The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) on Thursday gave cheques for N14 million to 35 graduates in its 2017 Regional LiveWIRE Entrepreneurial Programme.
The event took place in Effurun, Delta. Each of the beneficiaries got N400,000 as a business start-up grant.
The General Manager, External Relations of SPDC, Mr Igo Weli, said at the event that the programme, launched in 2003, had produced 6,687 entrepreneurs.
Weli, represented by the SPDC Infrastructural Manager, Mr John Uduaghan, said that the programme was targeted at empowering youths in communities.
“We do this by providing them with the requisite training and start-up finance, in the hope that, with legitimate means of livelihood, our young men and women will shun vices.
“These beneficiaries went through the entrepreneurship training, wrote business plans and pitched their business ideas.
“With the money,…
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