The Federal University Of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Ondo,State, has announced a new admission system in the varsity for Niger Delta ex-militants that will not need them to write JAMB before enrolling into the institution.

The university management pre-degree programme will run in the institution to assist the federal government in skills acquisitions and vocational training for the ex-militants who are beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

The Special Adviser, Media to the Coordinator of the programme, Neotaobase Egbe, in a statement on Saturday, said the institution offered the school’s entrepreneurship centres with globally recognized certifications for the training of the programme’s beneficiaries.

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The institution also commended the federal government for its new focus to train, mentor and employ ex-agitators in order to sustain the existing peace in the Niger Delta region.

He said: “Your vision to train, employ and mentor beneficiaries will bring further development and economic prosperity to the region and the nation at large.

“In line with that, in FUTA we have the capacity to train ex-agitators to become agents of change that will reverse the narrative of a people dependent on stipends, become employers of labour and contribute largely to the economic growth of the region through our centre of entrepreneurship.

We have a pre-degree programme, so they don’t have to go through the JAMB cycle.

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Our programme also recognizes JAMB, so we will be able to accommodate a lot of trainees into it.”

Also speaking, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Joseph Fuwape, said that the institution had the capacity and facilities to support the PAP in terms of research, manpower development programmes, innovation and technology in data management, aquaculture, fish farming, agro-business and agropreneurship, among others.

Responding, Col. Dikio, who acknowledged the importance of technology in national development, commended the management team of FUTA for the gesture and promised to set up a team to evaluate the offer and draw up a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

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He said that informal education was just as important as conventional education, noting that relevant vocational and business skills could be learnt and used to transform lives and the mindsets of ex-agitators.

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