Shell Personel in Niger Delta

Mr Igo Weli, the General Manager, External Relations of Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC last week revealed that the company with its joint venture partners has so far disbursed the sum of N1.88 Billion to clusters of host communities in the Niger Delta region under its Global Memorandum of Understanding, GMOU.

Weli revealed this during the “2018 Shell in Nigeria Briefing Note “presentation in Warri, Delta State. Speaking during the occasion, he said the cluster communities apart from the funds also benefitted from various welfare and development programmes initiated for them by Shell and its partners.

He also added that Shell will be supporting the Federal University of Petroleum Resources PUTRE at Effurun, Delta State by the establishment of a Professorial Chair in the institution to showcase its presence in the region. The chair will be in lightweight automobile, and engine development.

GMOU communities are the host communities to shell operations and their infrastructures in the Niger Delta to whom Shell has done a lot for to alleviate the Suffering of the people and elevate their standard of living. For instance, the oil giant has donated N60 million facilities to five public schools under its Youths, Sports and Athletics Development Project, (YSADP) to mark Nigeria’s centenary anniversary.

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According to Weli “those projects show our continuous presence and interest in the development of the Delta. While Shell divested from a number of assets in Delta in line with our business strategy and in support of the participation of more Nigerian companies in oil and gas, we are still active in the state.

“SPDC is operating Forcados Terminal, flow stations; gas plants and a network of pipelines. ‘The GMOU funding covers three clusters in Delta since inception in 2006 and the cluster development board like their counterpart in other of Niger Delta are implementing education and health projects among others” he stressed.

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Weli also disclosed that no fewer than 700 men and women had benefitted from SPDC LiveWire Initiative between 2013 and 2017 in Delta state alone. Also, a total of 160 students from Delta have received the SPDC Cradle to Career scholarships awards since 2010.

While reiterating the determination and desire of SPDC to continue to support development efforts in the region especially in the host communities these efforts will amount to nothing if there is no peace and co-operation in the communities. He, therefore, call for support and the continued sustenance of peace currently existing in the region today.