Training of ex-agitators crucial to amnesty programme, says Ndiomu
Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Maj.-Gen. Barry Ndiomu (rtd), has reiterated the commitment of Federal Government to the training of Niger Delta ex-agitators to enable them build capacity for greater productivity and self reliance.
A statement issued by Special Assistant on Media to the Interim Administrator, Mr. Thomas Peretu, quoted Ndiomu as saying this while delivering a goodwill message to PAP beneficiaries in Rivers State.
The beneficiaries recently graduated from various vocational training programmes held in three locations in the state.
Ndiomu, who was represented at the graduation ceremony by Mr. Wilfred Musa, Head of Reintegration, identified manpower development as crucial to successful implementation of the programme.
The amnesty boss commended the graduates for their show of resourcefulness, diligence and commitment to the training organised to equip them with requisite knowledge and skills needed to take full ownership of their lives beyond the amnesty programme.
“We will continue to explore areas of cooperation and partnership with relevant public and private institutions to meet the training needs of beneficiaries in line with the objectives of the programme.
“About 500 beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme were recently trained in various vocations and crafts, such as agriculture, logistics management, welding and fabrication, oil and gas, oil spill cleanup and remediation, among others.
“Also, 110 of them were trained in modern farming techniques at the Krisdera Agro Allied farms in Omoku, Rivers State, while about 200 got certified at SUNU Logistics Ltd training centre,” the statement quoted Ndiomu as saying.
He urged the beneficiaries to sustain their positive disposition to PAP and assured them the Federal Government would remain committed to their welfare and wellbeing.
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