One hundred re certified delegates have been presented with starter packs by the Presidential Amnesty office, having completed their studies at the Bayelsa state Institute of Tourism and Hospitality in Yenagoa.
The delegates were re-certified in catering and fashion design.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, the Special Adviser to the president on Niger Delta and Presidential Amnesty Program, Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd) stated that more that 3,754 delegates have been empowered in catering, tailoring and fashion design and more so a total of 966 delegates have also benefited in the entrepreneurship refreshers programme to set up their businesses.
He pointed out that the quality of the re-integration programme has led to the increase in the economic activities of the presidential amnesty program delegates, adding that a survey carried out recently showed that more than 70 per cent of the empowered delegates under his tenure make higher profits than the previous administration.
He charged the grandaunts to make good use of the opportunity offered to them and urged them to venture into business with their chosen trades, saying that they are not job seekers but job creators.
Boroh commended president Buhari led administration for the effective commitment he placed on the amnesty office and promised that the programme can bring peace and stability in the Niger Delta.
He also commended the Institute of Tourism and Hospitality for their immerse workload they put into the project.
In his remarks, the Rector of the institute, Mr. Samuel Timi Johnson is of the view that the vision of establishing the school was never a waste as Bayelsans are beginning to count the blessing with the volume of activities.
According to him, the stage is set for Bayelsa state to take the leading role to revitalize the tourism and hospitality industry as a major hub to increase the internal revenue generation base to overcome some teething challenges of the economic recession in Nigeria.
He appreciated Governor Dickson and Gen, Boroh (rtd) for giving the institute the platform to host to the training and empowerment program. However, he looks forward to receive the next batch of delegates and other prospective applicants from Bayelsa of the on-going admission into the school’s programmes to enhance their livelihood.