Dangote Petroleum Refinery announced that it has launched a vocational training scheme that will inculcate necessary skills in the young men and women from Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos, Nigeria.
The vocational training scheme, which is part of an effort aimed at making the youth from its host communities employable, is a demonstration of Dangote Refinery’s commitment towards capacity building and youth empowerment in Nigeria.
Dangote Group Executive Director of Capital Projects, Devakumar Edwin said the scheme geared towards instant value addition to the lives of the youth and their communities, will equip them with trade skills that would prepare them for better opportunities.
The scheme was launched in collaboration with the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), were designed to cover plumbing, masonry, welding, iron bending, auto mechanics and electrical works.
The ceremony was attended by Kings and community leaders including the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu and all the community heads (Baales) in the host communities.
At the ceremony, Edwin said “at Dangote Industries Limited, our Corporate Social Responsibility projects are centred around the development and wellbeing of the people, especially our host communities. In Ibeju Lekki, we have executed several projects that are enhancing the lives of the people”.
The Manager, Projects Certification and Authorisation Division (PCAD), NCDMB, Frank Ibi, who represented the Executive Secretary, Simbi Wabote, commended Dangote Refinery on its achievement and underlined that Nigerian Content is geared to promote domiciliation of value-adding activities and utilization of Nigerian human and material resources.
The monarch, who commended Dangote Refinery for its unwavering support to community development initiatives in Lagos State, emphasized the need for the youth to work hard.
The Chairman of Lekki Local Council Development Area, Barrister Ogidan Olaitan, who was the chief host, said the inauguration of the skills acquisition programme was a fulfilment of Dangote’s promise to the host communities and a step in the right direction.