The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has distributed N14 million to 35 graduates of its 2017 Regional LiveWIRE entrepreneurial programme.
The cheques for the money were distributed on Friday in Effurun, Delta state.
Each of the beneficiaries of the programme got N400,000 as business start-up grant.
In his address of welcome, the General Manager, External Relations of SPDC, Mr Igo Weli, said the youth enterprise development programme was launched in 2003 and has produced 6,687 Niger Delta entrepreneurs.
Weli who was represented by the SPDC Infrastructural Manager, Mr John Uduaghan, said the programme was targeted at communities to inspire, encourage and support youth to start their own businesses or expand existing ones.