An international Oil Firm in Nigeria, Total E and P Limited, has reinstated its commitment towards embarking on the socio-economic development of her host communities and the United Nations Sustainable Development goal.
The Deputy Managing Director of the French oil company, Mr Francois Le-cocq, who gave the assurance during the graduation ceremony of the 13th Batch trainees under the NNPC/TEPNG joint venture Skills Acquisition training program in Port Harcourt last week, said the programme was aimed at preparing the youth and women to enable them commence their respective businesses on a sound footing.
Le-cocq further assured the graduands that Total E and P Limited will further organise an enterprise development workshop for them where they would be taught the rudiments of starting and sustaining viable enterprises.
The Deputy Managing Director further reassured the graduands that Total would show commitment in growing their skills and businesses that the Business Development and Enterprises Department in the oil firm is willing and able to offer them access to low interest finance in partnership with micro-finance institutions and also to provide linkages to market their products and services.
According to him,’’ We expect that with this array of support and enablement the graduands would exhibit the zeal for continuous learning and improvement in taking their businesses to the next level.
“I commend all the Resource persons who have contributed in bringing about this successful outcome and appreciate the presence of the state government, NAPIMS and the community leaders for attending the ceremony. Your continuous support has been very invaluable in enabling TOTAL E AND P Limited fulfil her commitments in this and other MoU related programnes’’, he said.
He noted that the Skills Acquisition programme is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) embarked by the French oil firm, explaining that the program is a human development initiative designed to impact practical training in several trades, with the objective of producing self employed entrepreneurs within the local economy.
About 500 youths and women graduated from the 13th Batch Trainees program drawn from various communities that host the company. The communities include Andoni, Rumuekpe, Egi, Ekpeye, Opobo/Nkoro, Idu Obosiukwu, Amah, Mgbuesilaru and Olo.
Earlier, the representative of the state government, Mrs Ruhuoma Chinedu Kejeh commended the oil firm for the program stating that the Rivers State Government is ready to partner with Total E and P Limited for the development of youths in the state.
Kejeh, who is the Director Youth Affairs in the Ministry of Youth and Development noted that the state government, through the Ministry of Youth and Development has concluded plans to launch a program that will change the attitude of the youths for improvement and development.
Some of the graduands who spoke with The Tide after receiving their Starter Packs, commended the oil giant for the training and stated that they have hope and reason to contribute toward the development of the state and country.