10 June 2013, Lagos – Total Nigeria Plc has empowered graduating youths of its Skills Acquisition Programme (SAP) by presenting starter packs to ten beneficiaries in Kaduna State from the Makera and Kakuri Districts.
The company’s Skills Acquisition Program (SAP) is a sustainable youth development scheme where under-privileged youths in the company’s host communities are trained in their choice vocations like welding and fabrication, furniture -making, fashion and designing, computer studies, fish and crop farming, among others.
This scheme is aimed at empowering the youths in the company’s host communities. Since its inception in 2008, the number of youths that have benefited from this programme is 60.
Young and disadvantaged persons from Koko in Delta State, as well as Makera and Kakuri in Kaduna state are screened and selected for training placements in certified training centres. Necessary training materials and allowance are provided to the beneficiaries all through the duration of their training.
Close monitoring from the community leaders and Total Nigeria Plc ensures that the beneficiaries remain committed to successfully completing their training and maximize benefits derived from it.
At the end of their one year training, the company empowers the youths by providing them with starter packs (these are all work tools recommended by their trainers) and two years post paid rented shops.
The starter pack presentation ceremony had in attendance, Corporate Affairs Manager, Mr. Albert Mabuyaku who was representing the Managing Director Mr. Alexis Vovk, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Mrs. Funmilayo Gombe, Kaduna Plant Manager, Mr. Ramoni Olalekan, District Head Makera, Alhaji Ibrahim Yusuf Ibrahim, District Head Kakuri, Alhaji Shehu Tijani, district scribes, the trainers, and the graduants with their family members and friends.
Vovk, in his address read by Mabuyaku, reminded the audience of Total Nigeria Plc’s continued efforts to work with both Kakuri and Makera Districts in a shared ambition for sustainable development.
He also implored the graduates to continue believing in their capabilities and strengths to become achievers in their different vocations whilst working hard to becoming the pride of their communities.
– Ejiofor Alike, This Day