By Anayo Korie
Ag Energy Editor
Over 100 women and youths in Anambra State were recently presented with “starter packs/kits” to enable them start income yielding businesses, after an intensive 11 days skill acquisition training programme sponsored by Star Ultra Deep Petroleum Limited, a Chevron Company, in collaboration with its partners in the OML 140 block.
The partners are the Nigeria Natural Gas Limited (NNG), Sasol Exploration & Production Nigeria Limited (SASOL) and Nigerian National Oil Corporation (NNPC).
The event held at the Women Development Centre, Awka, to close the women empowerment workshop after a rigorous two weeks training organized by the Ultra Deep Petroleum in partnership with the Development Support Institute (DSI) and Anambra State government.
The beneficiaries were trained on various skills, including confectionary, soap making, cosmetics, leather works, hair dressing, jewelries etc, and later provided with working equipment of various types.
Speaking at the occasion Jeffery Ewing, Director, Deepwater & PSCs, Chevron Nigeria Limited, commended the Anambra State Government and DSI for collaborating with the company to launch and implement the empowerment programme. This, he assured, will enable participants engage in income generating activities.
According to him, “partnership is one of the core values in Chevron companies, and we are happy to partner with the First Lady, the state government and DSI in the execution of this skills acquisition program, which is in line with our tradition of care.”
The empowerment initiative, he continued, was another indication of the company’s commitment to building human capacity towards sustainable economic development and poverty reduction.
Ewing, who was represented by Chevron’s Government Relations Advisor, Eastern Operations, Ngo Kio, recalled that the company donated fully equipped chest clinic, tuberculosis and leprosy (TBL) referral centre to the Anambra State Government, besides giving scholarship to 66 indigent students who are presently studying medicine, surgery, dentistry, pharmacy and engineering courses in various tertiary institution in Nigeria.
Speaking in the same vain, Group General Manager of NAPIMS, NNPC, said: “the programme we are implementing in Anambra State through a partnership arrangement is a very good way of working because government cannot sponsor all the needed capacity building programs in the country. I applaud this partnership and encourage even more of such collaborations in the future.”