Some persons who benefited from the amnesty programme of the Nigerian government want to be gainfully employed.

At least 304 of them have applied for jobs at the Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Delta State that will begin academic activities before the end of the year.

The Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Brigadier General Paul Boroh, gave the figures on Thursday.

Boroh is also the Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Matters.

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He told the News Agency of Nigeria that the institution had commenced operations and placed advertisements for those interested in working with the institution as academic staff.

Many of the amnesty beneficiaries were trained in marine engineering, maritime studies, seamanship, shipping, marine transport related studies, diving, underwater welding, automobile engineering, aviation, tourism and hospitality and agriculture, particularly in aquaculture.

The Special Adviser believes the youths can fill the manpower gap in the maritime sector, using the maritime university as the channel.

Aside from these youths, the University is now hiring professors, readers, senior lecturers, lecturers, assistant lecturers and graduate assistants to teach in the faculties of Science, Maritime Transportation, Maritime Engineering & Technology, Maritime Environmental Management and General Studies.

“It is important to see unemployed graduates thinking about how to take control of their career development on a daily basis by developing  their skills, values and interests as this will be helpful to them throughout their working life," he stated.

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The Coordinator, however, urged youths in the region not to give up on their dreams.

“With high competition for graduate jobs in Nigeria , it’s easy to feel discouraged when looking for a job.

“You don’t have to give up on your dream job,”  he added.

This  is coming days after President Muhammadu Buhari approved an increase in the take-off grant for the University from the earlier 2 billion Naira announced to 5 billion Naira.

The grant has already been included in the 2018 budget, under the Federal Ministry of Education allocation, presented to the National Assembly.

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