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Vanguard (Nigeria): Rivers govt disowns SPDC over statement

Written by George Onah, Port Harcourt    
Saturday, 15 March 2008 

The Rivers State Government has disowned the Shell Petroleum  Development Company, SPDC, over a statement allegedly  credited to the government that it had directed the company  to secure oil wells in Ogoniland.

An online statement signed by the Director of Press Affairs  to the Governor, Ogbonna Nwuke, said the state government  was not in any position to give such directives to Shell  but that it was the responsibility of the Federal  Government to do so when the need arises.

“The attention of the Rivers State Government has been  drawn to a statement credited to Shell Petroleum  Development Company entitled “SPDC secures wells in  Ogoniland”.
In it, the company claimed it has been directed by the  Rivers State Government to resume its operations which have  been halted in the Ogoni areas in the last 15 years.

We have had cause to study the said statement and we are  shocked that SPDC in exercising great indiscretion in this  matter would want to arrogate to the Rivers State  Government, a responsibility that fully falls within the  purview of the Federal Government.” and its also non-profit sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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