The Presidential Amnesty Programme has launched a new empowerment model to transform delegates into skilled entrepreneurs and employable citizens.
The Interim Administrator of PAP, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (retd), said in a statement made available to Financial Street on Tuesday, describing it as an end-to-end empowerment model.
“PAP will partner organisations that are ready and capable of training its delegates, employing successful trainees, and mentoring them to achieve post-training proficiency. Thereafter, they will be encouraged to branch out or own subsidiaries of the parent company.
“The catch is that since the delegates are potential employees, they will be well-trained to fit into the company offering the training. Those who do not make it will have themselves to blame for a missed opportunity,” the statement explained.
According to Dikio, the new approach will curb the multiplicity of empowerment packages not in line with PAP’s vision.
“We have designed a holistic high-quality empowerment package that will reduce delegates’ dependence on monthly stipends.
“We cannot continue to say we are empowering our delegates, and they cannot boast of anything to do or even find suitable jobs that suit the skills they have learnt.
“This is the model that is used by most businesses and organisations in the South–East, and this has proven to be highly successful and effective,” he said.
Dikio assured that PAP was working on processes that would not short-change delegates.
Vendors who wish to start their training and empowerment programmes for beneficiaries must obtain a letter of approval before commencement, the statement added.
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