By Jimmy Lace

MEMBERS of Gbaramatu/Egbema Host Communities Welders and Fitters (ESCRAVOS) have commended Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) for its wisdom in training their youths.

In the same breathe, they appealed to CNL to mandate Gramem Nigeria Limited to employ host communities welders and fitters in respect of the ongoing fabrication job in Gramem in which no fewer than 84 welders will be engaged.

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These were contained in a letter of appreciation/request for employment to the General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs (P.G.P.A) of CNL and signed by GEORGE TIMIYAN (Ijaw CHAIRMAN), EKPETIPU MAMUKEMI ( Ijaw SECRETARY) and SIKO EYENMI (Ijaw PRO). They lauded CNL for the course which commenced in February 2010 and rounded up March 2012 in which a total number of 220 youths drawn from Ijaw, Itsekiri, llaje and Urhobo were trained.

The Gbaramatu/Egbema Host Communities Welders and Fitters said the youths trained in measurements and dimensions, types and sizes of plates, pipe and electrodes, cutting and using machines oxygen and Acetylene burning sets, Argon weld, plate pipe and Arc welding and are now well equipped for the task ahead in the industry.

Their letter read thus; “ With an immense joy, we members of Gbaramatu/Egbema Host Communities Welders and Fitters (ESCRAVOS) write to appreciate you for your wisdom for training our youths in this your massive natural endorsement in the effort to prove how to realize this great achievement.”

According to them;”We are happy to note that Chevron Nigeria Limited/ Southern Gas Constructors limited (S.G.C.) have provided the needed support and encouragement to the trainees that resulted in the overall success of the program. While a good number of these communities youths have acquired the relevant welding skills and would enable them become self employed or competent favourable for employment opportunities.”

“We want to use this medium to appeal that instead of allowing these youths use the God given strength and ability for something unprofitable for instance, restiveness, avoidable crisis, looting and other social vices to make quick money, they should be rather be occupied with different fulfilled and upsetting challenges emanating from trade or profession,” they also wrote.

According to them “We therefore appeal to Chevron Nigeria Limited to mandate Gramem Nigeria Limited to employ host communities Welders and Fitters in respect of the ongoing fabrication job in Gramem which more than 84 welders and fitters will be engaged, so the trainees should also be included so that they can realize their dream. And we also use this medium to still appeal to Chevron Management that, the Niger Dock fabrication jobs that are going on in Lagos, that we should be allowed to participate since what they are fabricating is coming back to Escravos, Dibi, Otunana, Abiteye, Olero and Makaruba and the deep water offshore.”