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Skills acquisition as a remedy for unemployment in Bonny Kingdom

This is part of the company's efforts towards generating interest for skills acquisition as a remedy for unemployment, initiating and sustaining multi- faceted strategies for poverty reduction and reducing community restiveness by empowering women who would in turn support their families and building entrepreneurial skills.

Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) Unlimited in conjunction with her Joint Venture (JV) partner through its community development scheme on skills acquisition recently trained thirty indigenes of Bonny Kingdom in bag making, fashion design, catering services, baking, hair dressing, hat making, bead work and entrepreneurial development at the Bonny Women's Hall, Bonny Island.

This is part of the company's efforts towards generating interest for skills acquisition as a remedy for unemployment, initiating and sustaining multi-faceted strategies for poverty reduction and reducing community restiveness by empowering women who would in turn support their families, and building entrepreneurial skills.

Chris Jumbo, representing the manager, Public and Government Affairs, Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) Unlimited explained that, "The training approach is based on a combination of interactive demonstration and the participation of the group which will enable them to learn and understand the rudiments of establishing the various business ventures that's covered. Thus, this programme is tailored to enhance the utilization of the learnings in the community and beyond.”

During the training, the participants learned how to create designs patterns and translate it to dresses, bags and softfurnishing; the functionality of transferring throw-away fabrics for the production of foot mats, and bags; how to bake and cook both local and intercontinental cuisines. They were given the opportunity to present their group works for assessment by the facilitators and also to share their expectations and aspirations.

Reginald Hart, the representative of the Bonny Chiefs' Council during the closing ceremony noted that, "JV partner's efforts in providing opportunities for women to engage in income generation projects would enable them to be self-sustaining and pillars of support to their families." He enjoined the participants to utilize and integrate the learnings from the training into income generation in the communities. At the same time, he thanked the JV partners for the programme and other social services they provide for the Kingdom. "Efforts like this promotes harmonious relationship between the Kingdom and the JV partners and would help secure the social license to operate", he said.

The closing ceremony was attended by representatives from the Bonny Chiefs Council, Bonny Local Government, State Ministry of Women Affairs, Bonny Kingdom Development Committee and Finima Women Association. 

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