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Supporting young people living with disabilities in Nigeria

Shell LiveWIRE Nigeria has presented N54m (US $327,400) worth of cash awards and business starter packs to 180 young entrepreneurs living with disabilities.

Presentation ceremonies took place during May and June in six Niger Delta states, namely; Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo, Abia, and Akwa Ibom. At each of the six ceremonies, 30 young entrepreneurs received a N200,000 (US $1,200) cash award to start their own company, along with a starter pack valued at N100,000 (US $600) containing the essential equipment needed to start their business.

This is the first time that Shell LiveWIRE Nigeria has provided an enterprise development programme specifically for young people living with disabilities and the ‘LiveWIRE Business Enterprise and Skills Training for Persons Living with Disabilities’ is sponsored by SPDC and delivered in partnership with various government ministries including, Rivers State Ministry of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation (in Rivers State) and Akwa Ibom Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare (in Akwa Ibom State).

In order to reach this stage, each young person had to be nominated for the programme by their state ministry for social welfare. They then received a comprehensive programme of enterprise awareness and business development training, including a 27 day module to equip them with the skills necessary to start their own business in one of the following sectors: shoe making, phone repairs, tailoring, hairdressing, bead making, poultry farming and tile dyeing. At the presentation event, each entrepreneur received a starter pack related to their business, containing items such as: power generators, hairdressing equipment, sewing machines, and shoe making tools.

Mr Nedo Osayande, General Manager, Sustainable Development and Community Relations for Shell companies in Nigeria said, “For most of these young people, Shell LiveWIRE is the first step to a fruitful and exciting journey to success. This programme began in 2003 with one key objective; to encourage young people aged between 18 and 35 to view starting their own business as a desirable career option. Our goal is to build capacity for business through access to entrepreneurship training and business development. These core commercial skills are combined with the necessary start up capital with a focus on expanding or increasing youth-owned businesses in the state.

“This is the first time the programme is focusing on people living with disability and we deeply appreciate everyone who has contributed to this unique programme.”

At one of the presentations in Akwa Ibom State, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Dr Glory Edet thanked SPDC for partnering with the state government in assisting the less privileged. Dr Edet added that the programme had gone a long way towards reducing poverty because the beneficiaries no longer depended on other people for their livelihood.


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