Published On: Mon, Oct 31st, 2016

Amnesty signs MOU to train 500 ex-Agitators in advanced agric.

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amnesty-office-logoPress Statement.

Monday 31st October, 2016.

The Presidential Amnesty Programme on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Biotechnology Development Centre (NABDA) to train 500 ex-Agitators in advanced farming methods.  The training will commence in November.

At the signing ceremony in Abuja, the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier General Paul Boroh said the training is part of a three-prong programme aimed at domesticating training of ex-Agitators, contributing to food security and gainfully engaging Amnesty beneficiaries to be self-sustaining.

He told the Centre’s Director General, Dr.  Lucy Jumeyi Ogbadu “This relationship we are formalizing to train Amnesty delegates in advanced farming methods begins today, but we do not know when it will end. I am looking into the future where in the next 2-3 years, we will train tens of thousands of youths in the Niger Delta who will be engaged in sustainable income and can also engage other youths in the region. We must stop importing food, fish, toothpick, beef  and water,  we must provide internally for our basic needs” He  said the challenge of  youths in all parts of the country is  to be engaged in positively, and advised states to engage in the re-integration programmes to curb youth restlessness in the country.

Dr. Ogbadu in response said the parent Ministry of Science and Technology and her Centre are quite excited to be asked to train ex-Agitators in quite  productive agriculture using modern methods and technology break through. She said “The nation is diversifying its economy and agriculture is a sure way of diversification. We have centres located across the nation so training in agriculture can take place in any part of the country. There is no part of the country today that you do not experience youth restiveness. In some places they are looking for people to kidnap. It is because these youths are not positively engaged that they have taken to this dirty means of making money. So we have to do whatever we can to help them stand on their own. Our centre is ready to do this but we are handicapped by funds”

She told General Boroh “The scientists you see before you are dedicated to the extent that the crop of ex-Agitators you are sending to us will be adequately trained and monitored.  We will not disappoint you.”

Harping on this, Mr. Josiah Abu, the Coordinating Director of the Centre told the Amnesty programme team “We are not only trainers of farmers, but also motivators. Through the Presidential Amnesty Programme, we will give you the best farmers Nigeria has ever produced “

The  NABDA is to train the ex-Agitators in mushroom technology, fish production, snail and grass cutter farming. Other areas of training are poultry technology, and propagation of elite plants like banana, plantain and pineapple.


Owei Lakemfa

Media and Communication Consultant

Presidential Amnesty Programme.


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