Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, has revealed that his office has designed fresh initiatives to further strengthen the sustainable peace, security and development currently being enjoyed in the Niger Delta. Dokubo who was speaking when Ijaw Youth Council paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, said the fresh initiative is meant to engage beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme from training to job placement. The Amnesty boss promised a remarkable transformation of the Amnesty Programme in the next few months which will further redefine progress and stability of the Niger Delta region.
“Those of you who have been close to this programme, one thing that is different from my own is about training. I don’t just send people to train and all that. Training and vocations are linked to universities and institutions. Like the one we want to open at Ondo in the next two week, the Petroleum Training Institute, Effurrun, is going to be in charge of that training, because at the end of the training, they will have certificates.
Also, in doing that, we are also doing job placements. We don’t just train and keep; we train and put them in work places. Trained to work, not trained to go and take stipends. That is what I am trying to do, and I believe that in the next two or three months, they will see what I’m trying to do for this office. I don’t want to impress on the pages of newspapers; I want facts on the ground, and once we can create that synergy between training and work placement, I think we are going to sing a new song and dance a new dance. That is what I am going to do. And I believe everybody will like it. I don’t want to train people and they will go back and be expecting N65, 000”, Dokubo noted.
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