Published On: Mon, May 22nd, 2017

Amnesty Office deploys maiden batch of 100 trainees in Tourism/Hospitality; empowers additional 40 in SMEs

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A first tranche of 100 delegates from a total number of one thousand have been deployed by the Presidential Amnesty Office for training at the International Institute of Tourism and Hospitality in Yenogoa, Bayelsa State.

The training is projected to explore the diverse business opportunities inherent in the rich cultural heritage of African societies while particularly emphasising the peculiarity of the Niger Delta Eco-system for Tourism.

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh, who officially flagged off the exercise, described the training as a good example of applying home-grown technique to develop the capacity and capability and expand the knowledge base of youth in the region and develop skills capable of improving their lives and the local economy.

He was quite emphatic on the immense opportunities in Tourism in Nigeria and the need for growing a breed of core professionals in the hospitality sector. He urged the trainees to take advantage of the opportunity now within their grasps to develop themselves into experts in the tourism and hospitality business.

Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh (Rtd.) Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme

Gen. Boroh said ”as the Niger Delta region continues to grow and expand, the corresponding influx of people and rise in population makes tourism and the hospitality business a prime money making machine.” He said the training at the Institute therefore becomes imperative as the participating youth will form part of the labour force to nurture a vibrant tourism and hospitality industry in the Niger Delta.

The Commissioner for Tourism and Development in Bayelsa State Hon. Ebiere Irene Musa address at the event encouraged the former agitators to embrace the training with commitment, focus and strong zeal to succeed. She expressed optimism over the fate of successful trainees explaining that Nigeria is replete with abundant opportunities for them to ply their trade.

Hon. Ebiere also applauded the Federal government for continued commitment towards the development of the Niger Delta through Social and Economic empowerment of the region’s youth and affirmed the eagerness of the State government to further drive this agenda.

The Rector of the International Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, Mr. Samuel Timi had in his opening address reiterated the Institute readiness to deliver on its mandate to produce professionals capable of making Nigeria a reference point in the business of Tourism and Hospitality. The training for each batch of delegates totaling one thousand (1000) to be trained at the Institute will last for one month. It is envisaged that the trainees will become employers of labour themselves after being empowered to become small business owners by the Presidential Amnesty Office.

Meanwhile Presidential Aide Brig Gen. Paul Boroh (Rtd.), has called for an increase in youth economic empowerment initiatives in the Niger Delta.

Gen. Boroh made the call shortly after commissioning some Fish Farms and Commodity Shops in Okrika, Rivers State designed as Business Start-up Kits for 40 ex-Agitators who recently concluded their vocational training under the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

He said the Federal government remains focused on its part in helping young people develop skills to start Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in order to help them find their foot at the teething stage of these businesses. Gen. Boroh described the empowerment initiative under the Presidential Amnesty Office as a unique complement to consolidate the overall development of affected delegates targeted at making them positive contributors to the growth of the Nigerian society.

He revealed that thousands of delegates have already been empowered with Start-up Kits to open new businesses which are duly registered at the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC with a promise to empower more in 2017.


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