The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig-Gen. Paul Boroh (Rtd), has enjoined youths in the Niger Delta to channel their energies towards building enterprises with capacity to improve the economy.
Speaking at the batch B graduation ceremony of 199 Niger Delta Ex-agitators who completed their nine months intensive automobile programme in automobile manufacturing and maintenance at Innoson-Kiara Academy, Nnewi in Anambra state, Gen. Boroh described small and medium enterprises as catalysts for economic growth.
He commended the graduands for appreciating President Mohammadu Buhari and the federal government’s commitment to the development of the Niger Delta.
He expressed satisfaction in the performance of the delegates during the training, saying the focus of the Presidential Amnesty Programme is to create an enabling environment for youths in the Niger Delta region, particularly the ex-agitators to have sustainable sources of livelihood and reintegrated back into society as responsible citizens.
He implored the automobile engineers to use their skills positively to impact the local economy, adding that the entrepreneural drive of the Presidential Amnesty Programme is geared towards creating an enabling environment for beneficiaries to develop their full potentials in different vocational skills, with a view to making them lead productive and creative lives in line with the ongoing reintegration process of 30,000 Ex-agitators in the Niger Delta region.
The CEO of Innoson Kiara Academy, Mr. Endi Ezengwa, said the trainees were exposed to practical engineering works during their practical training at the factory, informing that out of the 199 candidates that sat for the National Technical Certificate (NTC) examination from the National Business and Technical Examinations Board, 195 bagged distinction while 4 others made credits grades.
He said the Innoson Automobile Manufacturing Company was willing to absorb the graduands, with a salary of 60,000 which would be reviewed upwards at the end of a probation period of one year.
He called on Niger Delta state governments to create an enabling environment for the graduates to put into practice the skills they have acquired through the nine months training at the Academy.
High point of the graduation ceremony was the presentation of three vehicles a 4x4Hilux, 32/18 seater buses among others assembled from scratch to finish by the Ex-agitators.
It would be recalled that last year Innoson Kiara Academy trained 120 delegates in automobile technology and eighty delegates in plastic manufacturing.