By Chinyere Omeje
The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) Office has adopted measures to address the controversial verification of students on its scholarship programme.
The Interim Administrator of PAP, Col. Milland Dikio (retd.), who said students’ verification should be a simple administrative procedure, directed the Reintegration Department to immediately address the recurring issues affecting students’ verification.
A statement on Wednesday by the PAP Director of Information, Florence Dibiaezue-Eke, titled, ‘PAP moves to stop contentious verification of students,’ said Dikio has instructed the supervising departments to direct affected students to swear to an affidavit to affirm their identities, and courses of study in their respective institutions.
According to him, the heads of departments or deans of faculties would be required to endorse the affidavits with their signatures and stamps.
He said that copies of the completed documents should be forwarded by email to the Reintegration Department and his office to conclude the matter timely.
“Col Dikio noted that due to COVID-19 and the current unrest in the country, the PAP officials have not been able to do on-the-ground verification of the students.
“He advised the students who claimed they could not go for the verification exercise to avail themselves of the above measures without delay. He urged the students to cooperate with the management to ensure that the issues are resolved seamlessly,” the statement read in part.