‘Amnesty Of­fice yet to em­power 11,768’

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The Pres­i­den­tial Amnesty Of­fice yesterday said it was yet to em­power 11,768 ex-mil­i­tants out of the 30,000 that were granted amnesty by the fed­eral govern­ment in 2009.

The Spe­cial Ad­viser to the Pres­i­dent on Niger Delta and the Chair­man of Pres­i­den­tial Amnesty Pro­gramme (PAP), re­tired Brig.-Gen Paul Boroh, dis­closed this in an in­terview with news­men in Abuja.

How­ever, Boroh said the of­fice had fa­cil­i­tated the em­ploy­ment of more than 13,348 ex-ag­i­ta­tors within and out­side the coun­try on vo­ca­tion, while 924 of them were on ed­u­ca­tion.

“2,849 del­e­gates are cur­rently ex­ited so far, this com­prises largely em­pow­er­ment of del­e­gates. Ex­it­ing a per­son in the pro­gramme is as a result of em­pow­er­ment and del­e­gates are given starter packs for their busi­nesses,” he said.

He said the of­fice trained the exmil­i­tants in var­i­ous vo­ca­tional skills cen­tres and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions in Nige­ria and abroad.

“Today, we have close to 2,872 stu­dents in 127 univer­si­ties, and 925 skills ac­qui­si­tion cen­tres in over 26 coun­tries. (NAN)

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