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Unspent N26bn: We complied with FG guidelines – Amnesty Office

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By Kenechukwu Obiajuru, Yenagoa

The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), over the weekend, said that it had returned N26 billion unspent funds to the treasury in compliance to extant financial guidelines.

Mr Nneotaobase Egbe, special adviser on media to interim administrator made this known in a statement in which the agency dismissed reports that the PAP was targeted in the return of unspent funds.

According to him, the Treasury Single Account (TSA), which was developed to check corruption in government ministries, departments and agencies applied across board and not restricted to PAP.

The clarification is coming amidst concerns of huge obligations, including monthly stipends to beneficiaries of the amnesty, and those awaiting training mobilisation, empowerment and contractors’ liabilities.

Egbe noted that the last quarter funds remittance came a few days to the terminal date for the 2020 fiscal year and the PAP was only able to disburse part of it as the payment portal shut the unspent N26 billion

“The PAP hereby states emphatically that it is true that N26 billion in the account was mopped up on December 31, 2020 as a part of the federal government wide financial process.

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