NPDC tackles unemployment, youth unrest
The Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), a subsidiary of NNPC, on Wednesday donated 150 tricycles (Keke Napep) to 40 host communities in Delta State, as part of efforts to reduce youth restiveness and unemployment in the area. Managing Director of NPDC, Mr. Mansur Sambo, said during the presentation of the tricycles in Warri field office that the initiative was in partnership with Elcrest JV.
Mansur, who was represented by Acting Manager, Community Relations, Mr. Noble Imabibo, said the tricycles were donated to the people of (OML 40) to boost the economy of the host communities.
According to him, “The initiative is to ameliorate the untold hardship ravaging the people of the communities. It is also geared towards curbing youth restiveness and idleness in the society, as it is always known that an idle hand is the devil’s workshop.“l advise you to eschew all forms of violence, radicalism and other actions capable of creating societal unrest. NPDC is a friend to the communities where it operates; we are partners in progress. We shall continue to leverage on the peace and improve on our corporate social responsibility (CSR) to bring about development in our host communities.”
According to him, the tricycles would be shared equitably among the communities.In her remarks, the Manager, Community Relations and Security, Elcrest JV, Mrs. Frances Omanruaye, thanked the community leaders for maintaining peace in their various communities.
“We want to say thank you all because we have achieved the level of peace we needed to do our job. We are still drilling and producing; we crave for more cooperation and understanding from you. Your cooperation will enable us do more.”
Secretary of Tsekelewu comunity, Mr. Obogun Aziboro, commended NPDC/Elcrest JV for the gesture. He said the gesture would reduce youth restiveness, adding that it would also enhance the mutual relationship between NPDC/Elcrest JV and their host communities.
Secretary of Tebu community, Mr. Jeffrey Wilkie, said, “We are happy that these tricycles will empower our jobless youths. We appreciate your efforts at reducing poverty in our communities. If all corporate organisations in the state were doing things like this, the rate of unemployment would have reduced.”
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