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Dokubo expresses hope of boom in fishing sector


Professor Charles Dokubo, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme in (middle, front role), from the right, Professor George Salachas; Dr Effiong Essien; Mr Ioannis  Inglesis and Mr George Dimakopoulos during the visit of Greece trainers to the Amnesty Office in Abuja, on Tuesday.

Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Professor Charles Dokubo, has expressed optimism that the training of 2500 beneficiaries, on projects including the building of 100 fishing trawlers in Burutu, Delta State, will enhance their capabilities and strengthen business in Nigeria, particularly the Niger Delta region.

Eight Greek experts arrived in Nigeria on Monday to train 2500 beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme.

The project, initiated by the Presidential Amnesty Office, is expected to be launched soon.

Dokubo, while receiving a delegation of eight top managers of leading fishing institutions in Greece at his office on Tuesday, urged them to replicate what they had put in place in their country.

“I have gone through most of your discussions and you have explained to me the techniques and the method of how you do your own business.

I want that to be replicated in Nigeria and in the Niger Delta, because we are a sea faring people.  

“So, we hope that this new concept will work well for our communities and for the Niger Delta people so that the best that we can offer will enhance our capabilities and also strengthen the business and sea faring lives of our delegates,” he said.

Earlier, George Theodoru, Managing Director, Theo-Man Limited, managers of the project, assured that the prospective beneficiaries would be professionally trained on how to operate state-of-the-art boats, which will serve as a means of livelihood for them, their families and communities in the Niger Delta.

“As project managers, we will organise the whole operation, consult the parties involved on progress made, and supervise each party for smooth deliveries.

Above all, we are responsible for the technical consultancy to deliver good boats; to keep them working in good condition and maintenance.”

Theodoru hinted that a study on a processing factory, including structures and facilities necessary for preparation of raw fish harvested for local consumption and export, has reached advanced stage.

“So we are now offering a complete solution, starting from educated fishermen to professionalism, modern equipment, choice of profitable catches, transportation and preservation,” he assured.

The project, which is driven under a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP), has the Presidential Amnesty Office, Concept Amadeus Limited, Akewa Global Services Limited (AGS) and four Greek companies as partners.

The foreign firms include Fintrilis S.A, Tel of Western Greece; Kreta Mare, El Mare and Theo-Man Limited.

The Greek partners presently in Nigeria on a 10-day visit preparatory to take-off of the project include, George Thoedorou, MD/CEO Theo-Man Limited; Ioannis Inglesis, HOD, Public Relations and International Relations, TEI of Western Greece; George Salachas, Vice Rector, TEI of Western Greece, and Ioannis Kladas, Vice HOD, Dept. of Aquaculture and Fisheries, TEI of Western Greece. Others are Ioannis Melisourgakis, Director, Kreta Mare; Dimitrios Fintrilis, MD/CEO Fintrilis S.A; Ioannis Kampouroglov, Director, El Mare, and Benni Ebosele, Coordinator, Theo-Man.

About 2500 beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme scheduled for the training are expected to be fully employed on completion of the project, for which an implementation committee and five subcommittees were last week inaugurated by Prof. Dokubo.

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