The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) has trained some 14,366 former agitators in the programme,
Its coordinator Brig-Gen Paul Boroh announced it when he featured at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja on Sunday.
“As we speak we have trained well over 5,000 persons in the area of education capacity development and we have trained well over 22, 000 others in the area of skills acquisitions and entrepreneurship development,” he said.
He added that since the inception of the programme, it had granted amnesty to 30,000 ex-agitators of the Niger Delta region as well as pronouncement of their engagement to capacity development.
Boroh said that between now and Dec. 17, the organisation would continue to graduate more ex-agitators, who have benefited from the scheme.
Boroh said that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is aware of the need of today’s youth to have a specific set of skills to survive in this competitive world to progress.
The Presidential aide said that the beneficiaries who are now graduates were aware of the socio-economic scenario of the nation and can help in moving the region and the nation forward.
“From now till December 17 you will be hearing of graduations because we are winding down and positively for that matter as well as empowerment.
“We are using government institutions, we think the resources we spent in this programme will be better utilised within the country.
“That is why we are using government owned institutions instead of institutions abroad, this is our focus.
“Right now we have trained about 14,366 ex-agitators in the programme and their capacities have also been developed in the areas of agriculture, automobile engineering, aviation sector and then we are also looking at the sports sector,‘’ he said.
He said other areas included skill acquisitions, entrepreneurship and educational development. (NAN)