Dangote Cement empowers 245 Ogun youths
Dangote Cement PLC has trained a total of 245 youths from its Ibese plant’s host communities in different skills since the commencement of its operations in the area.
Ibese Plant Director, Azad Nawabuddin, while distributing starter packs to 30 trainees at the end of a three-month intensive training in partnership with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), said the programme was in furtherance of the company’s Community Youth Empowerment designed to improve the economy of the local communities.
Nawabuddi said the successful completion of the training marked another milestone in the journey of community empowerment. He said the objective of the programme was to contribute towards the improvement of the local communities through sustainable value addition.
He said: “The 30 beneficiaries have joined the league of self-employed people in our locality. The carefully-selected male and female entrepreneurs have undergone intensive training in tailoring and fashion designing for three months under the tutelage of the ITF.”
He said the empowerment was a demonstration of the commitment of Dangote Cement towards improving the social-economic conditions of the host communities.
Commissioner, Community Development and Cooperatives, Ogun State, Hon. Hamzat Ganiyu lauded Dangote Cement for its numerous programmes, which have helped the state government’s policy on economic empowerment for the youths in the state.
He urged the beneficiaries to use the opportunities given them to establish their home financially. Hon. Ganiyu called on other business organisations in Ogun state to emulate Dangote Cement and help reduce youth unemployment and poverty at the local community level through worthwhile social investments.
He also said that the state government would continue to provide conducive environment for businesses to thrive as the private sector is important in the economic emancipation of the people.