Dangote Cement Empowers 245 Youths In 16 Host Communities

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    L-R; Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Ogun state Area Manager / Deputy Director, Funmi Coker, Dangote Cement PLC Ibese Plant Director, Azad Nawabuddin, Ogun state Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperatives, Ganiyu Hamzat, Dangote Cement PLC Ibese Plant, General Manager, Human Assets Manager/ Admin, Abu Sufyan, at the Closing Ceremony of Dangote Cement Plc Ibese Plant, Host Communities Youths Skill Acquisition and Empowerment Program, held in Ibese Cement Plant Ogun state at the weekend.

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    No fewer than 245 youths from Dangote Cement Ibese Plant’s 16 host communities have been trained and empowered till date in different skills since the commencement of operations in Ibese with significant impact on the local economy.

    This disclosure by the Plant’s Director, Azad Nawabuddin came just as the Ogun State government commended the organization for the economic value it has been adding to the people and government of the state.

    Speaking in Ibese during the distribution of starter packs for 30 trainees at the end of a three-month intensive tailoring and fashion designing training for youths from its host communities in partnership with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), the Ibese plant Director said the gesture was in furtherance of the company’s Community Youth Empowerment programme designed to improve the economy of the local communities by making the able youths self-employed.

    According to Nawabuddin, the successful completion of the training programme marked another milestone in the journey of community investment by Dangote Cement Plc. with the cardinal objective of contributing towards long term improvement of the local communities by delivering and sustaining value to them.

    The plant director explained that the Dangote Cement, Ibese has carefully designed its youth empowerment scheme, knowing fully that government and the private sector alone cannot meet fully the employment expectations of the youths, especially in a densely populated and youth dominated country like Nigeria.

    The Dangote Cement boss recalled that so far 245 youths from the Ibese Plant’s host communities have been trained and empowered in different skills since the commencement of operations in Ibese with significant impact on the local economy.

    While presenting certificates to some of the trainees, Ogun State Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperatives, Mr. Hamzat Ganiyu lauded Dangote Cement for its numerous programmes which have helped the state government’s policy on economic empowerment for the youths in the state.

    He said the ball was now in the courts of the beneficiaries to turn the opportunities given them by Dangote Cement to be so trained and given machines to start off the business at once saying the company has done all that is necessary to give the trainees and their immediate families a means of livelihood.

    In her speech, head of ITF, Abeokuta Area Office, Mrs. Funmi Coker congratulated the beneficiaries, saying they are lucky to be part of it as they now have a visible means of livelihood for themselves and their relations.

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