Presidential Amnesty Programme flagged off the training of 100 out of 500 delegates already captured into the programme at the Bio Resources Development Centre, Odi in Bayelsa State.
The 100 delegates are the first batch of 500 delegates to be trained in various areas in Agriculture at the Bio Resources Development Centre, Odi.
In his opening remarks, the centre’s Director/Coordinator, Mr. J.B. Habu said the initiative is the first step towards encouraging urban-rural migration aimed at attracting development to rural areas where he said “huge employment opportunities abound.”
He said Biotech centres across the country are training the new generation of farmers who will eventually become job creators in rural communities and potential millionaires in the future.
In her remarks, the Director General, NABDA, Prof. L. J. Ogbadu said with the enthusiasm displayed by the new delegates, she saw success in the entire initiative and encouraged them to put every commitment required to achieve the purposes of the initiative, adding that the “programme is specifically designed for skills impartation and empowerment in specialised ways because its technical demands”.
Mrs Agbadu reminded the delegates to be weary of the fact that the training is coming at a very critical time in the history of the country when agricultural sector is gradually becoming the main stay of the Nigerian economy and they should set example for others to emulate from.
While addressing the newly inducted delegates, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd), said he was very impressed with the turnout of delegates which was a sign of willingness on their part to not only make a living for themselves but to join the agricultural revolution of Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
One of the delegates, Alagoa Fred Ockiya, who spoke with Leadership, thanked the Federal Government for its continued commitment to the PAP programme for youths in the Niger Delta region. He the training it is an opportunity for him and others to start up a better life themselves.