the institution”.
“The Special Adviser to the President and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, is passionate and determined to effectively deliver on his mandate. Payment of stipends and allowances to beneficiaries of the Programme, including those deployed in educational institutions onshore and offshore, is top on his priorities.
“We appeal to the media to adhere to the dictates of the profession by painstakingly cross-checking facts before publication, especially at this period of heightened political activities when mischief makers are ready to ignite a spark at any given opportunity to create gullies of bad blood.”
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