The Innoson Kiara Academy, an affiliate of Innoson Group is to train 200 beneficiaries of the Amnesty programme on automobile and plastic manufacturing. At the end of the nine months programme, the trainees will be given business starter packs by the Presidential Amnesty Office to establish themselves. Speaking at the commissioning of the Skills Acquisition Training programme, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd) expressed confidence in the ability of Nigerian youths to proffer solutions to the socio-political and economic challenges confronting the nation.
According to him, the training is in partnership with the Innoson Group and has 120 beneficiaries training in automobile technology and 80 in plastic manufacturing at the Innoson-Kiara Academy, Umudim, Nnewi, Anambra State and Emene, Enugu State respectively. The programme is part of an Education- for- Employment Initiative conceived by the Presidential Amnesty Office and some of its key partners, for youths in the Niger Delta region. The Amnesty Coordinator said he is optimistic that with basic and advanced skills in key technical fields, young Nigerians can tackle development issues in the country.
He described the training in Anambra State as being particularly critical considering current efforts by the Federal Government to transfer and develop local expertise in car manufacturing. In his remarks, the Anambra State Governor, Willy Obianor who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Nkem Okeke at the commissioning of the skills acquisition training at the Nnewi centre, commended the Amnesty Office for the initiative and expressed hope that the beneficiaries will apply themselves to the training in order to develop requisite skills that would position them to start up small enterprises. One of the beneficiaries, Mr. Udeme Francis Ikpeme expressed appreciation to Federal Government for its commitment to human capital development in the Niger Delta. On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of the Academy, Mr. Ende Ezengwa lauded the Presidential Amnesty Office for keying into the national drive to encourage the growth of cottage industries. He reiterated the readiness and commitment of the Academy to mentor young Niger delta youths in their quest to acquire skills that would make them entrepreneurs.
Under the agreement, the Innoson Kiara Academy has a mandate to train the 200 Amnesty beneficiaries for nine months after which they will be given business starter packs by the Presidential Amnesty Office to establish themselves.