The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) under the administration of President Buhari commenced vocational empowerment of 100 former Niger Delta agitators today.
The FGN Presidential Amnesty Programme, Office commenced with the vocation training in Tourism and Hospitality.
The empowerment training starts on Saturday 20 May 2017, at the Centre for Vocational and Entrepreneurial Studies, Yenagoa, Bayelsa state.
The Coordinator, PAP, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs said the participants were expected to be equipped with skills that would help them earn a living.
The empowerment skill acquisition training would also enable participants gain entrepreneurial skills and reduce the high unemployment rate in the Niger Delta region.
That the vocational training would be in batches of 100 participants each was expected to be completed in six months.
Paul Boroh disclosed that the empowerment skill training was part of PAP’s reintegration programme and reminded them of the conditions for the training which included beneficiaries must train at least 20 other youths in their field.
“By the time each of you trains 20 of your peers back home, we will have 2,000 skilled workers or farmers in various fields.
“That would generate jobs and wealth for the youths and contribute to our national food security,” he said.
Paul Boroh was conducted round the centre which specialises in training youths in Catering, Fashion Designing, and Bead-making.
In his welcome address, the Rector of the institute, Mr. Samuel Timi, said the institute had the potential to build the capacity of the Niger Delta tourism sector and contribute significantly to the revenue profile of the region.
Mr. Samuel Timi expressed optimism that if capacity building programmes like the current one were vigorously pursued and sustained, the region would become the next Dubai of Africa.
Paul Boroh urged them to be dedicated to learning and assured them that they would be assisted in their chosen field of specialisation.