The office of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) is collaborating with the American-West African Agro (AWAA) to train 500 ex-agitators from the Niger Delta on agriculture development.
Speaking in Abuja, the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (Rtd), said this was in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to diversify the economy and empower people from the region.
He added that the project would revive the economy, create massive jobs and food sufficiency in the Niger Delta region and country at large.
“I want to acknowledge AWAA agricultural exploits, and collaborating with them will add value to the Amnesty programme and will be of immense benefit to its beneficiaries; I would ensure that the partnership with AWAA takes into account knowledge-sharing and expertise in the field of agriculture, including the entrepreneurial interest of the beneficiaries. The Amnesty office is still working in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that Nigerians should shift attention from oil to non-oil income, especially agriculture, to revamp the country’s economy”, he said.
Boroh said his office would continue to collaborate with different stakeholders in the agriculture sector towards training and retraining of Niger Delta people to ensure jobs, food security and wealth creation.