A team of experts from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in Asia visited Nigeria on Thursday to inspect Bradama Skill Works Limited, a professional welding and metal fabrication plant located in Ondo State which has graduated hundreds of ex-militants in professional programmes and presently has above three hundred ex-militants working as trainees.
Chief Bibopere Ajube, the MD, C.E.O, Bradama Skill Works Limited, said: ” I realised these brothers of mine need to have livelihoods so I built this hostel and the acquisition center to make them have what to do with the rest of their lives.
“You can’t take a man to the sea and leave him to drown there, if he makes it out alive, trouble looms. We must engage our people after training them, that is the way they can fend for themselves and become patriotic.”
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.
Most notably, it has achieved unbeatable leadership in the high-tech, high-value shipbuilding sector by maintaining the world’s No. 1 share in the drill ship, ultra-large container ship, LNG carrier and floating production, storage and offloading facility (FPSO) markets. The company has developed and built the first Arctic Shuttle-Tanker and LNG-FPSOs in the world.
SHI through its Nigerian subsidiary recently acquired a $3bn order from a Nigerian firm to build a FPSO facility in the country.
SHI was awarded the Igini Gas plant project and it will need to train and employ over 1000 technical staff members. SHI said its principal objective was to support the Federal Government with the amnesty program designed to empower and re-integrate the ex-militants into the public by engaging both current trainees and graduated ones when the construction works commence.
The team will observe another round of inspection next month before the construction kicks off and an estimated 1000 ex-militants would be recruited as part of the workforce to deliver the contract.