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The Tide (Nigeria): Shell earmarks N445m for host communities development

Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has earmarked an annual N445 million for the development of its host communities in DAA3 Cluster of Degema, Akuku-Toru and Asari-Toru Local Government areas of Rivers State.

The amount is expected to be paid annually for a period of five years with effect from this year and in three installments of N148.3 million per installment, payable in every February, June and November. But signatories to the account should be the respective host communities’ CDB, Rivers State Government representative and SPDC representative.

SPDC Sustainable Community Development Manager, Mr. Emmanuel Etomi made this known at the signing ceremony of the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) between SPDC and DAA3 Cluster, held in Port Harcourt.

According to him, the GMoU model represents a new paradigm in SPDC’s efforts to continuously improve its community interface, management process and practice.

In his speech, the Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Deacon Clapton Ogolo, who was represented by Deaconess Daniel-Kalio commended the efforts of SPDC in involving the communities in the development of their areas.

The commissioner charged the communities to judiciously use the sum for the even development of their respective communities, and cautioned them against misuse of the money. He also urged them to create a conducive peaceful environment for SPDC operations to thrive.

On behalf of DAA3 Cluster, Chief Iworima Brown thanked SPDC for its gesture and for keeping to the agreement as contained in the GMoU.
• Monday, Feb 26, 2007

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