Published On: Sun, Mar 12th, 2017


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The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh (Retired) has enjoined State governments to promote local manufacturing capable of boosting operations in the nation’s automobile industry.

Gen. Boroh made the call at the batch B flag-off ceremony of an advanced training in Automobile Manufacturing Technology for two hundred ex-agitators at the Innoson Kiara Academy in Umudim Nnewi, Anambra State.

The Presidential aide who was represented at the event by the Head of Vocational Training at the Amnesty Office, Faith Omofuma explained that the training is in consonance with the National Automotive Policy which aims to encourage local production.

Addressing what he described as an apparent and increasing lapse in specialised technical skills in Automobile manufacturing in Nigeria, Brig. Gen. Boroh explained that the training of Amnesty delegates in this field is an attempt to reverse the trend and grow a crop of young Nigerians with the requisite knowledge to build a vibrant Automotive Industry.

He urged the beneficiaries to be astute and diligent, eager to learn and expressive in ideas in order to fully appreciate the scope of the training and their mandate upon completion of the nine month programme.

‘’There is the need for each and every one of you to take advantage of this training, the knowledge you gain here will make you trailblazers and champions as Nigeria edges closer to breaking new grounds in Automobile manufacturing.’’

The PAP Coordinator disclosed that the Amnesty office has co-opted some state governments in the Niger Delta into the new National Automotive drive with Bayelsa State taking the lead.

He said the Bayelsa State government has signed a memorandum of understanding with a key partner of the Presidential Amnesty Programme Office, towards the construction of a training facility for Car manufacturing and maintenance in Yenagoa.

Gen. Boroh said the Centre on completion will employ successfully trained delegates in Automobile Technology from the Amnesty programme and ultimately engage more youth from the region for sustainable re-integration.

He expressed hope that other governments in the Niger Delta region will key into this initiative which could have a spill-over effect across the entire country.

‘’ We honestly hope that State governments will join us and help build local capacity that will eventually help move our Automotive Industry forward in line with contemporary best practices.’’

A training partner and joint facilitator, Prince Jacob Momoh, lauded the Federal government for continued commitment to the development of the Niger Delta through capacity building. He said President Mohammadu Buhari has remained unflinching in his resolve to calm fray nerves in the region and his approach in encouraging thousands of youth from the Niger Delta to embrace vocational skills acquisition is exemplary.

The Amnesty Programme delegates will be trained in three thematic areas which include Automobile repair, Manufacturing and Maintenance, Inter-personal skills development and Information Communication Technology, ICT.

The two hundred ex-Agitators are the second set of Amnesty delegates to undergo advanced training in Automobile Manufacturing Technology at the Innoson Kiara Academy.

The maiden edition of the training was in 2016 with 120 delegates participating in a nine month programme that culminated in building a 32 seater bus from scratch to finish by the ex-Agitators.


Stella Inametti,

Media and Communications Dept. OSAPND


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