An indigenous firm, Teecentinel Group, has announced that it commence the training of some beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) at the multi-billion naira Cassava Processing Factory in Ebedebiri, Bayelsa State, on June 12.
Project Management Consultant and Spokesperson, Mr. Adebowale Ayoade, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.
According to him, the beneficiaries will be trained in batches for a period of eight months.
Ayoade added that the ex-agitators would receive theoretical and practical trainings on cassava cultivation and farm management at the 60-metric ton daily capacity cassava processing factory.
The consultant stated that the training would be in accordance with the novel Train, Employ and Mentor (TEM) scheme introduced by the PAP Interim Administrator, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd).
Ayoade further stated that the PAP boss would be on ground to inaugurate the ex-agitators’ training on June 12 at the cassava factory.
He also disclosed that the training programme was in collaboration with the Bayelsa State Government and PAP.
Ayoade stated, “We are commencing the training of delegates of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in June. The plant was designed to process starch from cassava. So we will do both theoretical and practical training for them to be well equipped.
“This training will follow stirctly the Train, Employ and Mentor scheme of the PAP under Milland Dixon Dikio. We will run it in batches and at the end the beneficiaries will receive the required skill in the processing of cassava to starch”.
He said at the end of the programme, the trainees would be employed as outgrowers of cassava stems to feed the factory’s operations.
While expressing optimism about the prospect of the training, especially to promote food security, he thanked the Dikio-led PAP for believing in her company to undertake the task.
He said Dikio had uncommon commitment to change the narrative of the Niger Delta, describing the PAP boss as one of the best things that happened to the Niger Delta.
Ayoade said that having executed many jobs with federal and state agencies of government, he was impressed with the private sector mentality Dikio deployed in running the PAP.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Dikio into that office, stressing that the former military chief had not disappointed in the discharge of his duties.
He said, “Effortlessly Dikio has made huge impact since he came on board. Unlike in the past, PAP is now a reformed agency that is run as a private sector entity. This of course is because of the man’s extraordinary and deliberate intention to do the right thing.
“What we will achieve with this training which is the vision of Dikio is massive food security in the region and beyond. I am so grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for the wise choice of Dikio”.