The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has offered to train beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programmme to sustain their reintegration into the society. This is contained in a statement by Mr Owei Lakemfa, Head, Media and Communications of the programme (PAP) and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.
It said the ITF Director-General, Mrs Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko made the promise during a courtesy call on Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh, the Coordinator of the programme in Abuja.It reported Chukkas-Onaeko as saying the primary function of the ITF was to build indigenous capacity and provide certification.
It stated that the function was in tandem with the current task of the Amnesty Programmme. According to the statement, the programme is aimed at training to ensure sustainable reintegration of the Amnesty beneficiaries. It stated that more than 800 training centres of the ITF could be opened to the beneficiaries for training in areas like oil and gas, telecommunications and agriculture.
The statement reported the director-general as saying that ITF could carry out skills study in the Niger Delta region that would encourage employment of local, rather than foreign employees in the oil and gas. Chukkas-Onaeko also proposed a Memorandum of Understanding among the ITF, the programme and the Niger Delta Development Commission on the sustainability of the programme.
Brig.-Gen. Boroh on his part, sought partnership with the ITF to develop the skills of the amnesty beneficiaries, by ensuring their sustainable reintegration. Boroh said that the focus of his office was to ensure the complete and sustainable reintegration of all beneficiaries.
“The Presidential Amnesty Programme is anxious to work with all organisations and strategic partners, including international ones to achieve the objectives of the Amnesty Programme,’’ it stated. The Amnesty Coordinator had earlier said that the office and the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs were currently working together to boost skills utilisation to close existing development gaps in the area.
While the Amnesty Programme centers on reformation and re-integration of ex-agitators into the civil society, the Ministry of Niger-Delta is mandated to train youths from the region.