Ben Dunno, Warri
The Presidential Amnesty Office has concluded plans to showcase all the beneficiaries who had acquired one skill or the other in its vocational training programmes and are already established in various businesses across the country.
, Special Assistant, Media to Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta/Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty, Prof. Charles Dokubo, Mr. Murphy Ganagana, made this known in a chat with newsmen in Warri at the weekend. He noted that the essence was to promote the resourcefulness of its beneficiaries.
According to Ganagana, “So far, we have been able to identify and profiled over five hundred beneficiaries that have been empowered to setting up businesses of their own and these people are already well established in various trades both within and outside the Niger Delta region”.
“All those beneficiaries that have been empowered, we are bringing all of them together on November 7, 2018, in Port Harcourt in a kind of fare that we call entrepreneurial revolution for sustainable peace in the Niger Delta”.
He noted that, “What we are doing is that those beneficiaries who have been empowered and are running their businesses will be showcased”.
“We have talked to some private and public business owners to come and encourage them with additional finance to beef up their businesses.
“By doing this, the beneficiaries will be able to employ others because they now have a higher financial base to boost their businesses”.
“By this wealth creation will spread in the Niger Delta. This is why we call it Entrepreneurial Revolution for Sustainable Peace and Port Harcourt remains the destination”, he stated.
Murphy further disclosed that; “We have also signed an MoU with UNITA (United Nation Institute for Trading and Research) for the using of some of our beneficiaries. The training partnership is for three years.
“It is aimed at transforming the amnesty beneficiaries into successful professional, either in the public or private sector.
“It is linked with the Millennium Development Goals which is to reduce poverty by 2030.
“The component of UNITA training include; Seafarers Certificate and National Certificate Course, Sub-Sea Welding Certificate Course, Agro-Business Skills Training Programmes, as well as job placement for the trained delegates”.