Dangote graduates 200 youths in Ibeju-Lekki
…… Council of Obas, leaders lauded Dangote’s intiative
By Abisola THOMPSON
About 200 youths from Ibeju-Lekki community in Lagos State have graduated from various skill acquisition programme organised by Dangote Petroleum Refinery as a way of transforming society and providing employment opportunities for the youths.
The programme organised by Dangote Petroleum Refinery and facilitated by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) recorded encomium as traditional rules and community leaders lauds Dangote intiative.
The skills acquisition programme, which cut across a wide range of vocational skills such as plumbing, masonry, welding, iron bending, auto mechanics and electrical works, marked the successful completion of the first batch trainees.
The programme is another level of Dangote Petroleum Refinery’s intervention as it is targeted at providing vocational skills to the teeming youth population in its host communities. promises job employment
Addressing the graduands, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has promised to employ the 200 youth of Ibeju-Lekki community who graduated from various skill acquisition in the Lekki Free Trade Zone.
Sanwo-Olu made the promise at a graduation ceremony of youths of the community trained by Dangote Refinery Group.
Sanwo-Olu represented by Dr Tunde Sodade, the Managing Director of Lekki Free Trade Zone Worldwide said the governor was passionate about employing the youths through skilled vocational training.
He lauded Dangote group for the initiative, while urging the newly graduated youth to be good ambassadors to the states and their community.
“We will ensure that all of you that graduated today, will be employed at the free zone because we believe that what you learnt will be useful for the development of the zone.
” I urge you all to be good examples to others and always demonstrate better character and integrity in what you do,” Sanwo-Olu said.
He urged the graduand to register their names with the Lekki Free Trade Zone management ,so they could be employed by all companies within the zone.
In his remarks, Dangote Group Executive Director, Strategy, Capital Projects and Portfolio Development, Mr Devakumar Edwin said the initiative was a demonstration of Dangote Refinery’s commitment toward capacity-building and youth empowerment in the country.
Edwin said the programme was another level of Dangote Petroleum Refinery’s intervention targeted at providing vocational skills to the teeming youth population in its host communities.
He said that the programme was also aimed at making youth from its host communities employable.
He urged the graduands to be more focused and deligent in whatever they do and serve as frontier to others.
“With the tools given to you today, you can be good ambassadors of this great community. So many graduates outside are still searching for jobs, but yours is different because you have been trained.
“We are good to give you our maximum support to ensure you are employed in our operations, as our host communities remains our priority.
“This skills given to you today, can take you to various places and attract better opportunity if managed effectively,” he said.
The State Coordinator of the Nigerian Directorate of Employees (NDE) , Mrs Serena Edward lauded Dangote group for pioneering the skill vocational training for the youths in the community.
Edward said that the programme which started six months ago, had today recorded tremendous success among the 200 graduands.
“We encountered some challenges in the course of the programme which the community elders intervened.
” The programme has transformed the students to do better and also improved their standards of creativity on the jobs leant.
” Today, the programme has facilitated the students to open an account with bank as a sign of seriousness towards business.
” Dangote has given the community youths a useful tools to work with and advised you use it deligently,” she said.
Oba Olumuyiwa Ogunbekun, the Oni-Lekki of Lekki encouraged the youth to fully utilise the skills they acquired.
He commended Dangote Refinery for its unwavering support to community development initiatives in the state and emphasised the need for the youth to work hard.
Ogunbekun also urged Dangote to assist in employing the trained youths in other to foster youth mutual relationship in the community and make them practice what the learnt
He also, commended Aliko Dangote for bringing development to the communities through its investment in refinery and petrochemicals and urged other Nigerians of means to invest locally and lift the economy of the people at the grassroot.
Mr Musa Ajibola, an instructor, urged companies to follow what Dangote had done, while urging companies to make the training one year programme than six months.
He said that the training had broadened the knowledge of the youths toward improving their knowledge.
One of the students, Balogun Fuad said that the programme was laudable, adding that it came at the right time.
According to him,most youths in the area do not have meaningful livelihood, while urging Dangote and others to employ them.
Another student, Balogun Owolabi said the programme had created opportunities for most of the youth adding that this could make them independent in the community.