Dorman Long Engineering Limited in collaboration with Shell Petroleum Development Company has trained 40 youths for the Assa North-Ohaji South Gas Project in Imo state.
The trainees (youths), who were given start-up packs, were made up of eight professionals and 32 people in the vocational sector.
They were trained in the areas of electrical engineering, welding and fitting, scaffolding and rigging, project management, electrical installation, civil engineering, quantity surveying Information and Communication Technology/telecom and carpentry.
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In his speech at the graduation ceremony in Owerri on Wednesday, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Dorman Long Engineering, Mr. Laurent Maubre, stated that the training of the youths was to support the growth in Nigeria’s domestic gas based on the Federal Government’s programmes for additional power to support industrial projects.
Maubre, who was represented by the company’s Head of Human Resources, Godwin Ogala, said that Dorman Long was committed to sustainable development of host communities wherever projects were located, noting that main goal was that at graduation, the youths of their host community would have appreciably improved.
He said that the training programme, which involved both competence-building and on- the- job training, spanned a period of one year (August 7, 2021- to August 8, 2022), stressing that it was conducted at Mudiame Welding Institute Irrura, Edo State.
He said that apart human competency and capacity-building in the community, the graduates could be self-employed or be ready for employment.
“This training will enhance competency and capacity-building in the community, and the trainees at the end of their training can opt to be self-employed or be ready for employment. Whatever direction you take, I guarantee that your world will change as you graduate today,” Maubre said.
In his speech, the General Manager the Shell Petroleum Development Company Ltd, Mr. Igo Weli, said that training by Shell and other joint partners was part of their contribution to building the capacity of the people of the host communities of Ohaji/Egbema LGA of the state.
Weli, who was represented by Cooperate Relations Manager (Project and Opportunities), Mr. Nuka Hope, recalled the thoroughness in the process of selecting the 40 youths which, he said, spanned from Assa to Ocha, Awara, Obile, Avu, Obosima, Obuomadike, Umunwaku, Ohoba, Obitti and Umuapu.
He said, “ Assa North-Ohaji South Gas project is the most advanced of the seven critical gas projects by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“The project will develop a total of 3.4Tscf gas and 197 MMstb of condensate (50% of split of resources to each joint venture)with SPDC as the operator of the upstream scope,” he added.