Prof. Charles Dokubo, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme says the Amnesty Office has trained a total of 1,401 beneficiaries in various skills in the last one year.

No fewer than 100 already trained beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in Rivers State were, on Monday, given starter packs to set up businesses in their various trade areas as part of efforts to reintegrate them into the society.

Items distributed to the beneficiaries at a ceremony held in Okochiri, Okrika Local Government Area of the state, included deep freezers, electric sewing machines, and generators, among others.

This was made known in a statement on Monday by Murphy Ganagana, Special Assistant (Media) to Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo.

Prof Dokubo, according to the statement, while addressing the beneficiaries, said they were empowered with starter packs to enable them engage in productive ventures and be self-reliant.

He noted that the Amnesty Programme was set up to train and empower youths in the Niger Delta who were enlisted towards building human capital development for the maintenance of peace and security in the region.

Dokubo said: “This occasion is very significant for those of us in the Niger Delta. The Amnesty Programme was set up to empower and to maintain security in the region.

“Today’s empowerment programme is to empower and enhance trained beneficiaries of the programme, so that they can go back home and setup themselves and do jobs that will benefit them.

“Niger Delta people, like I have always said, are hardworking people and once they are given the roadmap, they will do whatever other people in Nigeria will do and even do it better.

“So, today’s occasion is for me to give trained beneficiaries starter packs to start their lives, to open their shops, and start their businesses immediately. Now that we have set them up, they will earn money, help their families, and stabilize from war-torn to a stabilized living.”

Dokubo assured that the empowerment programme would be continuous to actualize the objectives for which the Amnesty Programme was establish. He urged youths in the Niger Delta to not indulge in activities that would hinder development in the region.

The Amayanabo of Okochiri Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Ateke Micheal Tom, commended Dokubo for his commitment to the success of the Amnesty Programme and assured him of his support.

“I have seen the difference in your leadership of the Amnesty Programme and I am going to work with you to achieve greater heights.

“I have heard how you have handled that office forthrightly, with commitment and transparency. I will support you fully and I pray that God will guide you to pilot the affairs of the Amnesty Programme successfully,” the monarch said.

While expressing appreciation to the Federal Government for empowering beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme in his kingdom, he urged recipients of the starter packs to make judicious use of the items.

A 51-year-old beneficiary, Mrs. Miebaka Oribi, described Prof. Dokubo as a true and passionate Niger Delta leader committed to the development of the region and its people.

“I sincerely appreciate this gesture and want to assure the Federal Government and the Amnesty Programme that the starter packs given to me will be well used for the benefit of my family and the community,” she said.”

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