100 entrepreneurs in Bayelsa receives N32 million naira from Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) as a start up capital for their business.
Out of the beneficiaries, they were 40 market women, 30 graduates and 30 secondary school leavers.
Dr Akinwumi Fajola, the Regional Community Health Manager, SPDC, said that the gesture tagged, ‘Ogbia Special LiveWIRE programme’ was designed for Ogbial Local Government Area of the state where it struck oil in commercial quantities at Oloibiri over 60 years ago.
He decided to sponsor the Oloibiri Health Project to give back to the Ogbia communities because the oil firm’s historical value in oil and gas exploration in Nigeria.
Mrs Patricia Nicholas, Spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries by commending SPDC for the support with business management skills and start-up capital and urged the oil firm to extend the gesture to more beneficiaries.
The President, Ogbia Brotherhood, Chief Benson Agadaga, also hailed SPDC for their support.
But he urged the beneficiaries to create more jobs to impact on the larger society.
He also noted that Ogbia communities had enjoyed social amenities like roads in the past, saying that the company needs to step up its social support to its host communities.
Finally he appealed further to SPDC “to deploy its expertise in power generation to the benefit of these beneficiaries and other people in Ogbia communities with electricity to help businesses to thrive”.