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NNPCL and Shell Nigeria Sponsor Vocational Training for Internally Displaced Persons in Borno

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NNPCL and Shell Nigeria Sponsor Vocational Training for Internally Displaced Persons in Borno
NNPCL and Shell Nigeria, in collaboration with SNEPCo, are sponsoring vocational training for over 2,150 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State, Nigeria, who have been affected by the Boko Haram insurgency. The aim is to equip the vulnerable IDPs, particularly women and youth, with practical skills to start their own businesses and rebuild their lives. The training will cover various areas such as catering, animal husbandry, tailoring, and laundry. Additionally, more than 100 disabled individuals will be part of this empowerment initiative, with plans to encourage their involvement in cooperative societies.

Maiduguri, Nigeria - Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) in partnership with Shell Nigeria and Exploration and Production Company of Nigeria Limited (SNEPCo) have sponsored over 2,150 Internally Displaced Persons in Borno who are victims of Boko Haram activities in Mafa and Jere Local Government Areas to acquire various vocational training in the state.

The SNEPCo Managing Director, Elohor Aiboni, on Wednesday in Maiduguri, stated that the training is aimed to provide vocational training to vulnerable persons, especially women and youth, to start-up businesses and help them rebuild their lives impacted by the insurgency in north-east Nigeria.

He noted that more than 100 persons living with disabilities will benefit from the empowerment initiative tagged as "Borno Livelihood Program," and they will also be encouraged to set up cooperative societies.

According to him, the training will be delivered in close collaboration with the State Emergency Management Agency, Ministry of Women Affairs, Jere and Mafa local governments councils, and community leaders, in which the beneficiaries will receive vocational skills such as catering, animal husbandry, tailoring, and laundry.

"In line with our ambition to power progress by powering Lives, we shall be supporting those who have been impacted by these security incidents to set up viable businesses; equipping them with the essential tools and resources they need to become self-reliant and successful entrepreneurs.

To ensure sustainability, the project managers will assist beneficiaries to register with various skill/trade associations in the communities while also providing mentoring and coaching to achieve continuous capacity building," Elohor Aiboni explained.

He further highlighted that last year, SNEPCo had powered lives by constructing and renovating two primary healthcare centers for internally displaced persons in Borno and Yobe states. They provided Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) facilities, medical infrastructure, and training for 252 healthcare workers.

"HRMDS, the project managers, are dedicated to creating a lasting positive impact in the lives of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and vulnerable people in the host communities, thereby actively contributing to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria," said Aiboni.

This empowering initiative reflects a commitment to support those affected by the Boko Haram insurgency and help them regain their independence. By providing vocational training and necessary resources, the NNPCL, Shell Nigeria, and SNEPCo aim to rebuild lives and foster sustainable development in the region.

The Borno Livelihood Program will not only equip the IDPs with practical skills but also encourages them to establish cooperative societies, enabling them to work together and enhance their chances of success. Through mentorship, coaching, and linking with trade associations, the beneficiaries will be equipped for long-term self-reliance and entrepreneurship.

The partnership between the NNPCL, Shell Nigeria, and SNEPCo illustrates how public and private entities are collaborating to bring about positive change in conflict-affected areas, emphasizing the importance of empowerment and enabling people to rebuild their lives after enduring hardship and displacement.

Thanks to initiatives like the "Borno Livelihood Program," affected individuals can look forward to a brighter future where they can not only provide for themselves and their families but also contribute to the economic growth and resilience of their communities.

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