Over 21,000 Benefit From FG Amnesty Programme
The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) by the Federal Government has so far engaged over 21,000 beneficiaries in various vocational training programmes.
In a statement by the Coordinator of the PAP, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh (Rtd.), 21,615 beneficiaries have been trained. Of this number, 4,079 have been empowered, while 3,237 are in various stages of their vocational training and university scholarship programme.
In the same vein, the Amnesty Programme has empowered 4,079 ex-militants through the establishment of businesses, which include agriculture (cluster farms). Boroh further stated that, in line with the Green Alternative initiative of the Federal Government, the Amnesty Office has initiated the training of 10,000 beneficiaries in modern agriculture, and established them into 10,000 Hectare Cluster Farms in the nine Niger Delta States. The programme is projected to create 10,000 new farm owners who will also employ 40,000 farm workers.
It is expected that the logistics and processing of the agricultural produce will also create additional 30,000 new jobs. Boroh said that the PAP modern agricultural scheme is projected to create 80,000 new jobs in three years.
Similarly, the PAP also aims to create more jobs opportunities for Niger Delta youths through its Proposed Community Based Pipeline Security Scheme, the Modular Refineries Project and the Gas Flare Commercialisation Projects.