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Shell assures communities of participation on projects

Written by Festus Ahon   

Monday, 22 September 2008
The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has expressed its readiness to  continue to encourage the full participation of  host communities in project identification, planning, execution, maintenance and monitoring in its program of Sustainable Community Development (SCD).Community Relations Manager, SPDC, Mr. Don Ovberedjo,who gave the assurance in his address at the hand over of renovated three-classroom blocks and constructed toilets and a mini water project to Owholomu Primary School, Olomoro, Isoko South Local Government, Delta State, pointed out that three facilities which were part of their Community Development initiative were completed in  June this year at the cost of over N5.6million. 

According to him, the SPDC Joint Venture had in April this year handed over the Olomoro Civic Centre and a three-classroom block and expressed satisfaction over the way and manner the community had managed the projects.

He said; “SPDC Joint Venture’s belief in dialogue and mutual trust as critical elements of our stakeholder relationship management process. While we will always strive to discharge our obligations to host communities, we would in turn implore them to adopt dialogue and non-violence in resolving any areas of disagreement.

For our part, we will continue to listen to our stakeholders, and will always leave our doors open to any individual or group that have viable suggestion on how the relationship with our host communities can be improved.”

Ovberedjo maintained that the SPDC Joint Ventures Sustainable community Development (SDC) initiative, which provides the current framework for their community delivery.

He held that one of the objectives of SDC program was the empowerment of the communities through collaborative development opportunities with special interest on developing the capacity of community people for self-employment.

He disclosed that SPDC had implemented various projects under the initiatives, including micro credit schemes and skills acquisition programmes and said members of the Olomoro community have benefited from some of the programmes.

President General, Olomoro Development Union (ODU), Mr. Isaac Otuada said the  Olomoro community has nothing to show for the fact that the  35 oil wells it with a production capacity of over 100,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

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