Total Upstream in Nigeria made another milestone in its corporate social responsibility delivery to host communities as 500 youths of Akwa Ibom State were empowered under the 7th and 8th batches of the company’s skills acquisition programme.
The company’s corporate social performance is hinged on sustainable development, which emphasizes human capacity building, is aimed at strengthening the abilities and capacities of Nigerian youths to adapt and thrive in a fast changing society.
Giving a keynote address at the ceremony, which held at the Governor’s Office Annex, Uyo recently, the company’s General Manager, Sustainable Development and Public Affairs, Mr. Vincent Nnadi said, “we have maintained our commitment to building the human capacity of members of our host communities and beyond. The history of the economy of Nigeria as a nation makes it imperative for interventions like this skills acquisition scheme in order for our people to meet the challenges of surviving in modern society.”
He added that it gives corporate and individual satisfaction to touch lives, saying “being part of this occasion gives us sense of fulfillment in terms of implementing our partnership policy and vision to pursue sustainable development in our operational areas. Our pledge to support the Akwa Ibom State government in its development strides remains unchanged and we are making tremendous progress.”
In his opening remarks, the chairman of the occasion, Mr. Celestine Okpukpon told the youths that they are holding the key to the nation’s economic development, hence the need for them to be fully engaged in meaningful endeavour.
He commended Total for organizing the skills acquisition programme, and urged the trainees to put the knowledge acquired to good use.
Also speaking, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, Hon. John Harry commended Total for its consistency in maintaining the programme’s content and quality.
According to him, “we recognise all stakeholders as partners in our quest to raise the standard of living of our people. While companies such as Total E&P carry out their business within the state, there arises need for them to ensure that they impact positively on the immediate environment as part of their corporate social responsibility. It is programmes such as this that will endear the company to the communities, and by extension, provide the social licence required for its smooth operations.”
The six-month programme comprises catering/bakery services, computer operations, GSM repairs, interior decoration, photography, hairdressing, auto mechanic/panel beating, carpentry, electrical/electronic work, fashion designing, generator repairs, GMP aluminum work, plumbing/pipe fitting, raffia technology, outboard engine repairs and wielding/fabrication while the one-year slot includes electrical installation work, scaffolding/pipeline welding, machining, ICT, Deep Sea diving, crane operations and barge/boat building.