About 60 young Nigerian youths from the Niger Delta region have been enrolled for a two weeks’ training in arts and crafts sponsored by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).
A statement issued on Sunday by Mr Bamidele Odugbesan, Shell’s spokesman, and made available to newsmen, said the training would take place at the Prof. Bruce Onobrakpeya Training Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.
According to the statement, the training tagged: “Arts of the Delta,” is in realisation of Shell’s commitment to achieving sustainable development through youth empowerment in the Niger Delta region.
It said that the training is organized by Shell in collaboration with the Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation and would focus on metal construction, ceramics (pottery) and leather crafts.
“Prof. Bruce Onobrakpeya, a renowned Nigerian printmaker, painter and sculptor, who will serve as the resource person, will provide the participants with entrepreneurial opportunities and mentoring, during the training.’’
The participants, it said, were drawn from six states, namely: Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo and Rivers.