In line with its corporate strategy, Dangote Refinery & Petrochemicals Company is poised to contributing positively to the host communities where it is operating by supporting local initiatives with a lasting and meaningful impact on the well-being of the people and the environment.
The company is making youths from its host communities employable by providing vocational skills to them through its corporate social responsibility programmes.
Dangote Industries Limited’s Corporate Social Responsibility projects are centered on the development and well-being of the people, especially host communities. Social responsibility is the responsibility of business to pursue goals that benefit society. It has to do with business decisions fulfilling broad social needs and expectations as well as the needs of the firm.
The youths are veritable assets in any society and the quality of the youths determines the outlook of tomorrow’s society. Therefore, an investment in developing vocational skills among youths will yield the desired results.
conscious of this and mindful of its responsibility to the host communities, the Dangote camp is sponsoring training of youths to make themselves reliance.
The training, to be conducted by the National Directorate of Employment, is meant to prepare the youth with vocational skills that will eventually make them employable or self-employed. The company has deliberately targeted vocational skills such as plumbing, masonry, welding, iron bending, auto mechanics and electrical works because of the instant value addition to their lives and communities. It is pertinent to note that Nigeria lacks skilled artisans leading to reliance on artisans from neighbouring ECOWAS countries in the construction sector. Dangote is committed to change the narrative and working with relevant agencies to redesign the curriculum for the training of artisans, to make it more suitable to the needs and demands of today’s Nigeria.
Executive director, Capital Projects, Dangote Group, Mr. Devakumar Edwin said Dangote Petroleum Refinery has flagged off a vocational training scheme that will inculcate necessary skills in the young men and women from the Ibeju-Lekki area of its operation to make them marketable.
He said that the initiative is a demonstration of Dangote Refinery’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 stated that the scheme geared towards instant value addition to the lives of the youths and their communities will equip young men with trade skills that would prepare them for better opportunities.
At the colourful ceremony, which was attended by Obas and community leaders including the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu and all 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 across the country.
He said; “at Dangote Industries Limited, our Corporate Social Responsibility projects are centred on the development and wellbeing 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 school, and we just awarded scholarships to 51 secondary school students.
“This programme is another level of our intervention as it is targeted at providing vocational skills to the teeming youth population in our host communities. The youths are veritable assets in any society and the quality of the youths determines the outlook of tomorrow’s society. Therefore, an investment in developing vocational skills among youths will yield the desired results,” the company said
In a speech, the Vice-chancellor of University of Lagos, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe said the gathering was because of the investment the community has organized with Dangote through a memorandum of understanding (MoU).
The VC, represented by Prof. Sunday Adebisi said “if Shell, Total Nigeria and other oil and gas companies have understood this right away from 1960 upward, we will not have the insurgency we have in Niger-Delta today. Companies need to invest in the communities they operate, by taking the community along in its progress.”
According to Adebisi, Dangote is cultivating home grown entrepreneur talent.
The manager, Projects Certification and Authorisation Division (PCAD), NCDMB, Engr. Frank Ibi, who represented the executive secretary, Engr. Simbi Wabote, commended Dangote Refinery on its achievement and noted that NCDMB is geared to promote domiciliation of value-adding activities and utilization of Nigerian human and material resources.
He said the board’s mandate is to ensure that training resources and efforts are devoted to providing young Nigerians with specialised skills and certifications needed to get employment.
Ibi commended Dangote’s commitment to NCDMB Human Capacity Development Initiatives, which he believed would provide a platform for the youths to contribute to Nigeria’s economic development.
In his remarks, Oba of Lagos, HRM Rilwan Akiolu said the programme was unprecedented in that the company was yet to start operation but decided to empower the youths from the area to make them employable.
The Monarch then encouraged the youths to utilize 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 Lagos State, emphasized the need for the youths to work hard.
Also, the Oba of Epe Land, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun commended Aliko Dangote for bringing development to the communities through his investment in refinery and petrochemicals and urged other Nigerians of means to invest locally and lift the economy of the people at the grassroot.
The chairman, Lekki Local Council Development Area, Barrister Ogidan Olaitan, who was the chief host, said the inauguration of the skills acquisition programme was a fulfilment of Dangote’s promise to the host communities and a step in the right direction.
According to him, the company promised the award of scholarship to students in the host communities, and noted that this was fulfilled through the award of scholarship to secondary school students last week. He called on the company to assist the communities with science and technology specialized schools.
The excited beneficiaries expressed happiness at the flag off of the scheme, saying the programme would go a long way at equipping them with necessary skills required for latest vocational job techniques and thanked the management of the Dangote Refinery for being a responsible corporate citizen.