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Amnesty Programme Empowers 100 Beneficiaries In Rivers

By Presidential Amnesty Programme

No fewer than 100 already trained beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in Rivers State were on Monday, given starter packs to set up businesses in their various trade areas as part of efforts to reintegrate them back to society.

Items distributed to the beneficiaries at a ceremony held in Okochiri, Okrika Local Government Area of the state, included deep freezers, electric sewing machines and generators, among others.

L-R- Prof Charles Quaker Dokubo, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator Presidential Amnesty programme, presenting a starter pack to Alilla Abushi one of the delegates at the Amnesty Empowerment of delegates for HRM King Michael Ateke Tom Camp, Rivers State, on 16 September 2019

Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo while addressing the beneficiaries, said they were empowered with starter packs to enable the engage in productive ventures and be self reliant.

He noted that the Amnesty Programme was set up to train and empower youths in the Niger Delta who are enlisted towards building human capital development for the maintenance of peace and security in the region.

“This occasion is very significant for those of us in the Niger Delta. The Amnesty programme was set up to empower and to maintain security in the region. Today’s empowerment programme is to empower and enhance trained beneficiaries of the Programme, so that they can go back home and setup themselves and do jobs that will benefit them.

Prof Charles Quaker Dokubo, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator Presidential Amnesty programme, (middle in brown) cutting the tape to kick start the distribution of the starter packs at the Amnesty Empowerment of delegates for HRM King Michael Ateke Tom Camp, Rivers State, on 16 September 2019

Niger Delta people like I have always said are hardworking people and once they are given the roadmap, they will do whatever other people in Nigeria will do and even do it better. So today’s occasion is for me to give trained beneficiaries starter packs to start their lives, to open their shops and start their businesses immediately. Now that we have set them up, they will earn money, help their families and stabilize from war- torn to a stabilized living”.

Dokubo assured that the empowerment programme will be continuous to actualize the objectives for which the Amnesty Programme was establish. He urged youths in the Niger Delta not to indulge in activities that would hinder the development in the region.

Prof Charles Quaker Dokubo, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator Presidential Amnesty programme, addressing the delegates present at the Amnesty Empowerment of delegates for HRM King Michael Ateke Tom Camp, Rivers State, on 16 September 2019

The Amayanabo of Okochiri Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Ateke Micheal Tom, commended Dokubo for his commitment to the success of the Amnesty Programme and assured him of his support. “I have seen the difference in your leadership of the Amnesty Programme and I am going to work with you to achieve greater heights. I have heard how you have handled that office forthrightly, with commitment and transparency. I will support you fully and I pray that God will guide you to pilot the affairs of the Amnesty Programme successfully”, the monarch said.

While expressing appreciation to the Federal Government for empowering beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme in his kingdom, he recipients of the starter packs to make judicious use of the items.

L-R- Prof Charles Quaker Dokubo, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator Presidential Amnesty programme, and HRM King Michael Ateke Tom, the Amayanbo of Okochiri Town, Okrika, during of the Amnesty Boss to the Palace, before the distribution of the starter Packs commenced at the Amnesty Empowerment of delegates for HRM King Michael Ateke Tom Camp, Rivers State, on 16 September 2019

A 51-year-old beneficiary, Mrs. Miebaka Oribi, described Prof. Dokubo as a true and passionate Niger Delta leader committed to the development of the region and its people. “I sincerely appreciate this gesture and want that assure the Federal Government and the Amnesty Programme that the starter packs given to me will be well used for the benefit of my family and the community”.

MURPHY GANAGANA
Special Assistant (Media)
16thSeptember, 2019