The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) has empowered 96 of its beneficiaries, who had acquired skills in four trades, with starter packs to enable them start business.
Various items, including high capacity welding generators and accessories, cylinders, deep freezers, chairs and tables as well as bags of cement were given to the beneficiaries who had completed training in welding and fabrication, commodity shop management, building materials, and electrical/electronics.
Beneficiaries trained in welding and fabrication received complete equipment required for their trade, including a 250 amps power-flex welding machine; 190/200 amps start and weld generator, 25 ram welding cable, electrodes, welding helmet and gloves, just as each of those in building materials got 400 units of 50kg bags of cement, wheelbarrows, shovels, head pans, helmets, hoe, nose masks and 2.5hp generator.
Besides, shops were also rented for each of the beneficiaries and business names registered for them. Provision was made for their business cards, letterheads, invoices and other business tools during the empowerment exercise which held simultaneously at the Wellington Hotel, Warri, and neighbouring Osubi community in Delta State.
Coordinator of PAP, Prof. Charles Dokubo, assured that training and empowerment of beneficiaries would run concurrently this year to improve on the over 2,000 beneficiaries empowered in less than two years of his assumption of office.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari was determined to turn around the situation in the Niger Delta through aggressive human capital and infrastructure development.
Dokubo said, “We are working towards a situation where beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme would be empowered with the necessary tools to start business immediately they complete training. That way, they will not wait longer than necessary after training to engage in productive ventures and then fend for themselves.”He urged recipients of the starter packs to use the items judiciously rather than sell them for immediate gratification.