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Shell disburses N1.88b to communities in Delta

By Edeki Igafe

The Shell Petroleum Development Company
(SPDC) Joint Venture, has said that it disbursed a total of N1.88 billion to the
Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) clusters in Delta.

Mr. Igo Weli,
General Manager, External Relations of 
SPDC disclosed
this during the “2018 
Shell in NigeriaBriefing
Note,” presentation in Warri, on Thursday. 

The GMoU clusters are communities selected from Local Government Areas
as advised by the state government.

Weli said, “SPDC operated Joint
Venture has implemented wide ranging projects in Delta, disbursing a total of
N1.88 billion to GMoU clusters.’’

He said the oil multinational was
also establishing a Professorial Chair at the Federal University of Petroleum
Resources (FUPRE) in Effurun, to justify its active presence in
Delta. He added that SPDC had
donated N60 million facilities to five public schools under its Youth
Sports and Athletics Development Project (YSADP)
to mark the Nigeria’s centenary anniversary.

 “Those projects show our continuous presence
and interest in the development of Delta. “While SPDC 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 counterparts in other parts of Niger
Delta are implementing health and educational projects among
others,’’ he said.

He said the Professorial Chair in Light
Weight Automobile Engine Development activated in FUPRE in December
2017 was aimed at contributing to the growth of local content in
the Nigerian automobile industry.

He explained that no fewer than
700 men and women had benefitted from the SPDC’s LiveWIRE initiative
between 2003 and 2017 in Delta. According to him, “A total of 160 students from
Delta have received the SPDC flagship
Cradle-to-Career scholarship awards since 2010.’’

Weli equally expressed SPDC JV’s
willingness to continue to contribute its quota to the development of its host
communities in collaboration with other stakeholders. He, however, appealed to
the host communities to create the right environment to attract and sustain
investment in Niger/Delta.

He warned that any form of violence
and pipeline vandalism would only impede development in the state.

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