Total Nigeria Plc has affirmed its commitment to alleviate poverty in its host communities and also fulfil its corporate social responsibilities to the communities.
To this end, the oil firm will train 20 youths from Kaduna and Delta states in vocational skills acquisition.
Interviews were conducted for about 47 candidates from the two states in October to choose those eligible under the scheme.
After the interviews, 10 candidates from each state were deemed eligible for the programme.
According to Total, the programme eligibility criteria include that the candidates must be youths and indigenes of the host communities. They must be less privileged and show enthusiasm to understudy a vocation of their choice and possess abilities to communicate effectively.
In Kaduna State, the interview panel consists of representatives of Total Nigeria Plc: Corporate Affairs Manager, Mr. Albert Mabuyaku, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Mrs. Chinwe Ifechigha, Kaduna Plant Manger, Mr. Daniel Chukwu and Production Planning Engineer Mrs. Hope Nnaji. The community representatives include the District scribe of Makera, Alhaji Yusuf and District Scribe of Kakuri, Alhaji Yero who stood as guarantors for the candidates.
In Koko Delta State, the community representatives were members of the Koko Community Management Authority (KCMA), Mr. Solomon Mikie, Mrs. Rose Kpenosen, Mr. Emmanuel Oti, Mr. Samson Edun.
Some of the successful candidates selected for the programme include: Ruth Aduwenye, Ololo Oritsegbegbemi, Beatrice Bemigho, Bojor Bemigho and Joseph Bathuel.
Others are; Ogunwo Endurance, Henrietta Ede, Glory Nesiama, Nanna Appearance and Azuka Enebeli.
The selected youths are to train for various vocations of their choice such as tailoring, welding and fabrication, hair dressing, carpentry and so on in the Total Nigeria Plc’s Skills Acquisition Programme.