Published On: Sun, Oct 16th, 2016

Niger-Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme Partners The International Institute Of Tourism And Hospitality, Yenagoa As Major Training Partner

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Special Adviser and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier-General Paul Boroh (rtd) being presented with the Institute’s Fellowship Membership Award

Special Adviser to President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier-General Paul Boroh (rtd) being presented with the Institute’s Fellowship Membership Award

The International Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Elebele, Yenagoa, has been officially appointed as major training partner of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier-General Paul Boroh (rtd), made this pronouncement, while receiving the Principal Officers of the Institute, led by the Rector, Chef Samuel Timi Johnson, in his office in Abuja recently.
According to him, the modalities and signing of Memorandum of Understanding, to this effect, would be formalized within the next few weeks. General Boroh, who noted that post training integration and mentoring, has been a serious challenge of the programme, prior to his appointment as Coordinator, therefore said the Institute would henceforth play a major role in this regard.
He further disclosed that the institute would assist the programme to re-train most of the ex-Agitators who were earlier trained in the vocational studies, for proper certification and award of recognized certificates by the Institute.
The Special Adviser, who noted that tourism has a major role to play in peace building, therefore requested the Institute to come up with strategies and cultural-tourism programmes that would drive the promotion of peace and attitudinal re-orientation in the Niger Delta region, with focus on the youths and ex-Agitators.

He further disclosed of plans by the Presidential Amnesty Office to develop some of the militant’s camps into historical tourism sites. While commending the initiative of His Excellency Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, for the establishment of the International Institute of Tourism and Hospitality in Yenagoa, Brigadier-General Boroh (rtd), said some of the delegates, would be trained as Tourism Tour Guides, Tourism Security Guards, Conservation and Eco-Tourism Officers, by the Institute, in the first quarters of 2017
Earlier in his address, the Rector of the Institute, Chef Samuel Timi Johnson, said the Institute’s principal officers were in his office to officially introduce the Institute to him and also seek partnership with the Presidential Amnesty Office in the areas of training, re-integration and mentoring.
Chef Johnson, who noted that the use of middlemen or contractors in the training arrangements of Ex-agitators in the past has not achieved desired results because most of the private training Schools some of the Ex-agitators attended were not accredited by the relevant regulatory bodies and therefore made these Ex-agitators unemployable in the industry.
The Rector however assured the Special Adviser of the Institute’s readiness to remedy the situation through proper re-training and certification of the ex-agitators in this category.
High point of the visit was the presentation of the Institute’s Fellowship Membership to the Special Adviser and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier-General Paul Boroh (rtd) and Corporate Partner award, to the office, by the Rector of the Institute
The visit had in attendance top management staff of the Presidential Amnesty Office.

 

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