Samsung to employ 1,000 ex-militants in ship building projects

GOOD news seem to be in the offing for ex-Niger Delta militants undergoing training in welding and ancillary services, as Samsung Heavy Industries Limited, has agreed to recruit them for ship and heavy equipment building.
General Manager, Samsung Heavy Industries, Frank Ejizu, who confirmed this development, said there was an ongoing arrangement between Bradama International Skill Works Limited, where ex-militants were being trained and Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria Limited, which would result in employment of over 1,000 trainees of the centre, who would be used in the construction of heavy duty equipment and ship component building on completion of their training.
Bradama, a skill acquisition centre, established by High Chief Bibopere Ajube, has been reputed to have trained highly-skilled welders, since the Federal Government started sponsoring training programmes for ex-militants, as part of the amnesty programme.
Frank Ejizu said the company was directed by reputable experts and professionals in the welding construction industry to Bradama International Skill Works Limited, because of the laudable heights it has attained in a very short period of operations.
He added that they would soon make another visit to audit the facilities, with a view to partnering with them, so that the training and certification could be of international standard.
Samsung Heavy Industries plans to bring in experts from Korea, to train the ex-militants, so they could have the prerequisite training and experience.
“It is not our intention to take over the centre, but we will partner with the centre to churn out highly-skilled welders, who will be able to stand tall among their colleagues all over the world. Ours is a company that believes that Nigerians, with relevant qualification, should be able to compete in the industry anywhere.
“The gain is that the trainees, apart from being well-trained, will ultimately stand the chance of being employed in our ship-building projects, while others with the upgrade modern knowledge in welding should be able to work for reputable companies all over the world.
Ajube, while welcoming the Samsung Heavy Industries team to the centre, said he was glad the centre had been so honoured by a reputable company like Samsung Heavy Industries and the achievements of Bradama over the last three years, had certified it a reputable training centre, not only in Nigeria, but in Africa.
“We are pleased to have the Samsung Heavy Industries’ team at the centre and we are optimistic that the arrangement will materialise and I will be happy to see our trained graduates working for established companies like Samsung Heavy Industries in the nearest future,” Ajube stated.
Trainees of the centre, who spoke to journalists, said they are happy at the kind of training they receive at the centre and praised the management of the centre for being up-to-date in their allowances; while they also applaud the facilities available at the centre.
Preye Francis, a trainee at the centre, said some ex-militants, who went to Malaysia to acquire training in welding and fabrication, confessed that their trainings were no where near what was available at Bradama and they are trying to reapply to be trained at Bradama.
“I am sure things will get better when Samsung Heavy Industries comes in and add to our knowledge,” Francis noted.
Samsung Heavy Industries has successfully completed diverse projects with the aim of securing global leadership in various sectors including shipbuilding, offshore, energy & infra-solution, power and control systems, wind energy.
It was established on August 5, 1974 with 13, 185 employees as at December 31, 2012.
Most notably, it has achieved unbeatable leadership in the hi-tech high-value ship-building sector by maintaining the world’s No. 1 share in the drill ship, ultra-large container ship, LNG carrier and FPSO markets.
The company has developed and built the first Arctic Shuttle-Tanker and LNG-FPSOs in the world, and has pioneered new market developments by developing innovative products such as LNG-FSRU, and various ships for polar applications, Arctic Ice-Breaker Container Ships.
In the offshore facilities sector, the company has fortified its reputation through its excellent technology and rich experience, by successfully delivering the world’s largest semi-submerged offshore drilling platform.

Via tribune
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