President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a two-year extension of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
According to a Daily Post report, the programme now terminates in 2017.
The shift in date was announced on Monday in Abuja by Retired Brig, General Paul Boroh, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
He said the Amnesty Office was removing a total of 3,232 beneficiaries from the programme.
They have been trained as entrepreneurs and equipped to start businesses adding that another batch of 1, 042 are currently receiving starter packs to enable them start off on their own.
The initial five-year-progamme expired last December.
Government explained that the extension was to implement an exit strategy and also forestall a resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta.
The Amnesty programme had secured admission and a given scholarship to 5234 beneficiaries in local and 131 offshore institutions.
A breakdown of the figure showed that 3082 of the admissions are in local institutions, while 2150 are abroad.
272 of the figure have so far graduated.