Igo Weli of Shell
An appeal has been made to Niger Delta youths and stakeholders in the Niger Delta region to refrain from taking certain hostile actions that would drive out investments from the region.
Rather, they are being urged to make the environment conducive for more investments to come in so as to benefit from such investments.
The General Manager External Relations, Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC Mr Igo Weli gave this advice at Shell Industrial area in Port Harcourt during the 2018 SPDC Joint Venture Environment Awareness Quiz Competition for community secondary schools in its host communities.
Weli said the rancour, negativity, adversaries and illicit actions by youths and stakeholders if not check is capable of driving out investments in the Niger Delta hence impeding development and progress.
According to Weli, the consequences of these hostile actions are that foreign companies and other investors will move to somewhere peaceful to operate.
Weli said “by our actions we the one to determine if the investors will come into the region to invest or not. There is illegal bunkering, illegal refining, pipeline vandalism, community disruptions and internal strife. How then do you expect investors to come into such environment?
Weli also revealed that even the provision of social amenities by the oil companies to their host communities are being hampered by incessant communities strife and restiveness.
He admonished the youths in the region to have a change of strategy and attitude towards the investors and investments in their communities by always engaging in peaceful dialogue as against violence and intimidation.
The lamentation of Weli might not be unconnected to the several fracases between various host communities and Shell especially in Rivers state over the complaint of neglect, marginalization and destruction of the environment without remediation.
Belema Shell Flow Station
One of the recent cases is that of Belema community against Shell which led to the occupation of shell flow station and gas facility since August 2017. The Belema host community grouse against Shell is the planned sale by Shell of their flow station and other assets in the community to another company without consulting them.
The community also alleged neglect and under development by Shell for more than 40 years of operation in the area. They alleged that Shell deliberately refused to implement the General Memorandum of Understanding GMOU signed between Shell and the communities in 2005.
Shell had since called for dialogue with the Belema communities to resolve the issue assuring them of their commitment in the development and progress of their area.