Paul Boroh, coordinator, presidential amnesty programme, PAP, on Thursday said about 304 former militants had applied for job at the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State.
Boroh, who is also the special adviser to the president on Niger Delta matters, told newsmen in Abuja.
He said the University had commenced operations and placed advertisements for those interested in working with the institution as academic staff.
Boroh noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved increase in the take-off grant for the University from the earlier N2 billion announced to N5 billion.
He said the grant had already been included in the 2018 budget, under the Federal Ministry of Education allocation, presented to the National Assembly.
The special adviser assured that the University would create massive employment opportunities for youths in the region, adding that so many youths have been trained in different disciplines and vocations.
Many of them were trained in marine engineering, maritime studies, seamanship, shipping, marine transport related studies, diving, underwater welding, automobile engineering, aviation, tourism and hospitality, agriculture, particularly in aquaculture.
“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,”.
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 said.
He lauded the President for his commitment to the smooth take-off of the University and release of grant.
He, however, assured that the federal government would sustained the establishment for good.