The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akinolu, has commended Dangote Group on its youths empowerment programme within the host communities which commenced six-month vocational training for youths of Ibeju-Lekki on human capital development in various marketable skilled.
Akiolu said this at the official flag-off of the capacity building programme for 200 youths in Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos State on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
He said that Dangote Group was one of the few indigenous companies that had impacted their host communities even before commencement of operations.
According to him, he prayed for the successful completion of Dangote Refineries so that Lagosians as a whole can be beneficiaries.
Akinolu urged the youths to put in their best in the programme by concentrating on what they were learning.
“You have to be very hard-working because Dangote is giving you forever and everlasting skills.
“This is an ever lasting legacy which has not been done anywhere, the people will be benefit tremendously.”
He also urged the leaders of the communities to encourage the people to support Dangote’s programme.
Dangote Industries Ltd., commenced six-month vocational training for youths of Ibeju-Lekki on human capital development in various marketable skills.
The Group Executive Director, Dangote Industries Ltd., Mr Devakumar Edwin said that the project was designed to equip young men and women with trade skills.
The programme was organised by Dangote Petroleum Refinery & Petrochemicals and facilitated by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
According to Edwin, the company’s focus on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects are centered on the development and wellbeing of the people, especially its host communities.
Edwin said, “We have executed several projects that are enhancing the lives of the people. We have also provided boreholes for all the communities, classrooms for the local school, and we just awarded scholarships to 51 secondary school students.
“This programme is another level of our intervention as it is targeted at providing vocational skills to the teeming youth population in our host communities.
“The youths are veritable assets in any society and the quality of the youths determines the outlook of tomorrow’s society. Therefore, an investment in developing vocational skills among youths will yield the desired results.
“The training, to be conducted by the National Directorate of Employment, is meant to prepare the youth with vocational skills that will eventually make them employable or self-employed.
“We have deliberately targeted vocational skills such as plumbing, masonry, welding, iron bending, auto mechanics and electrical works because of the instant value addition to their lives and communities.
“Our aim in training these 200 youths is in line with Chinese maxim, “give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”
The Dangote helmsman said that the 650,000 barrels-per-day refinery would become the world’s largest single train refinery on completion.
Edwin said that the trainees will be given allowance during the course of their within six-month, while those who excel would be employed.
The Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Mr Simbi Wabote who was represented by Mr Frank lbi, Manager, Gas and Refinery, NCDMB, commended Dangote for the landmark initiative towards empowering youths of their host community.
Wabote assured that the board would also support in the human capital development, affirming that the board would ensure that the youth would be engaged after completion of their training.
He urged the trainees to be more dedicated, focused and committed to the programme.
“We are confident that you will do well and be employable with the involvement of the NDE. We commend Dangote for the gigantic project in the community; this is a litmus test for bringing local content development to the youth of this community.
One of the trainee, Mr Yesiru Sanni, a mechanic commended Dangote for the opportunity given to the younger generation in Ibeju-Lekki community, urging Dangote to assist the community with library and school to encourage the youths.
The flag-off ceremony witnessed by dignitaries among were representative of the Lagos State Government, Council of Obas, Representative of Vice-Chancellor of University Lagos, the Chairman of Lekki LCDA, Mr Olaitan Ogidan among others.