The authorities of Port
Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) has given N30m to its host communities as micro-credit scheme to empower them.
The Managing Director of the Company, Dr Bafred Enjugu, told newsmen last week at Alesa-Eleme in Eleme local government area of Rivers State that the indigenes of Eleme and Okrika were the beneficiaries of the scheme.
According to him, the beneficiaries were mainly petty traders, market women, poultry farmers and fishermen.
Enjugu promised that the company would sustain the initiative to empower the rural dwellers and give them a sense of belonging.
He further disclosed that the company recently trained about 60 indigenes of the host communities in various vocations and skills acquisition.
The managing director remarked that the company maintains good relationship with its host communities and was working towards strengthening the relationship more.
“We realised that youth restiveness was something that needs to be taken care of and that was why we trained the youths”, he said, adding that a new batch of trainees from the communities would commence a similar one year training soon.
According to him, the company took a cue from the Kaduna refining company which ran similar training for youths in its host communities.