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56 artisans get start-up grants from Warri refinery


56 trainees who graduated from the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC) skills acquisition programme have been given starter packs and grants to set up their businesses.

Speaking during the seventh graduation ceremony in Warri, the managing director of the WRPC, Muhammad Abali, disclosed that the programme had trained 281 persons in seven various vocations ranging from auto mechanic,photography/videography catering and hotel management, welding & fabrication,hairdressing/barring, tailoring/fashion design and beauty arts technique, between two and nine months, since it started in 2005.

He said the programme was specifically designed to empower the participants with the necessary skills needed for self-development and entrepreneurship with the aim of improving the standard of living of people in WRPC’s host communities.

The WRPC managing director said the provision of start-up grants and starter packs, which were primary tools needed to fully commence the business was an added benefit to the trainees.He said: “The skills acquisition programme which was initiated by WRPC in 2005 has trained a total of 281 persons inclusive of this present set.

“In spite of the daunting challenges which has affected the regularity of the programme, WRPC is committed to continuously enhancing human capacity development and improvement of the standard of living of our host communities.”

While congratulating the graduates, he urged them to effectively utilize their starters packs and start-up grants and make use of the opportunity given them to put the various skills to work. He equally expressed gratitude to the Community Relations Committee (CRC) of the host communities for the support and zeal to ensure the sustainability and success of the programme.

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