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100 Ogoni youths begin training at HYPREP ahead Power Project

By Ignatius Chukwu

About 500 Ogoni youths are said to be in training for empowerment. Now, another 100 are undergoing training toward the Ogoni Power Project.

This may mean that the $1Bn UN-recommended Ogoni Cleanup may at last be spilling jobs and empowerment as clamoured by the Ogoni people. 

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The clamour by Ogoni pressure groups for economic benefits and jobs from the Ogoni cleanup other than cleaning jobs may have begun to materialize. 

Now, the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) has kickstarted raining scheme for Ogoni-born technicians that would man the Ogoni Power Project. The training involves both male and female youths. 

Engr John Yowika of Petro Extra, the consulting firm engaged by HYPREP to facilitate the training, told the trainees what was expected of them to avoid crisis and blames in the future. 

Engr Yowika told them to own the training so as not to give anyone excuse to hire skill and unskilled workers outside Ogoniland for the Ogoni Power Project. 

“Make this training your own, make this work your own, and we all will be happier for this project”, Engr Yowika said. 

He added that after the classroom segment, the practical field exercises would follow within the seven-day duration for the first batch of 100 trainees at Sakpenwa, headquarters of Tai Local Govt area. 

Sources said the underlying reasons for endless bickering and confrontation in Ogoni against the cleanup is the absence of long-term jobs and empowerment schemes beyond cleanup jobs that were regarded as menial and temporary.  

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