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Published On: Thu, Oct 30th, 2014

NEPC partners SURE-P on job creation

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Surep-logoThe Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) in collaboration with the Subsidy Re-investment Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS) is in strategic partnership to implement skill acquisition programmes that would give fillip to Federal Government’s

Transformation Agenda of reducing unemployment and creation of wealth.

Both organizations agreed to build capacity, impart skills and create a pool of trained graduates who would become independent entrepreneurs.

NEPC in the new agreement signed in Lagos, would integrate GIS with its Youth Empowerment Export Skills Acquisition Programme (YEESAP) through the grooming of interns on export matters, before deploying them to Export Manufacturing Companies to work for at least a year – drawing reasonable stipends as salaries paid by SURE-P.

Addressing the Forum, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo Executive Director and CEO of NEPC explain that “the objective of YEESAP is to strengthen effort by SURE-P GIS to realize one of the Federal Government’s cardinal objective in the Transformation Agenda: wealth and job creation.

The programme would surely revitalize the non-oil export sector of our national economy thereby

increasing its contribution to GDP”. The overall objective of integrating the GIS in the development of non-oil export is to ensure that youths are adequately equipped to manage export oriented businesses to sustain themselves.

According to GIS Coordinator, Peter Papka “this collaborative initiative to engage our teaming youths is a clear effort at encouraging Government to Government partnership, and a good example of Public Private Partnership which is in sink with the key mandate of SURE-P”.

The Forum titled “Integration of GIS in Non-oil Export Development” was attended by stakeholders from relevant MDAs, parastatals, the Organized Private Sector and captains of industries – especially those from the Export Manufacturing Companies who would eventually employ the interns.

The Graduate Internship Scheme, an initiative of the Federal Government was launched in October 2012, under the SURE-P. YEESAP, therefore, is a step-up flagship programme that would integrate the GIS into the Council’s Export Development Programme – for the primary purpose of creating jobs and enhancing the contribution of non-oil export to Nigeria’s GDP. New Cement firm gets $500M loan from China International Cement Company Limited (ICC), a new cement company, said it has secured $500 million credit facility from the EXIM Bank of China to finance a cement plant project in Ogun State, Nigeria.

Managing Director of the company, Dr. Ken Mordi, said this at a Public Hearing on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) during a Panel Review meeting of stakeholders in Abeokuta, the state capital, that the project would employ 3000 direct skilled and unskilled labour at

take-off while mining, quarrying and cement production would start on or before October 2016.

According to him, 1,415 hectares of land were acquired for the project while the first phase of it would sit on 610 hectares.

Meanwhile, nine communities in Makun – Sagamu, Sagamu Local Government Council of Ogun State, have advised the new cement firm berthing in their areas not to go back on its agreement with them when it commences operations.

The communities are Soomo, Erinke, Ewuogun, Ewuoso, Asunora, Alafun, Ayetoro, Alabe and Lenunwa.

They acknowledged that the project would bring about rapid development to the localities, creates jobs as well as wealth for their sons and daughters but also urged the company to strive towards abiding by the ‘international best practice and civility’ in the manner it would carry out its ‘limestones quarrying and cement production.’

Speaking on behalf of the communities at the Public Hearing, the Olisa of Makun – Sagamu, Chief Adegbenro Oduwaiye, said adhering strictly to the international best standard would ensure the safety of the lives of people living in the communities and their environment.


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