Fed Govt, Abia to train 150 ex-militants


The federal government in collaboration with the Abia State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) is partnering with an organisation, Fadmobat, to train some 150 former militants from the Niger Delta areas who agreed to embrace peace.

The programme is part of the amnesty scheme designed by the federal government to rehabilitate repentant militants from the Niger Delta areas who willingly dropped their arms with the aim of turning a new leaf.

The amnesty programme is designed to give the ex-militants a sense of belonging through the training they will receive, which will make them useful to themselves, their immediate environment and the society at large.

Speaking in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, while flagging off the programme, the Programme Manager (PM) of Abia ADP, Chief Batho Onyemaobi said that the 150 ex-militants are made up of 149 males and one female who will be trained in various agricultural ventures.

Onyemaobi said that the federal government has sent them to Abia State to learn agricultural production which will make them useful to themselves and the society at the end of their programme, urging them to make good use of their time in the state.

The Abia ADP boss said that at the end of their one month training they are expected to be proficient in several agricultural fields, stressing that they will also be expected to choose their own area of specialisation.

He recalled that before the advent of crude oil that agricultural produce was the main economic stay of the country, adding that before now that most developments across the country were achieved from money gotten from agricultural produce.

Onyemaobi noted that the current fluctuation in oil price has made the federal government to decide to go back to agriculture first for food security and also for steady inflow of funds.

He said, “However with the way things are now the federal government has decided to go back to agriculture since the price of oil is no longer stable and most of those who used to buy our oil have found alternative ways of powering their industries”.

The Abia ADP PM said that when the country fully returns to agricultural production that more industries will open, as there will be job opportunities and the economic activities of the country will increase with its attendant finances increment.

Onyemaobi said, “During your stay here you will be brought up to speed on poultry, fishery, how to open up the land for proper farming, book keeping, farm business, marketing and farm personnel management so that when you open your farms its management will not be hard”.

He told them that they will not only learn the theory of agriculture but that they will also do the practical aspect of their entire programme, adding that with the practical programme that they will know what it takes to be a true farmer.

One of the ex-militants Abraham Ebiyekon wondered why their own training will be lasting for only one month when others before them had their training for a period of nine months, saying that one month will not be enough for them to learn all about agriculture for their benefit.

Ebiyekon recalled that it about ten years since they dropped arms to embrace peace and that all they agreed during their discussion with the federal government was education and not skill acquisition.

Responding the coordinator of the programme, Chika Cletus Abangwu said that if they have any grievances over the programme that they should put it down in writing and promised to channel such to the appropriate quarters for proper action.

Abangwu told them that after their training that they will be expected to put down their names, phone numbers, bank account numbers and other information needed, adding that it is through their personal data that they will be contacted to come for the empowerment they will need to start up their businesses.

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