The Country Manager of Chevron Liberia, Carl Cotrall, has urged Liberian youth to take full advantage of every vocational opportunity that comes their way in order to compete with other youth around the world.

Mr. Cotrall spoke during the official grant signing ceremony between Chevron-Liberia and the Liberian Opportunity and Industrial Corporation (LOIC) for the rehabilitation of the Buchanan Satellite Program held at the Central offices of the LOIC in Monrovia.

The two institutions signed a grant of US$250,000 for the rehabilitation and opening of the Buchanan Satellite Program of the LOIC.

 According to him, as part of their social corporate responsibility, their goal is not to only train Liberians, but also get them capacitated so that they can be contributing members of society.

 At present, there is a need for Liberians to develop their skills up to international standards, be it in welding, masonry or electricity so that they can be competitive to compete for jobs that are being offered in the country.  

The Chevron-Liberia Country Manager also admonished the LOIC administration to safety programs so that students graduating can have opportunities to compete in the jobs’ market.

 Also speaking, the Executive Director of the LOIC, Solomon King, said the US$250,000 grant; as part of Chevron corporate social responsibility, will be used for the rehabilitation of the Buchanan Satellite Program, which according to him, was closed three years ago.

 The LOIC Executive Director noted that the Buchanan program facility was in a dilapidated state and needed revamping as well as getting its instructional staff back to kick-off the program for youth of that county.

According to him, the government will also be complimenting the Chevron grant with another US$250.000 in order to equip the facility with modern vocational educational equipment in various disciplines offered so that students can have access to a modern learning facility.

Mr. King indicated that they have currently recruited over two hundred students who will be undergoing training in carpentry, masonry, electricity, plumbing, shoes-making and weaving.

 The Chairman of the LOIC Board, Joseph Duwor, used the opportunity to call on development partners to continue their support especially for the empowerment of females.

The LOIC Board Chair further urged the LOIC administration to prioritize girls’ education mainly in vocational education so that they too can contribute to nation-building.