Chairman of the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM), Bayelsa state chapter, HRH, Boma Albert Kerekebunah has described the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote as a blessing to Bayelsa state.
Kerekebuna, who is one of the paramount rulers in Gbaraun Kingdom, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa state, made the statement while speaking to Niger Delta Herald in his office in Yenagoa, the state capital concerning the 1,000 Bayelsan youths to be trained in different skills by NCDMB through HOSTCOM.
He said the training, which would create job opportunities and make thousands of Bayelsan youths self-employed and self reliant, was made possible by Wabote’s patriotic spirit towards the well being of his people.
The paramount ruler pointed out that the 1,000 youths to be trained by NCDMB were carefully selected with each community producing ten youths, adding that submission of free forms ended on Friday.
He revealed that HOSTCOM has concluded plans to give excellent leadership awards to Engr. Simbi Wabote, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva and Head of Capacity Building, NCDMB, Mr. Amah Ikuru for their contributions to human and capital development in Bayelsa and the Niger Delta.
“The NCDMB has tried a lot. The Executive Secretary, Engr. Wabote, is a very good man.
“We are going to give him an award during the opening ceremony of this exercise. Not only him, Chief Timipre Sylva who is also the chairman, Board of Trustees, NCDMB, and the Head of Capacity Building, Amah Ikuru for their good works, for their consideration to train 1,000 Bayelsans for the first phase,” he said.
He advised those to benefit from the training to make judicious use of the starter packs and cash that would be given to them at the end of the training.
The HOSTCOM boss frowned at a situation where some persons would received starter packs and sell them off rather than using same to establish themselves and become employers of labour.