Total trains youths to curb social vices

The maiden edition of the Youth Camp Programme tagged: “Youths Konnect for Peace Network,” which commenced with 51 youths from host communities of Rivers and Akwa Ibom states in Calabar, Cross River State, will last for two weeks.

Worried by the security challenges in the Niger Delta, Total E&P Nigeria (TEPNG) Limited has commenced a training programme to check social vices among youths in the region.

The maiden edition of the Youth Camp Programme tagged: “Youths Konnect for Peace Network,” which commenced with 51 youths from host communities of Rivers and Akwa Ibom states in Calabar, Cross River State, will last for two weeks.

Addressing the participants at the opening ceremony of the Summer Boot Camp 2017, Total’s Deputy Managing Director, Port Harcourt District, Francois Le-Cocq, said security challenges in the region were arising in part from misguided political culture and general collapse of the family value systems.

“Hence the need for the camp and training programme, which is in line with the United Nations’ August 12 yearly celebration of youths and paying attention to their development with the theme “Youth Building Peace” for this year.

“This is in tandem with our objectives for organising the camp. It underscores our commitment to align our actions with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is a further demonstration of the premium, which the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC/TEPNG joint venture attached to youths development in the society.

“For the youths from the Niger Delta and for all Nigerians the theme is very instructive. As agents of change, young people are critical actors in conflict prevention, resolution and sustenance of peace.

“Little wonder the 2017 International Youth Day is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice and sustainable peace,” he said.

Le-Cocq added that the camp was structured to inspire, educate and enlighten the youths to take their destinies in their hands and become the leaders of tomorrow, which they were designated to be by saying no to all forms of social vices such as drug abuse, cultism, kidnapping, pipeline vandalism, among others.

The training, he said, will provide them opportunities in information technology and resources, entrepreneurship development, career goals development, physical and health education, leadership, personal safety and security.

Speaking, Community Affairs Manager, Offshore and Port Harcourt, Okechukwu Obara, urged the youths to be committed to the training and go back to their communities to to preach peace and discourage people from cultism and other vices.



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