By Jimitota ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT – Port Harcourt Refining Company, PHRC, has engaged a total of 60 youths from Eleme and Okrika for its first Youth Empowerment and Skill Acquisition Programme, YESAP.
Acting Executive Director Services, of the firm, Sir Ralph Ugwu said the training programme was part of effort on the part of the firm to productively engage youths in the area, adding that it would help reduce security challenges.
He said the youths would be trained on welding and fabrication, carpentry and woodwork, plumbing and pipe fitting, plaster of Paris POP, fashion design, GSM repairs, catering, poultry, fisheries etc.
Continuing, Sir Ugwu said the company saw the need to build capacity among youths in its area of operations, stressing that the move would also promote peace and security for its operations.
He further explained that the training would span a period of six months and would be broken into three phases, urging the youths to make good use of the opportunity offered by the programme, adding that they would get monthly stipend for the duration of the program.
Mr Andy Ogbuigwe, who also spoke said thirty six of the participants were drawn from Eleme while the other twenty four were from Okrika. He also expressed the hope that the effort of the youth would help curb youth restiveness in the area.
According to him, the essence of the programme was to increase the employability of the youths through entrepreneurial skill. He said the continuity of the programme would rely on the success of the pilot scheme
Speaking further, he said that the selection process for the training program was rigorous as the lucky participants went through various stages before they were picked.
Mr Ken Onodingene on his part congratulated those selected even as he charged them to be committed to the training program.