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Prof. Charles Dokubo, Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme has denied claims by some students of the World Maritime University/Copenhagen Malmo that his office has refused to sponsor them for further studies overseas.
The students had in a petition threatened to embark on peaceful demonstration over the Federal Government’s failure to sponsor their overseas training in a petition to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.
But while denying the claim of the students, the Special Adviser said offshore training could only be for specialised courses not offered within the country, while others should studied locally.
Dokubo through his Special Assistant, Media, Mr Murphy Ganagana told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that this decision became necessary due to limited resources.
He said that the issue concerning the above group has been on since the previous administration.
“And the position of the office has been that these delegates of group of persons have completed their first programme and they are now seeking for further training abroad.
“The office does not have the resources to train them abroad; the office opted for local training which could be offered by Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
“They can be trained by NIMASA effectively, but they refused; they rejected that offer. So the office does not have the resources to train them abroad,’’ he reiterated.
According to him, the office is trying to de-emphasise the offshore training due to lack of resources except they are specialised courses; those courses that cannot be obtained in the country.
“So, the office did not denial them training; the office accepted to train them locally based on available resources, but they insisted that it must be offshore training.
“You know we are running programmes and we have a lot of others, who have not gone for training. So we have to utilise the resources in such a way that it can go round to everybody.
“And you do it in a way that the training can be beneficial. So the office is de-emphasising education offshore unless it is specialist education.
“The office did not refuse to train them on sea-time training, but insist on them having the training here in the country with NIMASA,’’ Dokubo said.
Dokubo also advised beneficiaries of the programme to always seek better ways to end their grievances rather than going to the media for things that are not justifiable.
He added that the office has process and channel of communication, adding that beneficiaries of the office should endeavour to exhaust them first before thinking of other alternatives.