Dangote graduates 200 youths in various skills

About 200 youths from Ibeju-Lekki Community in Lagos State have graduated from various skills’ training organized by


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Dangote graduates 200 youths in various skills

 

About 200 youths from Ibeju-Lekki Community in Lagos State have graduated from various skills’ training organized by Dangote Petroleum Refinery, Fresh Angle International can report.

 

The programme which was facilitated by the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, recorded encomium as traditional rules and community leaders praised the initiative, geared towards transforming society and providing employment opportunities for the youths.

 

Our Energy Correspondent, National, reports that the training covered a wide range of vocational skills such as plumbing, masonry, welding, iron bending, auto mechanics and electrical works.

 

It marked the successful completion of the first batch of trainees.

 

The programme is another level of Dangote Petroleum Refinery’s intervention as it is targeted at providing vocational skills to the teeming youth population in its host communities.

 

Addressing the graduands, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, promised to employ the 200 youths, who are from Ibeju-Lekki Community in the Lekki Free Trade Zone.

 

 

The Lagos State Governor who was represented by the Managing Director of Lekki Free Trade Zone Worldwide, Dr. Tunde Sodade, said he was passionate about employing the youths through skilled vocational training.

 

 

He lauded Dangote Group for the initiative, while urging the graduands to be good ambassadors to the state and their community.

 

 

In his remarks, Dangote Group Executive Director, Strategy, Capital Projects and Portfolio Development, Mr. Devakumar Edwin, said the initiative was a demonstration of Dangote Refinery’s commitment towards capacity-building and youth empowerment in the country.

 

Edwin said the programme was another level of Dangote Petroleum Refinery’s intervention targeted at providing vocational skills to the teeming youth population in its host communities.

 

He explained that the programme was also aimed at making youth from its host communities employable.

 

He urged the graduands to be more focused and diligent in whatever they do and serve as frontier to others.

 

 

The Lagos State Coordinator of National Directorate of Employment, NDE, Mrs. Serena Edward, commended Dangote Group for pioneering the vocational training programme, saying the initiative which started six months ago, has recorded tremendous success.

 

 

The Oni-Lekki of Lekki, Oba Olumuyiwa Ogunbekun, encouraged the youths to fully utilize the skills they  acquired, just as he commended Dangote Refinery for its unwavering support to community development initiatives in the state and  emphasized the need for the youths to work hard.

 

Ogunbekun also urged Dangote to assist in employing the trained youths in other to foster mutual relationship in the community.

 

He also commended Aliko Dangote for bringing development to the communities through its investment in refinery and petrochemicals.

                                                                                          

An instructor, Mr. Musa Ajibola, urged companies to follow what Dangote had done, while urging companies to make the training a one year programme, rather than six months. 

 

He said that the training had broadened the knowledge of the youths toward improving their knowledge.

 

One of the graduands, Balogun Fuad, said that the programme was laudable, adding that it came at the right time.

 

According to him, most youths in the area do not have meaningful livelihood, while urging Dangote and others to employ them.

 

Another trainee, Balogun Owolabi said the programme had created opportunities for most of the youths, adding that it could make them independent.

 

 

 

 




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Yunus Yusuf
Energy Correspondent, National
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