Skills Acquisition Program Beneficiaries Receive Starter Packs In Koko

Total Nigeria Plc on October 19, 2016, presented starter packs to 5 graduating youths of its 2015 Skills Acquisition Program (SAP) in Koko, Delta state.
The Skills Acquisition Program is a sustainable youth development program designed to empower less privileged youths of the affiliate’s host communities. The youths are trained in vocations of their choice which include welding and fabrication, fish and crop farming, fashion designing, computer studies, furniture making and hair dressing. This program has since its inception in 2006, graduated 45 youths in Delta state.
The youths are screened and selected for training placements in certified training centers. Training materials and allowances are provided for the beneficiaries and their trainers to ensure they are well equipped with the necessary learning tools. Close monitoring by the Stakeholders Consultative Committee, which comprises of the community leaders, representatives and Total Nigeria Plc, ensure beneficiaries remain committed to successfully completing their training.
Total also pays in advance, two years shop rent to further assist the beneficiaries. It is expected that these young entrepreneurs will positively impact their communities economically and socially by creating employment and imparting skills to improve the lot of other youths.
On behalf of the Managing Director, Jean-Philippe Torres, the Corporate Affairs Manager, Albert Mabuyaku, presented to the 5 graduating youths starter packs needed for establishing successful businesses in their various vocations. Starter packs are work tools required to set up small scale businesses for the beneficiaries upon their completion of one year training.
Also at the event, Mr. Albert Mabuyaku reiterated Total Nigeria Plc’s continued efforts to achieve its shared ambition of sustainable development for its communities. He implored the youths to continue believing in their abilities and strength to become achievers in their different vocations whilst working hard towards becoming the pride of their communities. He continued by saying “despite the current tough economic situation, we had to go the extra mile to ensure that these starter packs are procured as we cannot compromise the development of our communities and that of our youths. We therefore implore you to make the most of these equipments since all you require to run your small and medium scale business has been provided including two years prepaid shop rent”.
Present at the event were Mrs. Chinwe Ifechigha, Total Nigeria plc’s Corporate Social responsibility Manager, the members of the Koko Community Management Authority, Elders Council represented by Pa J. E. Everret, the Chairman Warri North Local Government Area represented by the Supervisor for Environment Mr. Jolomi Esete-Giwa, family members of the beneficiaries, their trainers and media representatives. Also present at the event were past SAP graduands and Mr. Patrick Akade, Total Nigeria Plc’s Retail Sales Manager (Benin) representing the company’s Territorial Sales Manager East, Mr. B.O. Omojola.
The Koko Community in a show of support to the program independently sponsored a graduating SAP beneficiary who trained in fashion designing; this brought the total number of graduating youths from 5 to 6 for 2015 edition of the program.

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