By Dickson Omobola
UYO—Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, yesterday, said his vision of creating a Job Placement and International Partners Engagement Unit, JP-IDPE, has started yielding results.
He stated this in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, at the opening ceremony of Train the Trainer, ToT, training on Nigeria Agricultural Enterprise Curriculum for 20 graduate beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme.
The training programme is funded by the Department for International Development, DFID, Nigeria, and organised in partnership with the Presidential Amnesty Programme by Market Development in the Niger Delta, MADE, a non-profit project sponsored by UK-DFID.
Dokubo, who noted that the partnership project was the first of its kind in the Amnesty Programme described it as historic and expressed optimism that it would create pathways for other international agencies to partner the Amnesty Office.
He said: “On my appointment and assumption of duty as Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in 2018, I studied the existing implementation strategies and realised that little effort had been made to extend a hand of partnership to relevant international organisations.
In order to rectify this omission, I created the Job Placement and International Development Partners Engagement Unit on May 2, 2018. I am glad that my vision has paid off today. The JP-IDPE unit network produced this MADE project that we see today and we look forward to having more of it”.
He disclosed that in a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Amnesty Office, MADE agreed among others, to facilitate linkage between the Presidential Amnesty Programme and service providers working within its fisheries and poultry sector, provide a Train the Trainer (ToT) training for 20 beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme, and select the best five beneficiaries from the NAEC ToT programme for further training for them to become master trainers.