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Nigeria: Shell Donates U.S.$1 Million to Flood Relief Fund

By Juliet Alohan, 26 October 2012

In a bid to help alleviate the plight of flood victims, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) has donated $1 million towards relief efforts in support of flood displaced persons in 24 states across the country.

The cash donation, according to a statement yesterday by the company’s spokesperson, Tony Okonedo, is part of Shell’s support programme to the international federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, in conjunction with the Nigerian Red Cross Society, towards effective post flood disaster relief operations in Nigeria.

“The support will be enhanced by funds collected through an ongoing employee donation programme, in which the company will match contributions by its staff,” the statement said.

“We are deeply touched by the stories and images of the hardship the floods have brought upon our brothers and sisters in many parts of the country and our thoughts and prayers are with all affected persons at this most difficult time. I’m also happy that staff are voluntarily contributing to the employee donation programme we launched for the flood victims,” SPDC’s managing director, Mutiu Sunmonu, said.

He explained that the planned support operations with the Red Cross will cover areas including relief management, camp coordination and management, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, healthcare, emergency shelter, and psychosocial support as well as risk reduction.

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