Lagos—Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals Company, yesterday, flagged off a vocational training scheme that will inculcate skills in the young men and women from the Ibeju-Lekki area to make them marketable.
Dangote Group Executive Director, Capital Projects, Mr Devakumar Edwin said the initiative was a demonstration of the firm’s commitment towards capacity building and youth empowerment in the country.
The vocational skills, which was launched in collaboration with the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, was designed to cover plumbing, masonry, welding, iron bending, auto mechanics and electrical works.
Edwin said the scheme was geared towards adding value to the lives of the youths and their communities and equip young men with trade skills that would prepare them for better opportunities.
At the event, attended by top Obas and community leaders, including Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu and the Baales in the host communities, the Dangote Group boss said the company would continue to invest in projects that would add value to the lives of the people in the communities hosting its facilities.
He said: “At Dangote Industries Limited, our corporate social responsibility projects are centred around the development and well-being of the people, especially our host communities. In Ibeju Lekki, we have executed several projects that are enhancing the lives of the people. We have provided boreholes for all the communities, classrooms for the local schools, and we just awarded scholarships to 51 secondary school students.”
In his remarks, Oba Akiolu said the programme was unprecedented in that the company was yet to start operation but is empowering youths to make them employable.
The monarch then encouraged the youths to utilise the skills which they will acquire through the training programme.
“This programme is another level of our intervention targeted at providing vocational skills to the youths in our host communities. The youths are veritable assets in any society and their quality determines the outlook of tomorrow’s society. Therefore, an investment in developing vocational skills among youths will yield the desired results.”
In his remarks, Oba Akiolu said the programme was unprecedented in that the company was yet to start operation but is empowering the youths to make them employable.
The monarch then encouraged the youths to utilise the skills which they will acquire through the training programme. The monarch, who commended Dangote Refinery for its unwavering support to community development initiatives in the state, emphasized the need for the youths to work hard and be close to God.