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The Tide Online (Nigeria): Shell partners FBOs on N’Delta dev.

Monday, Jun 18, 2007

In a bid to establish a common platform for partnership with stakeholders in the Development of the Niger Delta region, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, has called for a strategic and sustained collaboration with the faith-based organisation in the state.

SPDC External Affairs Director, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, who made the call last Thursday in Port Harcourt during a seminar for Faith-Based Organisations, emphasized the need for such partnership which she said is geared towards accelerating sustainable development, prosperity and peaceful co-existence of the company and host communities in the region.

According to her, absence of peace and causes of most of the instability in the region have been anchored on three major factors which include, unfulfilled aspirations for political recognition and influence, poverty, total neglect and criminality, and stressed that these have manifested in the acts of extortion and crude theft, sabotage of oil production facilities, hostage -taking and general threat to life and property.

The seminar titled, “Partnering with Stakeholders for the Development of the Niger Delta-fitting,” was aimed at collaborating with the Faith-By-Seed Organisations in opening up a new channel that would enhance the flow of suggestions and measures for Shell to meet its shared vision and aspiration toward the sustainable development of the Niger Delta region, Mrs. Alison-Madueke asserted.

In their remarks, the faith-based organisations assured SPDC of their willingness to collaborate in the pursuit of its laudable aspiration toward the development of the region saying that the message of peace and harmony among stakeholders in the oil and gas business would be disseminated in their various religious outfits.

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