Self-employment: Dangote Cement empowers 245 young people in host communities

No less than 245 young people from the 16 host communities of Dangote Cement Ibese Plant have been trained and empowered so far in different skills since the start of operations in Ibese with a significant impact on the local economy.

This revelation from the factory manager, Azad Nawabuddin, came as the Ogun State government praised the organization for the economic value it has added to the people and government of the state.

Speaking in Ibese during the distribution of starter kits for 30 trainees at the end of an intensive three-month training in sewing and fashion design for young people from her host communities in partnership with the training (ITF), the manager of the Ibese plant said the training was in continuation of the company’s community youth empowerment program designed to improve the economy of local communities by making young people capable independent workers.

According to Nawabuddin, the successful completion of the training program marked another milestone in Dangote Cement Plc’s community investment journey. with the overarching goal of contributing to the long-term betterment of local communities by providing and delivering value to them.

L/R; Dangote Cement PLC Ibese Plant Manager, Azad Nawabuddin, Ogun State Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperatives, Ganiyu Hamzat, Dangote Cement PLC Ibese Plant, Managing Director, Human Assets Manager/Administrator, Abu Sufyan, one of the beneficiaries, Odeyemi Dolapo, receiving her Starter Pack and certificate, during the closing ceremony of the Ibese plant of Dangote Cement Plc, Youth Skills Acquisition and Empowerment Program of host communities, held in Ogun State of Ibese Cement Factory this weekend.

He said “The thirty or so beneficiaries have joined the league of independents in our locality. These carefully selected male and female entrepreneurs have undergone intensive training in Sewing and Fashion Design for three months, under the tutelage of the Industrial Training Fund and receive their certificates and starter packs, and by extension, their livelihoods.

According to him; “This empowerment program is another demonstration of Dangote Cement Plc’s commitment. Ibese Plant, to the improvement of the socio-economic condition of neighboring communities. We are committed to continuing to implement impactful social investments that will eradicate poverty and improve living standards in our host communities.

The plant manager explained that Dangote Cement, Ibese has carefully designed its youth empowerment program knowing full well that the government and private sector alone cannot fully meet the employment expectations of the youth, especially in a densely populated and youth dominated country like Nigeria.

“The most plausible alternative is therefore for young people to acquire adequate skills in various trades to become entrepreneurs and autonomous. This program is therefore timely and most conducive as its anticipated impact cannot be overstated,” he added.

The boss of Dangote Cement recalled that to date, 245 young people from the host communities of the Ibese plant have been trained and empowered in different skills since the start of operations in Ibese, with a significant impact on the local economy.

L/R; Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Ogun State Regional Manager/Deputy Manager, Funmi Coker, Dangote Cement PLC Ibese Plant Manager, Azad Nawabuddin, Ogun State Commissioner for Community Development and cooperatives, Ganiyu Hamzat, Dangote Cement PLC Ibese Plant, Managing Director, Human Resources Manager/Admin, Abu Sufyan, one of the beneficiaries, Sanusi Olanrewaju Adewunmi, receiving his starter kit and certificate, during the closing ceremony Dangote Cement Plc Ibese Factory Skills and Empowerment Program for Host Community Youth held at Ibese Cement Factory in Ogun State over the weekend.

He said Dangote Cement not only trained but also provided the trainees with sewing materials, including machines and other necessary materials for them to start immediately and become their own boss. Quoting a Russian writer, Anton Chekhov, who once said ”knowledge is only valuable if you put it into practice” Mr. Nawabuddin urged graduates to make effective use of the great opportunity given to them to become entrepreneurs and, by implication, employers of labor by getting down to work.

“You have to be focused and make sure you take full advantage of the skills learned during the program. The world is dynamic, so I urge you to always keep an eye out for the latest developments in sewing and fashion design to stay relevant for a long time and imbibe the spirit of continuous learning, unlearning and relearning. .

Community leaders and representatives here present, I also want to commend you for selecting the best of your many young people for this program, as evidenced by the manner and manner in which they conduct themselves during the training. I urge you to continue to provide the necessary support that will contribute to the growth of their business as well as the betterment of their lives and society in general.

“At Dangote, we are committed to implementing more meaningful programs that will uplift our people while hoping that you will return this good deed by contributing your quota for the good of the organization while ensuring peaceful coexistence.”

Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Ogun State Regional Manager/Deputy Manager, Funmi Coker, Dangote Cement PLC Ibese Plant Manager, Azad Nawabuddin, Ogun State Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperatives, Ganiyu Hamzat, Dangote Cement PLC Ibese Plant, Managing Director, Human Resources Director/Director, Abu Sufyan at the closing ceremony of Dangote Cement Plc’s Ibese plant, acquisition program of Skills and Empowerment of Youth from Host Communities held in Ogun State of Ibese Cement Factory this weekend.

While presenting certificates to some of the trainees, the Ogun State Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperatives, Hon. Hamzat Ganiyu commended Dangote Cement for its many programs which have contributed to the state government’s policy on economic empowerment of youth in the state.

He said the ball was now in the beneficiaries’ court and the opportunities given to them by Dangote Cement to be so trained and given machines to start the business immediately, saying the company had done everything which was necessary to provide the trainees and their immediate families with a means of subsistence.

Hon. Hamzat called on other business organizations in Ogun State to emulate Dangote Cement and help alleviate youth unemployment and poverty at the local community level through worthwhile social investments.

The state government, which he promised, would continue to provide an enabling environment for business to thrive as the private sector plays a key role in the economic empowerment of the people of the state.

In her speech, the Head of ITF, Abeokuta Regional Office, Ms. Funmi Coker congratulated the beneficiaries of the training program saying they are lucky to be part of it as they now have a livelihood visible to themselves and their relationships.

She commended Dangote Cement for being a valuable partner that wants to have a positive impact on people in its host communities and urged the young people to use the knowledge imparted to them during the training, especially when they have an instrument to work with.

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