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The Federal Government yesterday expressed commitment to taking over the multi-billion naira furniture factory in Benin City, the Edo State capital, for the purpose of training Niger Delta ex-militants.
The factory, which is owned by a Benin-based industrialist, Mr. Robert Oshodin, when fully operational, would be manned by the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme.
The Special Assistant on Legal Matters to the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Amnesty Office and Coordinator of Amnesty Programme, Mr. Richard Okolocha, and a Consultant to the Programme, Mr. Gallant Paul, respectively were said to have led a delegation of the amnesty office on tour of the factory.
Already, positive steps had been initiated by the Federal Government to perfect the smooth take- over of the multi-billion naira furniture factory, which substantial payment of its cost had been paid by the government since 2013.
Okolocha said the visit, the first in its series, was aimed at the final takeover of the facility designed to serve as a training ground for ex-agitators from the oil rich Niger Delta region. He expressed satisfaction with the state of the facility, pointing out that no fewer than 5,000 of the ex-militants, who embraced the amnesty programme would be trained at the facility.
Okolocha said: “I am impressed not only with the size of the factory, but the state of the art of equipment, as well as the products. I have not seen this kind of factory in the entire West Africa sub-region. Right from the raw material department, production, upholstery, fabrication and the showroom departments, were simply breathtaking.
Credit: New Telegraph