Schneider Electric, the global electrical energy management specialist, on Friday offered employment to 15 of 30 graduates who studied in France as part of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP.
The amnesty office in Abuja described the company’s gesture as a huge post-training boost for the delegates trained in Power Management in France by the company.
In a letter signed by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Schneider Electric Nigeria Limited, Marcel Hochet, said the new employees would work directly at its Isaac Boro training facility in France.
Mr. Hochet’s letter was delivered on Friday to the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Kingsley Kuku, in Abuja.
At the end of the graduates’ one year training in November, the CEO said they would be engaged at Schneider Electric’s facilities in either Port Harcourt, Rivers State or in any such location where the company would require the services of qualified technicians.
He said the company would also undertake to find employment for the other trainees not selected for placement with any of its electrical contracting partners in Nigeria.
Mr. Hochet commended the commitment of the Nigerian government to the development of a skilled manpower among the youths of the Niger Delta through the Amnesty programme.
He said Schneider Electric was honoured to be associated with the programme as a strategy to sustain the peace in the Niger Delta region..
The PAP Chairman, Mr. Kuku, said he was elated by the job offer by the company, He described Schneider Electric as wonderful partners in the growth and development of Nigeria.
“The President will be delighted when this is transmitted to him. It is a confirmation of the great job the present administration is doing to build the capacity and transform not only the Niger Delta youths but also their compatriots in other parts of the country”, he said.
“By this development, Schneider Electric has struck a strong partnership with Nigeria and its government. We are thankful to the company for not only giving our youths quality technical training, but for also going further to engage them and in the process transforming their lives,” Mr. Kuku added.
He urged other firms doing business with government and its agencies in Nigeria to emulate this the gesture by Schneider Electric.
The Managing Director of the training consultant, Lagoon Global Services Limited, Bekewei Ajuwa, also commended Schneider Electric for the initiative.
Mr. Ajuwa said he was particularly delighted that his firm’s partnership with the electrical giants was yielding positive fruits for Nigeria.
He said another of its partners, Schlumberger, had also offered employment to some of the 29 delegates trained in oil drilling engineering at its facility in France a few months ago.