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200 N’Delta ex-agitators acquire skill in automobile production



A TOTAL of 200 ex-agitators of Niger Delta Youths last Thursday, pledged not to go back to the creeks following their training in various trades in Nnewi, Anambra State.

The youths underwent a nine month training in auto engineering works, auto-painting, auto-welding and fabrication works, auto-electrical and electronic works, among others under the federal government Amnesty Programme  in collaboration with Innoson Kiara Academy. (Education for Employment Programme).

Speaking at the end of their training programme at Innoson Kiara Academy Nnewi, one of the trainees , Abraham Peter, thanked the federal government for partly keeping to its promises of equipping them with skills.

He however called for the completion of the promise by empowering them so they would not contemplate going back to the creeks.

“Training someone with skills without a corresponding empowerment is like throwing a stone into a river.

“The skills we’ve acquired will only be useful if the government empowers us financially so we will not be tempted to go back to the creeks,” he said.

Another beneficiary, Gbalubi David, said the training would not only enable him start his own business, but train other unemployed youths.

He however advocated for extension of the training period, saying the nine months duration was inadequate in view of the volume of the training packages.

Earlier in his remark, the CEO, Innoson Kiara Academy, Endi Ezengwa, said the Innoson Kiara in partnership with the Presidential Amnesty Office, had trained over 600 ex-agitators since three years of its commencement.

He said the trainees had undergone examination by the National Business and Technical Education Board (NABTEB), to give the exercise national credibility.

Describing Innoson factory as unique, Ezengwa said the peculiarity of the environment provides the trainees with both skills and entrepreneurial spirit to compete favorably with their contemporaries.

He however expressed gratitude to the training team that worked hard for a successful end of the training programme particularly the JAMUB Global Services as he assured graduands of federal government’s assistance towards their establishment, even as he canvassed for federal and state governments’ patronage to ensure the market’s steady relevance of the graduands.

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