The South African High Commission said it had facilitated the training of 200 indigenes of the Niger Delta in oil and gas welding technology and operation.
The mission said that a South African oil and gas servicing company sponsored the training as part of its contribution to development of local capacity in the Nigerian oil sector, adding that the trainees would be employed upon completion of their training in South Africa.
The South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Lulu Mnguni, disclosed this on Friday in Abuja during a media interview on the preparations for this year’s Mandela Day holding on July 18 and 19, 2016.
Mnguni stated that the embassy was building a vocational and skill acquisition centre for displaced persons in Abuja as part of strategies to empower them, adding that many organisations had expressed interest in partnering the high commission.
The envoy said that the mission was concerned about the suffering of the Internally Displayed Ps, especially those in the North-East, adding that the mission was also reaching out to bodies that could assist with the education of young children affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.
He said, “The High Commission recently facilitated the training of 200 Niger Delta indigenes on oil and gas welding technology in South Africa and when they return after their training, they would be employed by the firm that sponsored the training.”
Meanwhile, the Embassy of Venezuela in Nigeria has donated books, bags and other items to the IDP camp in Abuja.
The Head of Mission, Miguelargel Vecchia, said the items were to ensure encourage the displaced school children and assist them in their education.