by Agency Reporter



The Federal Government amnesty programme for Ex-Niger Delta militants is yielding dividends as five trained code welders have been offered job in South Africa, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

NAN correspondent in South Africa reports that Watchman James, Emmanuel Keme, Ezekiel Barile, Oghenekaro Ejukonemi and Stephen Ayebo were offered immediate employment as code welders by a South African-based company, Allweld.Marine and Engineering Company.

Mrs. Boveti Simona, head of Allweld Marine and Engineering company technical crew which visited Nigeria for the assessment and recruitment of the welders, told NAN in Johannesburg on Monday that the five welders selected showed high level of skills and discipline in code welding.

“I must tell you we are highly impressed at the level of skills displayed by those we assessed and more importantly
they were highly disciplined.

“Nigerian code welders were recommended to us by the code welding academy in South Africa, and out of 20 professional welders we re-assessed after graduation, five of them were selected for immediate employment,” she said.

Boveti praised the initiative of the Nigerian government under the amnesty programme because it exposed those
recruited to world class skills acquisition opportunities which will make them marketable globally considering
the shortage of skilled man power in the sector.

She said that welding code standard skills were in high demand and that the profession was a serious endeavour which required hard working people adding that those selected had shown that “they have all it takes to be among the best in the world.”

Mr. Uche Odozor, managing director of Ashland Consultant services, who facilitated the visit of the company to Nigeria, said that there was a huge demand for code welders not only in South Africa, but globally.

“Code welding, a highly specialised welding job, with huge employment market globally, is in high demand in the construction and laying of petroleum pipe lines in the oil and gas industry.

“It is a good thing that the Nigerian government is investing in the ex-millitants in area of training and acquisition of skills.

“The visit of a highly reputable company from South Africa to Nigeria to recruit trained welders is part of the success
story of the amnesty programmes of the government.

“Most of the men and women trained in various skills under the amnesty programmes have secured jobs locally
and internationally,” Odozor said.

He said 28 people have so far been trained in South Africa in code welding skills.

“With the recruitment of the five, I am sure that others that have not yet secure jobs will soon be employed by other companies,” Odozor said.


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