A Beneficiary Being Empowered
About 60 Niger Delta youths mostly ex-militants are reported to have been empowered last week in Delta state. They ex-militants were blessed by the Presidential Amnesty Programme under the direct administration of the office of the special assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs.
It was the Warri branch office of the Amnesty Programme that was involved in the empowerment programme this time around. News gathered about the event revealed that the 60 ex-militants received empowerment tools to start up their businesses and help boost the economy of the region.
The Amnesty office in Warri disclosed that the empowerment was part of the dis-engagement phase for the ex-militants to empowered them so that they can stand on their feet and earn an income thereby fending for their family and contributing their quota to the development of their community.
Many items, equipment, and business tools were said to be distributed to various beneficiaries to help them in their vocation among which were welding tools, household items, as well as funds of live seeds to enable start business.
Tools For Empowerment
Among the beneficiaries of the empowerment programme is one Esther Oghenewarie, a mother of 2 from Delta State. She was blessed with groceries, a refrigerator, generator, and a start-up fund for her business.
Mrs. Oghenewarie was among the 60 other beneficiaries of the empowerment programme who were given various start-up tools and cash to start their business. It was revealed that their chosen businesses have all been registered with the corporate affairs commission courtesy of the Amnesty office.
The Amnesty office also sees to the empowerment, engagement, and re-integration of the beneficiaries of the programme. The utilization of the empowerment tools by the beneficiaries is seen as the fulfillment of the disintegration stage from the programme in which the beneficiaries begin to earn income and become self-sufficient and independent.
It was further disclosed the empowerment of this set of ex-militants is one out of several other such gestures planned for many ex-militants who completed their vocational, professional and entrepreneur training organised by the Amnesty office and are waiting for empowerment and disintegration.