Fidelity bank card banner Camano banner
Shell JV funds businesses of young Ogoni entrepreneurs

By News Express on 17/10/2016

Views: 1,872

The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Joint Venture, in consolidation of its employment generation initiatives in Ogoniland, has trained another 60 youths in entrepreneurship skills, business planning, management and pitching. Fifty of the trainees who succeeded in the final assessment received start-up funds for their business ideas under the LiveWIRE Nigeria programme. The youths were from the four Ogoni local governments of Gokana, Tai, Eleme and Khana, in Rivers State.

At the graduation ceremony held in Port Harcourt last week, six beneficiaries of a similar programme in 2015 received ‘The Young Business Leaders’ award for being outstanding in their businesses. 

“We’re pleased that the LiveWIRE programme has continued to make positive impact not only on the lives of the latest beneficiaries but also on youths in the Niger Delta,” said Igo Weli, General Manager External Relations, in a speech at the ceremony. “Like in previous sets, these beneficiaries went through the entrepreneurship training, wrote business plans, pitched their business ideas and in the end, the 50 best performing candidates were selected. With the start-up grants we’re handing out, the stage is set for a new army of business owners and potential employers of labour to emerge in Ogoniland.” 

Weli’s comments echoed a scenario where more than 70 per cent of the 105 youths that benefited from a similar programme in 2015 are already successful business owners and employers of labour.

The Director Enterprise and Promotion in the Rivers State Ministry of Youth Development, Christian Bogba said: ‘I pray that other companies borrow a leaf from what the SPDC Joint Venture have done today by contributing to the improvement of the economic wellbeing of the people and promote peace.”

Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ogoni Traditional Rulers, Godwin Giniwa, and the representative of King of Gokana, Aagba Kpee, thanked SPDC and its joint venture partners for providing the young entrepreneurs mentorship to see them through the critical take-off period of their businesses and encouraged youths to seize opportunities of programmes such as LiveWIRE to improve their quality of life.

A total of 6,350 youths from the Niger Delta have been trained since SPDC introduced the LiveWIRE Nigeria programme in 2003, with 50 per cent of them assisted to become business owners and employers of labour. The programme has earned international and local recognitions. The Ogoni-specific programme was driven by the aspiration to address one of the recommendations of the UNEP Report on the restoration of the Ogoni environment, as the LiveWIRE initiative aims to encourage youths in the area to shun illegitimate sources of income such as illegal refining of crude oil.

•Photo shows the SPDC JV Ogoni LiveWIRE Programme beneficiaries at the graduation ceremony last week.

Source News Express

Posted 17/10/2016 04:55:31 AM





You may also like...
Rivers ACN rubbishes Lai Mohammed •Disowns party’s national...

BREAKING NEWS: Ex-Governor Dariye sentenced to 14 years...

Abia to stop depending on Federal allocation by...

David Mark’s daughter dumps PDP for APGA

Over N420 billion projects abandoned in Niger Delta...

EFCC official tasks Nigerians on right attitudes in...

Gabonese president hospitalised in Saudi Arabia

EFCC operatives ‘storm’ Doyin Okupe’s home

Buhari’s wasted opportunities . . . Shall we...

Imo Govt. inaugurates joint taskforce committee on uncompleted...

Almost 300 Malians killed this year in militia...

Disagreement over Boko Haram special fund threatens survival...


Latest News BBNaija housemates caught having sex FAAN reveals identity of man who climbed aircraft at Lagos airport Hunter shot by dog loses leg Several feared dead, many trapped in Delta building collapse Policemen throw out family from plane Election results were collated in the coven, witness tells Tribunal Ortom blows hot, condemns Miyetti Allah’s latest order Pilot grounded for sending hijack alert by mistake Two soldiers, civilian killed ahead of polls 48m Nigerians at risk of river blindness – Expert 91 test positive to HIV/AIDS in Ogun Wolves beat Manchester City to win Asia trophy


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (510,263 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (431,646 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (373,631 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (316,825 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (282,579 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (247,257 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (239,406 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (224,044 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (221,313 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (208,868 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (188,447 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (187,059 views)


NLNG Job Vacancy

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (97) Business & Economy (4,358) Business Verdict (76) Columnists (1,075) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (211) Entertainment (636) Features (779) Global Business Monitor (396) ICT Monitor (54) International (3,729) Interview (192) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (164) Maggie's Blog (342) News (48,862) Opinion (1,292) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,172) Religion (1,051) Sports (2,105) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update






APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera