The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)/Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) Joint Venture has sponsored forty-one indigenes of Bonny Island to study aviation courses at the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, Kaduna State, as part of its efforts to develop capacity and human resources within communities near its areas of business. The courses are intended to equip the beneficiaries with skillsets necessary for job opportunities such as aviation services required at the new Finima Airstrip which was recently constructed in Bonny Island.
To flag-off the capacity development program, a sendforth ceremony for the trainees was held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the King Perekule Royal Palace, Ancient Grand Bonny Kingdom, where the students were presented to the Bonny Chiefs Council before proceeding to the College.
The Chairman of the Bonny Chiefs Council, Chief (Col) A.O. Manilla-Pepple (rtd), expressed the appreciation of His Majesty, King Edward Asimini William Dappa Pepple – the Bonny traditional ruler – for the opportunity granted to the selected trainees. He referred to the program as a “lifeline opportunity”, and thanked the NNPC/MPN Joint Venture for their latest effort in enhancing opportunities for youths in its areas of operation. Chief (Ambassador) D. Wilcox, Vice Chairman of the Bonny Chiefs’ Council, advised the beneficiaries to demonstrate high level of discipline in their studies.
In his address, Mr. Adeyemi Fakayejo, representing the General Manager, Public and Government Affairs, charged the beneficiaries to be diligent and focused during their training in the College, not only to justify their selection but also to be worthy ambassadors of Bonny Kingdom and increase the chances of their employability in the aviation industry.
The forty-one trainees were selected through the combined efforts of the Center for Values in Leadership (CVL) group (an indigenous Non-governmental organization), the Bonny Kingdom Development Committee and the Mobil Producing Nigeria Public and Government Affairs team. They will be trained in various aviation skills including standard piloting, apron control, telephony, cargo handling, advanced diploma in Aviation Management and aviation security. The first batch of the beneficiaries arrived at the College on Monday June 16, 2014 to commence the training. Others are expected to leave in August based on the schedule of the College.
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