The Federal Government has said 2,500 beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme are to be trained in fishing in line with its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.
A statement from the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, said 100 fishing trawlers would be built in Burutu, Delta State, for the training programme.
It said the programme would lead to the employment of 2,000 of the beneficiaries.
Dokubo was said to have inaugurated an implementation committee comprising five subcommittees for the project under a National Development Programme through Industrial Fishing and Associated Seafood Production.
He expressed conviction that the training would open a vista of opportunities for beneficiaries of the programme, especially those interested in seafaring and fishing.
He said the project was in fulfilment of his vision to drive the reintegration component of the programme in such a way that it would positively impact on beneficiaries and communities in the Niger Delta.
Dokubo said, “When this concept was brought to me, about the availability of training, retraining and 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.”
According to the statement, the project, which is driven under a public-private partnership, has the Presidential Amnesty Office, Concept Amadeus Limited, Akewa Global Services Limited and four Greek companies as partners. The foreign firms are Fintrilis S.A, Tel of Western Greece, Kreta Mare, and Theoman Limited.