•    Skills enhancement of the youths of Eleme and Okrika
    •    Increase in Employment Opportunities
    •    Economic Empowerment
    •    Development of Managerial and Leadership skills

Target Beneficiaries
Unemployed Eleme and Okrika youths between ages 18 to 35

The Youths Empowerment and Skills Acquisition Programme (YESAP) is an entrepreneurial skills development intervention programme of the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) for her host communities: Eleme and Okrika respectively. PHRC through YESAP aims to train sixty (60) youths: thirty six (36) youths from Eleme and twenty four (24) youths from Okrika on different vocations ranging from fashion design, wielding and fabrication, ICT/computer engineering, carpentry to masonry and interlocking moulding, hairdressing and catering as a way of curbing unemployment and youths’ restiveness. The number of youths to be trained from each community is in line with the laid down PHRC sharing formula.

The initiative is intended to provide the youths with sustainable means of livelihood, through the application of specialised skills and small scale enterprise development. The training is a deliberate effort by the PHRC to engage the youths in meaningful ventures as part of its corporate social responsibility. The main objective of the programme is to increase the employability of Eleme and Okrika youths through entrepreneurial skills development, hence promoting self-reliance and income security.
To realise this objective, Accord for Community Development and Kantas International Limited were engaged by PHRC to independently facilitate the training of 30 youths in Eleme and Okrika Local Government Areas as well as provide other value services. In line with its mandates, Accord for Community Development facilitated the selection of qualified youths from the host communities in both Local Government Areas in an all-embracing

Achievement/ Impact/Change
A total of 30 (15 female & 15 male) participants successfully completed the various empowerment and skills acquisition programme.

Project Duration 
January 2014 – December 2014.

Partner (Donor)


Geographical Location
South-South, Rivers State

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