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By Desmond Ejibas

No fewer than 89 youths took part in special training organised by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) company, an official said.

The company’s Manager of Communications and Public Affairs, Mrs Sophia Horsfall disclosed this in a statement in Port Harcourt on Thursday.

The statement quoted NLNG’s General Manager for External Relations and Sustainable Development, Mrs Eyono Fatayi-Williams, as saying that the trainees were selected from the company’s 110 host and pipeline communities in Rivers.

“The youths were trained under NLNG’s skill acquisition and capacity building programme known as Youth Empowerment Scheme (YES).

“The trainees had vocational modules in hair-dressing and cosmetology, catering and events management, fashion and design and photography and video production.

“Others are welding and fabrication, wood work and furniture making and most recently, farming techniques,” she said.

Fatayi-Williams said that YES initiative was designed for youths in its host and pipeline communities to enable them become economically and socially self-reliant.

According to her, the company is giving back to the communities having recently celebrated its 30 years of incorporation and 20 years of production from its Bonny plant.

“Also, this programme includes mentoring of trainees by five of NLNG’s training providers, including, Plantgeria Nigeria Limited and Topearl Catering and Hospitality.

“Other providers are Management and JB Multimedia Limited, Lincoln Continental Limited and Farmers’ Business School.

“Today, we are celebrating the graduation of 17 welders, 24 caterers and hotel managers, 17 automotive trainees, 16 in farm management as well as 15 in video and photography,” she said.

The NLNG spokeswoman said the company provided the trainees with starter packs as well as three months mentorship to enable them succeed in their businesses. (NAN)

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