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Shell Empowers 35 Youths In Oil Producing Communities


shellThe Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) said it has trained at least 35 youths from oil producing communities in Niger Delta on the production of work wear also known as coverall.

SPDC’s General Manager (Nigerian Content) Igo Weli stated this at Igwuruta in Ikwere Local Government Area of Rivers State, where a ceremony was held in recognition of the best graduating student on the work wear production programme.

Weli explained that it was the first time the company adopted the process of using local people to manufacture and supply the kind of quality coverall retardant the firm required for its operations.

He said, the gesture has yielded huge human capital development, adding that such, makes the Nigerian Local Content Bill very interesting. The General Manager also noted that the move would increase employment opportunity in the area, as well as attract more investors.

“This is the first time we are following this process of involving the community people in manufacturing and supplying the kind of quality coverall retardant we need in the industry.

It is a clear example of how cooperate organisation and communities can work together in a sustainable manner for better development.” He however urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity.

Similarly, the Chairman of Kay Global Limited, Mr. Alabaja Kayode, who supervised the training, said the gesture would go along way in reducing unemployment rate in the country and urged government to put in place polices that can boost Nigerian made products.

“We need patronage for Nigerian made products, there is need for the implementation of policies that can compel Nigerians to buy locally made goods. If that is done, it will create job opportunities in the country, reduce unemployment and as well, contribute to the economy,” he added.

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