The first batch of 20 aircraft engineers who were former agitators in the NigerDelta, have graduated from aviation training school, as part of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).
PAP Interim Administrator, Major General Barry Ndiomu (Rtd), told journalists earlier in the week in Lagos State that the beneficiaries were part of the 75 aircraft maintenance engineers in the aviation resuscitation programme for former agitators.
Ndiomu stated that the various initiatives deployed by his administration to improve the lives of young people, was critical to the supply of manpower globally.
Represented by Wilfred Musa, PAP’s Head of Reintegration, he recalled that upon resumption of office over one year ago, his administration decided to throw its weight behind the Aviation Resuscitation Programme given the enormous opportunities that are abound in the aviation industry and its relevance to in building human capacity.
Maintaining that the programme has a global relevance, he said: “By the time some of you get jobs abroad, you will begin to send money back home to your families and loved ones. That is value. That is the goal of this investment.
“One day, you will come back home to become stalwarts of Nigeria’s aviation industry. We (PAP) are a moving train and we will not stop. At the end of the day, the Niger Delta Region will be better for it,” he added.
Also, the Chief Executive Officer of Leadstream Aviation Training Limited, Engr. Roland Ahmed, commended the Amnesty Office for not giving up on the Aviation Resuscitation Programme over the years.
He assured the Administrator that the first batch of graduates are fully equipped, and ready for the aviation industry, after going through a professional training cycle.