Four hundred and fifty-eight beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme are currently undergoing vocational training in various skills.
The training, conducted by specialized partners in Lagos, Bayelsa, Delta, Ondo, Imo and Rivers States, will last between six months and nine months.
Beneficiaries are being trained in tailoring and fashion design; installation and maintenance of tricycles; transformer repairs and maintenance; shoe making; as well as fish farming.
Among them are 200 beneficiaries who commenced nine-month training in transformer repairs and maintenance on July 3, 2019 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and are expected to graduate April next year.
A breakdown of the trade areas of the 458 beneficiaries showed that 44 are training in installation and maintenance of tricycles, 62 in tailoring and fashion design, 90 in fish farming and 18 in shoemaking.
This is even as 51 beneficiaries of the programme are awaiting deployment in Rivers and Delta States for training in argon welding/fabrication and fish farming.
Meanwhile, 32 beneficiaries trained in tailoring and fashion design at the Balamere Fashion House in Epe, Lagos State graduated on July 24.
Some other beneficiaries currently in training are expected to graduate soon.
The programme is under the headship of the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo.