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Kaduna Refinery flags off skills training for 100 unemployed youths

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To beat the rising youths unemployment in parts of the North, the Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) weekend began the training of 100 unemployed youths in various skills’ under its Youth Empowerment and Skills’ Acquisition Programme.

Coming as the eight in the stretch, the company said it was targeted at some of the unemployed youths from the company’s host communities.

Executive Director, KRPC Services, Alhaji Abdullahi Idris, said the more than 900 youths had benefited since the programme was introduced in 2008.

He said the programme is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility and is designed to support government’s efforts in poverty eradication, containing youth restiveness and tackling unemployment.

According to Idris, the training covered more than 16 trades that include Plaster of Paris (POP), welding and fabrication, plumbing, pipe-fitting, electrical installation, rewiring, carpentry, woodwork, and fashion design. It also includes poultry farming, auto-mechanic, auto- spray painting, handset repair, photography and visual imaging and panel beating, he said.

“I want to reassure you that the general review of the programme will soon commence and all areas including consultancy fees will be given serious attention in the next edition of the programme.

Besides, Manager, Public Affairs Division of the company, Aminu Daneji said the 100 youths would be empowered with skills so that they could become engaged in useful ventures.

Also, A. B, Makama, who spoke on behalf of the host communities, commended the company for the initiative, stressing that the youths were the backbone of any country.


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