By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”THE Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has stated that the corporation was assiduously working towards empowering indigenes of communities close to the company’s operations in fulfillment of its corporate social responsibility.
This is coming against the backdrop of the N18 million starter packs donated to skill acquisition graduands by Warri Refinery and Petrochemicals Company.
Group Executive Director, Refineries and Petrochemicals, Mr. Austin Oniwon, made this disclosure yesterday at the WRPC on the occasion of the passing out ceremony of 20 sponsored community trainees on various skills, such as welding and fabrication, tailoring/fashion design, hair dressing/barbing and carpentry/wood-joining.
Speaking at the occasion, the Managing Director, WRPC, Mr. Andy Yakubu, stated that the courses chosen by the company derived from the Federal Governmentâ€™s millennium development goals, which include empowering host community natives and raising the standards of living of the people through small medium enterprises.
According to him, these goals also perfectly key into Delta State governmentâ€™s human capital development agenda.
He assured that, apart from the starter packs, these groups of trainees would further be given take-off grants to enable them commence trade immediately and therefore charged them to be good ambassadors of the company.
He said:Â â€œWRPC is convinced that the economic development of Delta State can be effectively stimulated by building the technical capacity of the workforce through quality education and vocational programmes with emphasis on skills acquisition amongst othersâ€.
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, who spoke through his Special Assistance on Oil and Gas, Mr. David Ekereokosu, charged all other oil companies in the region to emulate the sustained corporate social responsibility agenda of the WRPC.
He said such a development would enhance industrial harmony and peaceful co-existence between them and their host communities.