The Federal Government has disclosed of plans to train 2,500 beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and employ 2000 in the fishing sector.Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and coordinator of the programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, said the move was in line with government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) to stimulate the economy.
He added that at the end of the project, 2000 of the beneficiaries would be employed. Dokubo, who revealed this while inaugurating an implementation committee, comprising five subcommittees, said the project is under a National Development Programme, through Industrial Fishing and Associated Seafood Production. He said the project was in fulfillment of his vision to drive the reintegration component of the amnesty programme to positively impact on beneficiaries and communities in the Niger Delta.
According to him, 100 fishing trawlers would be built in Burutu, Delta State, for the training programme that would commence soon.Chief Executive Officer of Concept Amadeus Limited, the lead partner for the project, commended Dokubo for his commitment to its success.The project, which is driven under a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP), has the Presidential Amnesty Office, Concept Amadeus Limited, Akewa Global Services Limited (AGS) and four Greek companies as partners. The foreign firms include Fintrilis S.A, Tel of Western Greece; Kreta Mare, and Theoman Limited.