The Innoson Kiara Academy, an affiliate of the Innoson Group has pledged to train 200 beneficiaries of the Amnesty programme on automobile technology and plastic manufacturing.
At the end of the nine months training as agreed, the trainees will be given starter packs by the Presidential Amnesty Office to establish themselves.
The special adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd) while speaking at the commissioning of the Skills Acquisition Training programme, expressed his confidence in the ability of Nigerian youths to proffer solution to the socio-political and economic crisis confronting the nation.
According to him, the 200 beneficiaries are shared into two groups, 120 to be trained in automobile technology while 80 is to be trained in plastic manufacturing at the Innoson-Kiara Academy, Umudim, Nnewi, Anambra State and Emene, Enugu State respectively.
The programme is part of an Education- for- Employment Initiative conceived by the Presidential Amnesty Office and some of its key partners, for youths in the Niger Delta region.
The Amnesty Coordinator said he is optimistic that with basic and advanced skills in key technical fields, young Nigerians can tackle development issues in the country. He described the training in Anambra State as being particularly critical considering current efforts by the Federal Government to transfer and develop local expertise in car manufacturing.
In his remarks, the Anambra State Governor, Willy Obianor who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke at the commissioning of the skills acquisition training at the Nnewi centre, commended the Amnesty Office for the initiative and expressed hope that the beneficiaries will apply themselves to the training in order to develop requisite skills that would position them to start up small enterprises. One of the beneficiaries, Mr. Udeme Francis Ikpeme expressed appreciation to Federal Government for its commitment to human capital development in the Niger Delta.
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of the Academy, Mr. Ende Ezengwa lauded the Presidential Amnesty Office for keying into the national drive to encourage the growth of cottage industries.
He reiterated Academy’s commitment to mentor Niger Delta youths in their quest to acquire skills that would boost their potentiality for entrepreneurship.