The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) said it had enrolled 60 young artists from the Niger Delta at the Prof. Bruce Onobrakpeya Training Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta, for training in arts and crafts.

Shell’s spokesperson, Bamidele Odugbesan, said in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba on Sunday that the training would last for two weeks.

The statement said that the training, jointly organised by the oil company and the Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation, would focus on metal construction, ceramics (pottery) and leather crafts.

It said that the resource person, Prof. Bruce Onobrakpeya, a renowned Nigerian printmaker, painter and sculptor, would provide the participants with entrepreneurial opportunities and mentoring, during the training.

According to the statement, the training tagged: “Arts of the Delta,” is in realisation of Shell’s commitment to achieving sustainable development through youth empowerment in the Niger Delta.

It added that the participants, some of whom had acquired formal academic training in arts, were drawn from Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo and Rivers. (NAN)

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