We remitted $1.8bn to NDDC – SPDC



Ovie Okpare, Warri

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria has said it has contributed a total sum of 1.8 billion dollars as parts of its statutory funding to the Niger Delta Development Commission between 2002 till date for the development of the Niger Delta region.

It also disclosed that it had contributed 29 billion dollars to the federal government between 2012 and 2016.

The External Relations Manager, SPDC, Igo Weli, stated this at a three-day programme titled “2017 Swamp West Integrated Stakeholders Engagement Forum”  for its host communities of Ogulagha, Ogunu, Iduwini, Ojobo, Escravos/Otumara and Saghara cluster communities in Delta State.

Weli, who was represented by the SPDC’s Community Interface Manager, Mr. Evans Krukrubo said the forum was designed to seek the corporation of the host communities towards stopping the activities of illegal oil refiners as well as the destruction of oil facilities in the region.

He lamented that despite its huge contribution towards the development of the region, its operation in recent years has not enjoyed peaceful environment owning to the destruction of oil facilities across the region.

Weli explained that many of the issues of environmental degradation in the region were as a result of illegal refineries, attacks on oil installations and unabated massive crude oil theft.

According to him, “Between 2012 and 2016, SPDC has contributed a total of 29 billion dollars. We have also contributed 1.8 billion dollars as part of our three per cent statutory contribution to the funding of the NDDC. In spite of all this we still face challenges of destruction of our facilities, thus the need for this meeting.



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