Eighty-nine (89) youths, selected from the 110 host and pipeline communities
of Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) on Tuesday in Port Harcourt graduated from
the company’s skill acquisition and capacity building programme, Youth
Empowerment Scheme (YES).
YES is one of NLNG’s numerous initiatives designed to make youths in its
host and pipeline communities self-reliant as well as economically and socially
responsible through guided technical and managerial development training.
In her welcome address at the event, NLNG’s General Manager for External
Relations and Sustainable Development, Eyono Fatayi-Williams, remarked
that the Company’s host communities in Rivers State have benefitted from the
scheme through vocational modules in hair-dressing and cosmetology,
catering and events management, fashion and design, photography and video
production, welding and fabrication, wood work and furniture making and most
recently, farming techniques.
She added that it was NLNG’s way of giving back to its host and pipeline
communities that have supported the company in achieving great feats in its
30 years of incorporation and 20 years of production from its Bonny Plant.
The scheme programme includes mentoring of trainees by five of its training
providers – Plantgeria Nigeria Limited (Automotive), Topearl Catering and
Hospitality Management (Catering), JB Multimedia Limited (Video Production
and Photography), Lincoln Continental Limited (Advanced Welding) and
Farmers’ Business School (Farm Management).
On this she said: “The agreement between us and these training companies
set the stage and opened new vistas for our aspiring youths. Since then, most
of them have graduated with National certifications- NABTEB and Trade Test
11 respectively. Today, we are here to celebrate the graduation of 17 youths
in welding, 24 in Catering and Hotel Management, another 17 in Automotive
Training, 16 in Farm Management and 15 in Video and Photography.
“It is heart-warming to state that these trainees graduated with excellent
To help them get started immediately, we have provided them with a starter
pack and mentorship from their trainers for three months period post set-up.
This is to support them in overcoming any teething problems as they start and
also to help them get grounded to succeed in business,” she added.
NLNG is owned by four Shareholders, namely, the Federal Government of
Nigeria, represented by NNPC (49%), Shell Gas B.V. (25.6%), Total Gaz
Electricite Holdings France (15%), and Eni International N.A. N. V. S.àr. l