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NCDMB set to train 1,000 youths in Bayelsa

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By Kenechukwu Obiajuru, Yenagoa

The Host Community of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSCOM) has assured the youths of Bayelsa state that the training of 1,000 youths by the Nigeria Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in different skills, will commence next month.

This was disclosed to Orient Daily by his Bayelsa State Chapter Chairman, Boma Albert Kerekebunah, at Akparamor-Otumor VII Secretariat, Yenagoa.

Kerekebunah alleged that some persons in the state were bent on hijacking the training and splitting the 1,000 chances among themselves in an effort to sabotage the training.

The HOSCOM boss said they were perplexed when they received information from the board asking them to stop accreditation of the selected youths, on account of an allegation that applicants were paying huge amount for form.

He, however, expressed joy that despite plans by some persons to scuttle the training programme, the NCDMB had given them the go ahead to continue accreditation, expressing optimism that the training programme would commence next month.

“Since last year, because of this training, we have been fighting now, they said we are selling form N35,000. They blackmailed us so that they can hijack the job. They wanted to split the job to themselves.

“The executive secretary of NCDMB is a very good man. They said his Ogbia king wrote the petition that we are selling forms to individuals, myself and the elder council. We went to the number one king. We met him, and he gave us a delegate to ‘Local Content’ to see one Angela Okoro. We went there and she said really, we are innocent and we should go and be doing our normal accreditation.

“We are going to start the training by first week of next month. They assured us they are going to do the training here. Security agencies should be aware that we are not selling forms. Whoever that is selling form, they should go there and arrest those people.”

The state chairman of the Elders’ Council, Chief Richard Arimebogha, while speaking to our correspondent, in Yenagoa, commended the Engineer Simbi Wabote-led board for initiating the programme.

He, however, frowned at some Bayelsans who find pleasure in sabotaging efforts that would empower youths of the state.

“We have to thank God because Simbi is our son and he believes our youth are suffering. That’s why he approved 1,000 training skills to Bayelsa youth and after the training, there will be a starter pack for all of them and you that want to start something with the money.

“By the special grace of God, we are going to support Simbi 100% and the ‘Local Content’ be rest assured we are going to be transparent enough and everybody will benefit,” he reassured.

Also speaking, the Secretary, Elders’ Council, Hon Akenge, commended the youth for being peaceful, but condemned the act of Bayelsans who find joy in disrupting good things and infrastructural development in the area.

“Unfortunately, I want to say I don’t know why is it that any time good things want to come, it is we, Bayelsans, that will spoil it, I don’t know why it is so, but God as a reason.

“This thing we are getting today, if not for these saboteurs, we would have started it long ago because other states that are not producing oil are benefiting from our oil. They say we don’t have schools; we are lazy people. We are not lazy people, it’s because we have not had the opportunity. Sure, and I am very sure that after this programme, they will know Bayelsans are not lazy.”

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