Seplat Petroleum Development Company Ltd, an independent indigenous upstream exploration and production company, has invested in Thirty-Five youths in Ugborhen community, Ughelli North Local Government Area, in Delta state in line with its effort to build capacity for its host communities,.
The indigenous oil firm at the Flag off the 2nd batch of the Ugborhen Youth Empowerment Programme (UYEP), gave the beneficiaries starter packs valued at N21 million and a cash support of N3.5 million with each participant going home with N100,000 each to serve as initial capital to acquire their shops for the starter packs they received.
The base Manager of Seplat Petroleum Development Company Mr. Lucky Obiuwevbi, who spoke at the presentation ceremony, at company’s base in Warri, emphasized that the programme will have a multiplier effect on the economy of the community which is good for all.
According to Authority the company boss noted that the empowerment programme should not be seen as an end but the beginning of many good things to come for the benefit and progress of the community, assuring the Ugborhen community that Seplat is prepared to do more since they have been very friendly and accommodative towards the company operations.
He thanked the community leaders especially His Royal Majesty Orhue 1 CFR mmi the Orodje of Okpe, the president, Hon. (Chief) Anthony Amitaye and the Ugborhen district head Sir (Chief) S. O. Akporie for coming to witness the capacity building programme of their host community.
Obiuwevbi enjoined the beneficiaries to impact on their immediate environment positively and also to employ others.
On his part, the president of the oil rich Ugborhen community Hon. (Chief) Anthony Ayovogware Amitaye charged the youths to make good use of the starter packs given to them so that they can become independent people capable of fending for themselves and their immediate families with the hope that they will become employers of labour in no distant time.