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Amnesty Office To Train 2,500 Beneficiaries On Fishery



The Presidential Amnesty Office has said that no fewer than 2,500 beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme are set to under go training in fishery sector among which 2000 would be employed at the end of the training. This was made known in a statement by the special adviser Media to the Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Murphy Ganagana, saying that arrangements are under way to provide the beneficiaries with the needed facilitate at the end of the training which is expected to take off soon.

According to the statement, an implementation committee comprising five subcommittees for the project under a National Development Programme through Industrial Fishing and Associated Seafood Production, has already been inaugurated by Special Adviser to the President and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, who expressed conviction that the training will open a vista of opportunities for beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme, especially those interested in sea faring and fishing.

He said the project was in fulfillment of his vision to drive the reintegration component of the Amnesty Programme in such a way that it would positively impact on beneficiaries and communities in the Niger Delta. “When this concept was brought to me, about the availability of training, retraining and also employing our delegates, it was time specific and fitted into what I’m doing for the Amnesty Programme. I am really overjoyed, and I believe that the commitment of this meeting today will move this concept forward.

Removing a chunk of beneficiaries from our database for me, is a thing of joy; If a chunk of these people is taken out, we can also do for those in the impacted communities”, Dokubo noted. Earlier in his remarks, chief executive officer of Concept Amadeus Limited, the lead partner for the project, commended Dokubo for his commitment and passion towards ensuring its success. He said the inauguration of the implementation committees for the smooth take-off of the project underscored Dokubo’s understanding of the areas vital for training and empowerment of beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme.
“I am proud of the Amnesty Office, especially the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, who has taken this project so dear to his heart. His commitment to this project has been unwavering and it is proven today with the setting up of this implementation unit. It shows a lot of vision and understanding of the needs of the Amnesty Programme and our delegates in particular.
Most of us know that the biggest problem we have in the amnesty programme is that we train people and they come back in the system and stay in the system and we just carry over the same loads over and over again. This particular project is to ensure that the boys who are trained will be employed full-time and to ensure they get out of the stipend mentality and get jobs that will improve their lives,” he said.