Belemaoil to create 12,000 jobs, awards 374 scholarships in Niger Delta
Belemaoil Producing Limited, an indigenous oil and gas company in Niger Delta region, has said it plans to create an additional 12,000 jobs in the region.This is coming as the company, in partnership with its Joint Venture, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), awarded 374 scholarships to students of the region to enhance opportunities of host communities in the education sector.
Speaking after handing over cheques to beneficiaries in Port Harcourt, Founder and President of Belemaoil, Jackrich Tein, said the firm has an offshore offloading terminal sailing into the country.It is expected to build some pipelines that would create additional opportunities for the people.
His words: “We have a proposal to President Muhammadu Buhari based on this move. We believe the President is a man that loves the Niger Delta and wants to see development and employment in the region.
“He will want to make sure that the operating communities are in harmony with the operators and with the Federal Government.“So, we are saying that the president being a strong ally of the region, when you bring forth a meaningful programme that would improve the quality of lives of the people, he will support it and when the proposal is approved, it would create additional 12,000 employment and 36,000 jobs for the people.” Tein assured that the employment of 12,000 people would commence immediately government approves the proposal to carry out the programme.
He said one of the company’s programmes was to ensure that host communities are given the technical opportunities to showcase their competence and provide services to create capacity development through trainings. He said: “We are making sure that we go into full hydrocarbon value operation chain, we are negotiating with ultra large critical vessel which we are bringing in to introduce refinery on it.
On the scholarship scheme, he said Belemaoil was determined to create value for the poor through scholarships to enable them become useful to their communities and the society at large.
He disclosed that the firm spends N100 million yearly for the scholarship scheme, adding that about N700 million was given out yesterday to the beneficiaries of the 2017 NNNPC/BelemaOil Joint Venture scholarship scheme in the secondary, undergraduate and post-graduate categories.
Speaking also, the Group General Manager of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Rowland Ewubare, said investment in education remained the best and productive.
Ewubare, who was represented by Mrs. Toluderin Adefunwa, said it was the first time an indigenous company would invest in the education of youths, stating that the move would guarantee a good future for the region and the country. He noted that NNPC contributes 60 per cent of the scholarship fund.Chairman of the occasion, Alabo Graham-Douglas, commended the firm for the move, stating that it would become a vanguard for the communities when consolidated.
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