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.

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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.

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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.

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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)