Dokubo expresses hope of boom in fishing sector –

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Professor Charles Dokubo, Special Adviser to the President for Delta Affairs and Coordinators in Nigeria, Presidential Amnesty Program (middle, front), right, Professor George Salachas; Dr Effiong Essien; Mr. Ioannis Inglesis and Mr. George Dimacopulos during the visit of the Greek instructors to the Amnesty office in Abuja on Tuesday.

The special adviser to the president on the delta and the coordinator of Nigeria, the amnesty program, Professor Charles Dokubo, expressed optimism that the training of 2500 beneficiaries under the projects, including the construction of 100 fishing trawlers in Burutu, Delta, would enhance their capabilities and strengthen business in Nigeria, especially in the delta of Nigeria.

On Monday, eight Greek experts arrived in Nigeria, who trained 2500 beneficiaries of the amnesty program.

It is expected that the project initiated by the Presidential Amnesty Bureau will be launched in the near future.

Dokubo, having received a delegation of eight top managers of leading fishing institutions in Greece in his office on Tuesday, urged them to reproduce what they had created in their country.

"I went through most of your discussions, and you explained to me the methods and method of how you are doing your business.

I want it to be replicated in Nigeria and in the Niger delta, because we are people of world renown.

"Thus, we hope that this new concept will work well for our communities and people from the Niger delta so that the best that we can offer will improve our capabilities, and also strengthen the business and marine life of our delegates," he said.

Earlier, George Theodore, Managing Director of Theo-Man Limited, project managers, assured that potential beneficiaries will be professionally trained in how to manage modern boats that will serve as a livelihood for them, their families and communities in the Niger delta.

"As project managers, we will organize the whole operation, advise the interested parties on the progress achieved and control each side for smooth deliveries.

First of all, we are responsible for technical advice for the delivery of good boats; that they work in good condition and service. "

Theodore hinted that the research at the refinery, including the structures and facilities needed to prepare raw fish harvested for local consumption and export, reached an advanced stage.

"So, now we offer a complete solution, from educated fishermen to professionalism, modern equipment, selection of profitable catches, transportation and storage," he assured.

The project, which is managed by a public-private partnership (PPP), has as partners a presidential amnesty, the concept of Amadeus Limited, Akewa Global Services Limited (AGS) and four Greek companies.

Foreign firms include Fintrilis S.A, Tel of Western Greece; Kreta Mare, El Mare and Theo-Man Limited.

Currently, the Greek partners in Nigeria with a 10-day visit, preparatory to take-off of the project, – George Toedor, MD / CEO Theo-Man Limited; Ioannis Inglesis, HOD, Public Relations and International Relations, TEI of Western Greece; George Salachas, Vice-Rector, TEI from Western Greece, and Ioannis Kladas, Vice-Chairman, Aquaculture and Fisheries Division, TEI of Western Greece. Others – Ioannis Meliskhakis, Director, Kreta Mare; Dimitrios Fintrilis, MD / CEO Fintrilis S.A; Ioannis Kampuroglov, director of El Mare, and Benny Ebosele, coordinator of Theo-Man.

It is expected that about 2500 recipients of the amnesty program planned for training will be fully involved at the end of the project, for which the draft Implementation Committee and five subcommittees were presented last week by Professor Dokubu.

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