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STAR Ultra Deep Petroleum Limited, a subsidiary of Chevron Nigeria has sponsored the training of 50 youths in Oyo State for a three months course at the OFFERCentre institute of Agriculture, Oluponna, Osun State  and expressed its commitment to enhance agricultural business in Nigeria.

Chairman, Star Ultra Deep Petroleum Limited, Mr Lanre Kalejaiye, who was represented by the acting Director, Deep Water and Product Sharing Contract, (DW and PSC) Chevron, Mike Kabi, during the valedictory ceremony of the first set of capacity building graduating students at the centre, recently said, “We are also committed to making social investments that will add value to the people’s lives in several other spheres of human endeavor.”

From 500 applicants, the institute was able to select 50 young men and women to undergo a three month training sponsored by Ultra Deep Petroleum Limited, and others like Lukoil Oil Company, Oil and Gas Nigeria limited among others.

Kabi said “today’s graduation ceremony in Agriculture and catering is another demonstration of the Co-venturers’ determined efforts to enhance the capacity building of Nigerians and improve agriculture.

” This economic development programme, aimed at building capacity in young Nigerians to go into farming and to make farming a potential career and a business, is one of such investments.

“We believe it will have a tremendous impact on the youths in Oyo state through employment creation, poverty reduction, and livelihood improvement as well as support the development of rural-based cottage industries and development of the local economy. This will in no doubt boost government’s efforts in making agriculture a significant revenue yielding sector in the country. I therefore encourage our recipients to effectively make best use of the opportunity.”

The Rector of the institute, Reverend Father Macarius Olatunji in his address said the occasion was a celebration of the virtue of hope as ignited in the heart of the young mean and women who had just graduated from the institute.

He said, “OFERCentre Institute of Agriculture has come to stay and is getting better and stronger to make meaningful contributions to the wellbeing of our beloved country.

“All these while, our training was focused on indigent youths, undergraduates and prospective and active farmers. However, with the coming of Star Ultra Deep, a subsidiary of Chevron, the outlook was focused on graduates who have passion for agriculture and want to develop skills for Agribusiness and other crafts.”

Speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Oyo state, Prince Oyewole Oyewumi, described the event as a pragmatic approach towards enhancing food production, poverty alleviation and job creation among other things.

He said, “The need to provide the necessary guidance and support for our youths cannot be over emphasized. This programme without doubt represents the Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan’s determination to give unflinching support to the development of agriculture, and acquisition of skills for people in Nigeria as a whole.

“It is very relevant to state here that, OFFERCentre is determined to train both indigent and non-indigent youths, which invariably, according to her vision will improve the standard of living of the people in rural communities. This institution has been able to achieve all these by providing an enabling environment that promotes technical ability, proficiency and discipline of youths irrespective of creed, place and tribe.”

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