The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, has said the training of 2,500 beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme by Greek experts will enhance Nigeria’s fishing sector.
The project, which was initiated by the Presidential Amnesty Office, is expected to be launched soon, according to a statement.
Dokubo expressed optimism that the project, which would include the building of 100 fishing trawlers in Burutu, Delta State, for the training of the Amnesty beneficiaries, would enhance their capabilities and strengthen businesses in Nigeria, particularly in the Niger Delta region.
While receiving a delegation of eight top managers of leading fishing institutions in Greece in his office on Tuesday, he urged them to replicate what they had put in place in their country.
“I have sat through most of your discussions and you have explained to me the techniques and the methods of how you do your own business. I want that to be replicated in Nigeria and in the Niger Delta, because we are a seafaring people. So, we hope that this new concept will work well for our communities and for the Niger Delta people so that the best that we can offer will enhance our capabilities and strengthen the business and seafaring lives of our delegates,” he said.
Earlier, the Managing Director, Theo-Man Limited, managers of the project, George Theodoru, said the prospective beneficiaries would be professionally trained in the operation of state-of-the-art boats, which would serve as a means of livelihood for them, their families and communities in the Niger Delta.
“As project managers, we will organise the whole operation, consult the parties involved on progress made, and supervise each party for smooth deliveries. Above all, we are responsible for the technical consultancy to deliver good boats, to keep them working in good condition and maintenance.”
Theodoru hinted that a study on a processing factory, including structures and facilities necessary for preparation of raw fish harvested for local consumption and export, had reached an advanced stage.
“So, we are now offering a complete solution, starting from educated fishermen to professionalism, modern equipment, choice of profitable catches, transportation and preservation,” he said.