About 122 youths from Akwa Ibom State have graduated from various trades sponsored by Total Exploration and Production, Port-Harcourt District under its batch 11 skills acquisition training programme.
The skills acquisition programme, which cut across a wide range of vocations marked the successful completion of the batch 11 trainees sponsored by NNPC/TEPNG.
Delivering his key-note address on the occasion, the Deputy-Managing Director, JV District of the company, Mr Francois Le-Cocq said, the training is a practical demonstration of one of the cardinal corporate social responsibility principles of Total Group and NNPC/TEPNG Joint Venture to support the sustainable socio-economic development of its host communities in the state.
He said the training was designed to create jobs for the participants/graduates of the scheme, with the aim of laying a foundation for the potential creation of additional sustainable jobs within the local economy.
Mr Le-Cocq, who was represented by the Advisor, Community Affairs and Development, Mr. Aniefiok Akpan, maintained that, before the graduation an enterprise development workshop was organized to prepare them for life ahead to make them grow their businesses.
The Deputy-MD however, advised the graduands to commit themselves to continuous learning and development as the business environment changes frequently, and promised to assist them to succeed.
He appreciated the resource persons, trainers, community representatives, the State government and the community stakeholders for partnering the company to realize the programme.
Also speaking, Commissioner for Transport and Petroleum Resources, Mr Oman Esin commended Total E and P, for the training of youths from Akwa Ibom and urged other oil multinationals in the state to emulate the company’s example.
Mr Esin, represented by a Director in his Ministry, Mr Nseobong Edem maintained that, engaging the youths in viable ventures by Total would go a long way to reduce idleness and criminality.
The beneficiaries of the 11 batch training were also given starter packs and equipment to help them set up their businesses.