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SHELL, OTHERS GIVE 120 NIGER DELTA ENTREPRENEURS N48M
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Punch - Shell Petroleum Development Company and its joint venture partners said on Wednesday that it had given 120 youth entrepreneurs from seven states of the Niger Delta a grant of N48m as well as the Shell Nigeria LiveWIRE business training.
It said in a statement that the initiative was aimed at helping them to begin small-scale businesses in their respective states in the expectation that they would become models for alternative livelihoods as part of the programme to deter involvement of youths in vices.
The 120 beneficiaries received their certificates at a Regional LiveWIRE graduation held in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, according to the statement.
The General Manager, External Relations, SPDC, Mr Igo Weli, described the company's flagship youth enterprise development programme, Shell Nigeria LiveWIRE, as a potent initiative that had produced over 7,000 Niger Delta entrepreneurs since inception in 2003 with most of them now employers of labour.
He said, "Some of the beneficiaries have also been given the opportunity to participate in SPDC's supply chain as vendors and have been linked to growth capital from other agencies."
Speaking at the graduation, the Director of Secondary Education, Rivers State Ministry of Education, Mrs Sokari Davies, was said to have commended the SPDC and its JV partners for the consistent sponsorship of the Shell Nigeria LiveWIRE programme.
Davies said, "Irrespective of the challenges in the operating environment, the SPDC still deemed it necessary to empower and develop the youths. Other multinational oil companies should copy the SPDC and channel resources towards the development of the youths. That way, restiveness will greatly reduce. Government will continue to partner with the SPDC because of this.
"It is indeed a remarkable day for the 120 beneficiaries and we are pleased to see this group of young entrepreneurs' start-up businesses that will contribute to the economic development of our communities."
According to the statement, the Shell LiveWIRE Nigeria programme, a part of the global Shell LiveWIRE social investment programme, enables young people to start their own business and create employment.
It said, "The regional LiveWIRE programme operates in the Niger Delta region and aims to inspire, encourage and support young people aged 18-30 to start up their own businesses in the Nigerian states of Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Abia, Imo, Cross River and Akwa Ibom."
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