The authorities of the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) yesterday announced a total expended budget of N403 million on the training of indigent Bayelsa youth in skills acquisition programmes and funding sustainable community development projects.
The multi-national company said that the empowerment program was aimed at tackling unemployment in the five-project cluster communities by providing employment opportunities beyond the worksites.
Speaking yesterday in Yenagoa during the distribution of starter packs to over 95 graduands from the five cluster communities in Bayelsa State, SPDC General Manager, Sustainable Development and Community Relations, Mr. Tony Attah listed Odioma, Ibidi, Idema, Nembe Ogbolomabiri and Nembe Bassambiri communities as beneficiaries.
Attah said that the 95 Youths graduated under the Youth Training and Enterprise Development Programme (YTEP) and is part of commitments made in the General Memoranda of Understanding (GMoU) signed between the various project clusters and SPDC.
Represented by Evans Kurokurogbo, SPDC said that the youths were trained for 18 months in various vocational, technical units and an industrial attachment and certification examination carried out at the Delta State University.
Also speaking, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Engr. Kingdom Yeri lauded SPDC for impacting on the lives of unemployed youth in the state to reduce restiveness and unemployment.
In his contribution, Chairman, Nembe Local Government Area, Mr. Warigboko Sylva said that the training of the youths would increase the micro-economy of the region and improve the image of the company.
Sylva called on SPDC to employ experts in entrepreneurial skills to nurture the trainees in technical and vocational skills to enhance competence. He lauded the company for its wealth creation initiatives, adding that the gesture was a show of social relationship with its host communities.