Ex-Niger Delta agitators begin agricultural training in Abia
About 150 former Niger Delta agitators have commenced one month training in agricultural enterprise in Umuahia, Abia State under the Amnesty Programme of the Federal Government.
The residential training, which is the second to be effected in the state by the Presidential Amnesty Office, is similar to the one conducted by the Abia State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), in collaboration with Fadmobat Investment Ltd.
Declaring the training open at the Umuahia ADP headquarter, the state ADP Project Manager, Batho Onyemaobi said the programme is designed not only to equip the trainees effectively to tap into the nation’s agricultural potential, but to also engage them in agriculture-related enterprises/businesses and even become employers of labour.
The Programme Manager, who described Nigeria’s agriculture sector as a goldmine, said top professionals were engaged as resource persons to educate the trainees in egg production, fisheries, commercial farm ownership, records/accounts keepings, personnel management, and farm products marketing among others.
He charged the participants to take the training seriously and put into practice what they learnt to enable them earn income, stressing that in view of the dwindling resources from oil, agriculture has become a viable alternative source of income to the country.
According to the Presidential Amnesty Office, represented by George Ogbonna and Abangwu Cletus Chika, one of the targets of the programme is to train the participants to become agric entrepreneurs and job creators, adding that the participants will promptly be paid their entitlements after the programme as directed by the Amnesty Office.
However, some of the participants believed that one month period was not enough for them to learn all aspects of the agriculture enterprises both the theory and practical.
The participants demanded the provision of laptops to aid their learning saying laptops are crucial learning facility and commended the Amnesty Office for enlisting genuine agitators for the training.
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