LAGOS – Another 120 youth entrepreneurs from seven states of the Niger Delta Shell Shell Business Development Company (SPDC) Joint Venture to start small-scale businesses that would transform their lives.
The recipients of their certificates at the Regional LiveWIRE graduation ceremony in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
Speaking at the event, SPDC's General Manager External Relations, Mr. Igo Weli, described the company's flagship youth enterprise development program, Shell Nigeria LiveWIRE, has a potent initiative that has been produced over 7,000 Niger Delta entrepreneurs since inception in 2003 with most of them now employers of labor.
He said: "Some of the beneficiaries have been given the opportunity to participate in SPDC's supply chain and have been linked to growth capital of other agencies."
In her remarks, the Director of Secondary Education, Rivers State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Sokari Davies, SPDC and its joint venture partners for the sponsorship of the Shell Nigeria LiveWIRE program.
She said: "It's a question of the challenges in the operating environment, SPDC is deemed to be necessary to empower and develop the youths. Other multinational oil companies should copy SPDC and channel resources towards the development of youths. That way, restiveness will greatly reduce. Will continue to partner with SPDC because of this.
"It is indeed a remarkable day for the young entrepreneurs that will contribute to the economic development of our communities."
A previous LiveWIRE beneficiary and now Managing Director of De-Rabacon Plastics, Yolo Bakumor Smith, told the Regional LiveWIRE graduates how he also won the Maiden Shell Outstanding Achievement Award in the 2018 LiveWIRE Shell Top Ten Innovators Global Awards.
Yolo said: '' I owe my gratitude to Shell because no other multinational operating in our region has given back the way and manner that they have. I am my own boss now and I have been privileged to attend a lot of people courtesy of Shell. '
The Shell LiveWIRE Nigeria program, apart from the global Shell LiveWIRE social investment program, enables young people to start their own business and create employment. In 16 years of operation in Nigeria, the LiveWIRE Shell has received local and international recognitions. For example, in 2011, the program received the African Leadership Magazine award for Youth Development, the Social Enterprise and Reports Award (SERA) 2010 ''.