Lafarge Africa Skills Aquisition Scheme, at the weekend, produced 52 graduates in its first phase.
LEADERSHIP reports that the one and four months training, respectively, were held in partnership with Notragolo Nigeria Limited, Technology Incubation Centre and South –South Entrepreneurship Development Centre (SS-EDC).
The beneficiaries, who were presented with starter packs in a brief graduation ceremony held at Professor Eyo Ita’s House, Calabar, under went rigorous training in various vocations such as; paint production, soap making, food/confectionaries, welding/fabrication, air conditioner/fridge repair, tailoring/designing, fish farming, aluminum fabrication, tiling among others.
The empowerment programme drew participants, especially youths across the ten neighbouring communities of Mfamosing; where Lafarge cement plant is situated. These include; Akansoko, Akwa Ikot Effanga, Abiati, Mbobui, Ekong Anaku, Diamond, Essien Town, Obutong and Kasuk, all in Cross River State.
In her address at the occasion, Lafarge communication and public affairs director, Mrs. Folashade Ambrose, said the programme was in furtherance of the company’s efforts at contributing to skills development, capacity building and overall economic empowerment of neighbouring communities.
According to her, “Lafarge Africa’s involvement in this programme is in furtherance of our efforts at contributing to the growth of the local economy within the communities in Cross River State and the nation at large.
“We are glad to support their livelihood while contributing to the growth of the local economy within the communities in Cross River State and the nation at large.”
Also speaking at the event, Cross River State commissioner of Solid Minerals, Hon. George Oben-Etchi, described the gesture as a step in the right direction.
He said the initiative will go a long way to enhance the company’s relationship with host communities and prevent possible rancor.
Highlight of the occasion, which attracted Mr. Thierry Terriere, Lafarge Mfamosing line 2 manager, were certificate/equipment presentations and goodwill messages by some beneficiaries.
Source: <Nigeria Today>