Multinational oil companies operating in Rivers State have been urged to initiate developmental projects and programmes that would impact youths in their catchment areas.
Delivering a goodwill message at the commissioning of Elele Youth Development Centre, Elele-Okinali, Rivers State recently, the Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Hon. Charles Okaye, said in recognition of the role of the youths as leaders of tomorrow, it was imperative that those who want continuity of developmental strides and human development must in addition to laying good foundation, ensure that there is a good lease of life for youths who will take over the mantle of leadership.
Okaye, who was represented by the Director of Community Affairs, Edward Teneitabe said such projects, if maximally utilized, would reduce social vices such as kidnapping, prostitution, armed robbery, cultism among others.
Commending Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (TEPNG) for executing such laudable project, he enjoined other multinationals in the state to emulate their good example.
In his keynote address, the Deputy Managing Director, TEPNG, Port Harcourt District, Mr. Nicholas Brunet, enjoined the entire community to avail themselves of the opportunity presented by the centre and reposition themselves through well planned socio-economic agenda anchored on human capital development.
This, according to Brunet, should be in the areas of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills and competence development as these are the gateway to the new world order.
Executed by TEPNG, Operator of the NNPC/TEPNG, joint venture, and to be run and maintained by as a non-profit business by the Rotimi-Amaechi Centre for Empowerment, (RACE), the centre hosts the American Academy of Pediatrics, helping babies breathe while the programme would be run by physicians for peace and the British Council/Microsoft Teaching Computer Training Programme.