ALESA-ELEME (RIVERS) – The Management of Port Harcourt Refining Company said on Monday that it had given N30 million to host communities as Micro-Credit Scheme to empower the rural people.
Dr Bafred Enjugu, the Managing Director of the company, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at Alesa-Eleme, that rural dwellers in Eleme and Okrika local governments were the beneficiaries of the [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]scheme.
‘’The response from beneficiaries had been impressive and huge because feedback from the communities showed that it had positively impacted the communities,’’ he said.
Enjugu said beneficiaries of the scheme in the communities are fishermen, petty traders, market women, poultry farmers.
He said the company would sustain the scheme to empower the communities and give them a sense of belonging.
The Managing Director also said the company recently trained 60 indigenes of host communities in various vocations and skills.
‘’ We have good relationship with our host communities and we were looking for ways to make it even stronger.
‘’ We realised that youth restiveness was something that needed to be taken care of and that was why we trained the youths,’’ he said.
Enjugu said the company took a cue from the Kaduna Refining Company, which ran similar training for youths in its host communities.
He said the company would assist the youths to settle down and own their businesses.
He said a new batch of trainees from the communities would commence similar one year training very soon. (NAN)