Flour Mils subsidiary launches youth empowerment initiative with ITF in Calabar
Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc (FMN) Group, through one of its divisions, Niger Mills, Calabar, has initiated a youth capacity development training and empowerment programme in partnership with the Federal Government’s Industrial Training Fund (ITF).
This move according to the company is aimed at developing and empowering youths in Nigeria to realize their ambitions and contribute immensely to national development.
Speaking at a brief ceremony in Calabar, Cross River to unveil the first set of beneficiaries of the programme, the Company Secretary/ Director, Legal services, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, Joseph Umolu, in a statement, disclosed that the youth development programme is part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility projects and an ongoing community-based process to avail young people with the competencies and social skills required to become productive members of the society.
He disclosed further that, in addition to the skills acquisition training, each beneficiary will be paid a monthly stipend during the period of the training which is expected to last between six months and one year.
On his part, the General Manager, Niger Mills Calabar, Christiaan Rautenbach, said the company is committed towards improving the standard of living of the people in the environs where it operates.
He also stated that Nigeria Mill would continue to invest in projects that positively impact on our environment.
“At Niger Mills, we are passionate about improving and enriching the lives of our host communities. We are excited at the prospects of this training scheme, and will continue to invest in projects that positively impact on our environment.”
He disclosed that 14 people, who have a minimum academic qualification of the first school leaving certificate, were selected across 4 host communities in Calabar, as recipients for the first set of training in fashion designing, bakery and pastry, aluminium fabrication, plumbing and fitting, and welding.
He added: “We have also completed arrangements to provide each beneficiary, who successfully complete the training with the basic facilities to help them start up a small-scale business and become employers of labour themselves.”
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