The Federal Government’s amnesty programme, have begun training in farming technology at the College of Agriculture in Iguoriakhi, Edo State for more than 2,000 former Niger Delta militants.
The exercise is part of the plans of the Federal Government to reintegrate the beneficiaries into the society, andwill have them trained in different farming techniques to make them self-reliant after the three months training period.
Chief Consultant to the Amnesty Office, Mr Austin Atakpu, who spoke during the induction exercise, said that the aim of the exercise was to equip the trainees with agricultural skills which will give them the opportunity to contribute their quota to the development of the country.
Atakpu said, “It is not going to be training alone. They will be empowered through the Amnesty Office to set up their own businesses. We are expecting that the beneficiaries will key into the President Muhammadu Buhari agricultural programme, so that after the training, they will be fully reintegrated into the society and start life afresh as big farmers.”
Special Adviser to the President on Amnesty Affairs, Gen. Paul Boro (retd), represented by Mr Kenneth Ehigie, also tasked the beneficiaries to make the Amnesty Office and the Federal Government proud by completing their programme without blemish, to ensure that the aim of the programme was achieved.
The Provost College of Education Iguoriakhi, Dr Friday Obasogie,which is playing host to the programme said the institution was well equipped to provide the facilities needed for the training.