Eight Greek experts in the maritime industry have arrived Nigeria to train 2,500 beneficiaries of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) on fishing.
A Nigerian official expressed optimism that the project, which includes the building of 100 fishing trawlers in Burutu, Delta State, for training of the beneficiaries, will enhance their capabilities and strengthen business in Nigeria, particularly the Niger Delta region.
George Theodoru, Managing Director, Theo-Man Limited, managers of the project, assured Nigerians that the prospective beneficiaries would be professionally trained on how to operate state-of-the-art boats which will serve as a means of livelihood for them, their families and communities in the Niger Delta.
“As project managers, we will organise the whole operation, consult the parties involved on progress made, and supervise each party for smooth deliveries. Above all, we are responsible for the technical consultancy to deliver good boats; to keep them working in good condition and maintenance,” he was quoted as saying by thisdaylive local website.
Theodoru hinted that a study on a processing factory, including structures and facilities necessary for preparation of raw fish harvested for local consumption and export, has reached advanced stage.
“So we are now offering a complete solution, starting from educated fishermen to professionalism, modern equipment, choice of profitable catches, transportation and preservation,” he said.
The Greek firms participating in the project include Fintrilis S.A, Tel of Western Greece; Kreta Mare, El Mare and Theo-Man Limited.