The Federal government of Nigeria has begun the implementing its amnesty programme for ex-militants from the Niger Delta region of the country.
One hundred and fifty ex-militants have begun a one-month training in agriculture in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
The programme is being organized by the government in collaboration with the Abia State Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) in partnership with FADMOBAT at the headquarters of the ADP.
The participants consist of 1 female and 149 males ex-militants would be trained on poultry, fishery, land tilling and preparation, bookkeeping, farm business, produce marketing and farm personnel management.
The state Programme Manager of the ADP, Chief Batho Onyemaobi, Flag off the training by assuring the participants that they would be evaluated based on their proficiency in their area of agribusiness specialization.
He said the need the country needs to increase agricultural productivity to promote food sufficiently and to create employment opportunities for the teeming youth cannot be emphasized at this time.
Similarly, the coordinator of the training, Chika Abangwu appealed to them to forward any challenges they may encounter during the period in writing for onward channelling to the appropriate quarters.
One of the training participants, Mr Abraham Ebiyekon, expressed his displeasure concerning the time frame of the training stating that training was meant to last for nine months sequel to previous amnesty trainings.
He complained that when they discussed the terms of the amnesty with the federal government about ten years ago, they had been offered formal education and not skill acquisition programme.