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Dangote refinery set to empower youths



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Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals Company have flagged off a vocational training scheme that will instill skills in the young men and women from the Ibeju-Lekki area to make them profitable and useful in the outside world.

Group Executive Director, Capital Projects, Mr Devakumar Edwin said the initiative was a reiteration of the firm’s commitment towards capacity building and youth empowerment in the country.

The vocational skills, which was launched in collaboration with the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, was designed to cover plumbing, masonry, welding, iron bending, auto mechanics and electrical works.

 Edwin said the scheme was  aimed at adding value to the lives of the youths and their communities  as well as equip young men with trade skills that would prepare them for better opportunities.

At the event, attended by top Obas and community leaders, including Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu and the Baales in the host communities, the Dangote Group boss said the company will continue to invest in projects that would add value to the lives of the people in the communities hosting its facilities.

 According to him, the corporate social responsibility projects of the company are centered on the development and well-being of the people, especially our host communities.

 Also speaking, Oba Akiolu said the programme was unprecedented in that the company was yet to start operation but is empowering youths to make them employable. The monarch urged the youths to utilize the skills which they will acquire through the training programme.

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