Amnesty office to set up training centres in Niger Delta


By David Ejiohuo

The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) said it was fine-tuning its plans to establish more vocational training centres across the Niger Delta States.

A senior Director in the Amnesty Programme, Dr. Monima Alabraba, disclosed this during the week while speaking with members of the press at the Port Harcourt International Airport Omagwa on the achievements of the programme for the past 10 years.

The PAP was established 10 years ago by the Late President Umaru Yar’Adua for repentant militants from the oil rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

Dr Alabraba disclosed that the PAP was bent on keeping the hope alive by establishing more vocational centres in the Niger Delta States. The vocational centres he further disclosed, will partner with well established farmers, fishermen, experts in oil and gas industry as well as steel development for the training and retraining of the recipients.

According to Dr. Monima, the current Amnesty Coordinator was doing his best for the training and retraining of the ex-agitators to ensure that the programme remained beneficial and outlive itself.

According to him, the PAP has already completed about three vocational training centres at Delta, Ondo and Edo States, saying each centre was built to accommodate up yo 200 ex-agitator trainees.