The Federal Government will train 11, 500 ex- Niger Delta agitators in agriculture as part of moves to diversify the economy, a presidential aide said on Monday.
The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Brig.-Gen. Paul Boroh (retd), disclosed this at the inauguration of some poultry farms in Rivers State, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The farms are located in Elele, Ikwerre local government area of the state.
“The Presidential Amnesty Programme has resorted to engaging ex-agitators in agriculture in line with the Federal Government Green Alternative Initiative which is designed to diversify and revamp the economy,’’ he said
Boroh said the training for the ex-agitators would commence soon and would be concluded before the end of the year.
“The Presidential Amnesty Programme, which started in 2009 with 30,000 ex-agitators has become a huge success and factor in stabilising the Niger Delta region.
“Government is committed to the sustainability of the Amnesty Programme by engaging the ex-agitators in agriculture, among other sectors, to empower them.
“Out of 30,000 ex-agitators captured in PAP, 18,260 have been trained in various vocational trainings.”