Seplat and C4C join forces with youth entrepreneurship to stimulate economic growth

Seplat Energy Plc, a leading Nigerian energy company listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange, is partnering with Conversations for Change (C4C) to drive Nigeria’s economic growth and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ) United Nations through its Youth Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program.

The company announced the graduation of 15 scholars from the duo’s 2021 batch, after a full year of an intensive entrepreneurship program.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony held in Abuja on Friday, Seplat Energy’s Director of External Affairs and Sustainable Development, Dr. Chioma Nwachuku, said Seplat Energy’s partnership with C4C at this regard is a bold step taken to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 1. , which is the eradication of poverty; in addition to SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing), SDG 4 (Quality Education) and SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), driven by the company’s CSR initiatives.

Dr Nwachuku added, “The vision of this initiative is to create a world where young people/minds are inspired, motivated and empowered to find their place in society and use their skills and talents to improve their societies/countries and even their world. In doing so, everyday objects and waste are converted into wealth, thus promoting a sustainable world.

The 2021 batch of scholars have been equipped to kick-start their business empires, which are expected to grow and prosper, as well as provide support not only to them and their families, but also to communities, countries, and even the world.

C4C is a non-profit organization whose major objective is to empower young people to participate more effectively in all relevant areas of development.

Efforts focus on young people between the ages of 18 and 40, convinced that they are ready to become valuable and creative members of their society and are therefore most in need of inspiration, empowerment, guidance and support to do so.

The CEO of Seplat Energy Plc, Mr. Roger Brown, in his message described C4C as a long-term effort to invest in the next generation of leaders, creating a dynamic platform for the continuous provision of information, dialogue and discussion. He added that through these and other strategies, the initiative would inspire, encourage and support young people to become active partners in the development and leadership of their communities, societies, nations and even the world.

Brown said, “Seplat Energy aspires to be a corporate citizen, committed to generating positive socio-economic benefits for our country and our other stakeholders, and recognizing that we must continually earn our social license to operate. Indeed, we enshrine this commitment in one of the five strategic pillars that guide our approach to business: behaving responsibly and sharing our success. »

The beneficiaries for the 2021 session are: Moyinoluwa Ajibulu (Kogi); Ruke Ejegreh (Delta); Yemisi Olarewaju (Osun); Aisha Ahmed (Edo); Indira Orbih (Anambra); Ruth Ede (Imo); John Tokula (Kogi); Rachael Bob (Rivers); Elizabeth Nyong (Cross River); Augustin Samson Tsaku (Nasarawa); Joel Glory (Kogi); Nkiru Agbarah (Abia); Anefu Lilian (Benue); Jude Elayo (Nasarawa); and Ene Adah (Benue).

In response, C4C President/Founder Dr. Kechi F. Ogbuagu said, “Our dream as Conversations for Change is to see every young person in Nigeria, Sub-Saharan Africa and the world at large live their better life – with sustainable and financially self-sufficient livelihoods. They will thus contribute to the economy and become relevant and influential members of society and become key players in the areas of entrepreneurship, leadership and governance.

“The role that entrepreneurs play in economic development cannot be overstated, nor can the importance of social entrepreneurship be overstated. While entrepreneurship can create a source of income for a creative entrepreneur, social entrepreneurship has the power to change the life not just of a creative entrepreneur, but the life and living conditions of an entire community.

“So our goal is to inspire and equip as many young people as possible with the skills to become successful social entrepreneurs.”

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