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The Presidential Amnesty Programme has empowered 2,187 beneficiaries in small and medium scale business enterprises.
In a statement, Mr Murphy Ganagana, the Special Assistant (Media) to the Coordinator of the Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, said the beneficiaries are from Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Ondo, Edo, Cross River, Abia and Imo States.
He said 800 delegates were currently receiving vocational training in various skills facilitated by qualified contractors with a duration of about six months.
“The trade areas include welding, aluminium fabrication, oil and gas power system, abrasive blasting, scaffolding and rigging, mechanical fitting, industrial painting, greenhouse farming, fashion designing and tailoring, leather works, ICT, poultry farming, fish farming, installation and maintenance of tricycles as well as ice cold engineering and fabrication,” he stated.
He quoted Dokubo as saying that “Niger Delta is now known for peaceful development because there is no development without security. Amnesty Programme is now into more of training so that our beneficiaries can develop a skill after being trained, and then work. We are now focusing on getting jobs for some of those we have trained. That is the last aspect of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, the reintegration phase.”
Source; Daily Trust