REPORT ON OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE TRAINING INTERVENTION FOR YOUNG COMMUNITY ENGINEERS AT THE AFAM VI POWER PLANT
Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), Port Harcourt, the operators of the NNPC, SPDC, TEPNG and NOAC Joint Venture Partnership through the Oyigbo Cluster Development Board.
Logistics Facilitating Non-Governmental Organization (NGO):
Community Inter Relations and Conciliation Initiative (CIRCI), Port Harcourt.
Background to the Project:
The Training programme was borne out of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited’s desire to enhance local content and provide capacity building for young engineering graduates (Youths with Science background) in operations and maintenance of its Power Plant and auxiliary facilities. It also exposed/equipped the youths with skills/expertise to enable them compete for employment spaces with others in the Power Generation industry in Nigeria and the world, at large.
It is a desirable corporate social responsibility to benefit her host/impacted communities. The expected growth in power generation in Nigeria will, eventually, lead to high demand for competent and qualified manpower in the industry.
Thus, two phases of the programme were developed, each to train 15 community youths. The training was mainly hands-on at the Power Plant site under the Operations and Maintenance Contractor, NetcoDietsmann.
Phase 1, started on 1st February 2012 with the overseas course component at Bangkok-Thailand by the Energy Trainers International.
The second phase started on the 18th of August 2015 with the overseas component at Osborne Engineering Limited – Osborne Training Services in Cramlington near Newcastle in the United Kingdom.
Implementation utilized the following steps below:
|1.||Sensitized impacted communities and solicited for their support|
|2.||Impacted communities nominated qualified graduates|
|3.||Conducted a selection test/interview to get the best candidates/community for the training|
|4.||Facilitated commencement and implementation of training|
The Project has two host communities namely Ayama and Okoloma. And in line with the EIA Report, the operations of the Plant also impacted the following 15 communities; Afam-Nta, Afam-Ukwu, Egberu, Izuoma, Komkom, Mirinwanyi, Mgboji, Obeakpu, Obeama, Obunku, Oyigbo, Umuahala, Umuorie, Umuosi and Uzuakwu. All the communities are in Rivers State except Umuahala, Umuorie and Uzuaku which are in Abia State. Beneficiaries were from the above named communities.
BENEFITS OF PROJECT:
- This programme has made 30 community youths mainly from the Ndoki clan to become employable in the Energy labour market in Nigeria.
- All the 15 persons (100%) that were trained in the first phase have all been employed. While 13 of them work with NetcoDietsmann, the contractor handling the Operations and Maintenance of Afam VI Power Plant on behalf of SPDC, 2 of them are working with the Nigerian Independent Power Plants (NIPP).
- Community youths were given international exposures and these youths for the first time traveled outside Nigeria to broaden their minds.
- Community youths were removed from the unemployment pool, made to become people with self-worth, self-fulfillment and happy family members contributing to the welfare of people in their extended families.
- While the training was on, the trainees were paid each 75,000 Naira monthly stipend and this was a very beneficial support, which made them have a source of income and a good number of the trainees got married and started raising their families even during the training.
CIRCI Comments / Appreciation to SPDC:
We thank SPDC, for the opportunity given to CIRCI to handle this project. We thank all of the staff involved for the support and enthusiasm shown towards ensuring a successful project.
This opportunity has further broadened our experience as service providers. This project is laudable as it would boost community trust, respect and reputation of SPDC and its Joint Venture Partners who, fully, funded this programme.
This is the kind of programme that enhances local content development, local skill capacity enhancement, youth employ-ability which in the long run enhances peaceful co-existence between the communities and SPDC. It is, indeed, a good Corporate Social Responsibility activity that will leave an indelible mark in the minds of every well-meaning Nigerian.
We shall be willing to serve in any other capacity as partners with SPDC or any other organization towards achieving our mutual goals for sustainable development and peaceful co-existence in your host communities.