SHELL NIGERIA ORGANISES YOUTH SUMMIT TO TACKLE VANDALISM

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[SPDC]–The Shell Petroleum Development Company on Wednesday organized a youth based summit to tackle vandalization of its properties.

Sam Ezugwuorie, the Asset Manager, Land East Hub, while speaking  in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Port Harcourt, Rivers State said that the summit, which was organised for  120 youths, is aimed at reducing attacks on its oil and gas facilities, adding  that SPDC was concerned by current activities of vandals on its pipelines and wellheads, which often led to oil spillage and environmental pollution.

He said, “This summit is focused on building and sustaining relationship with our youths as well as empowering them with the virtues of hard work for the overall benefit of their families, communities, state and the nation.

“SPDC as a responsible company is poised to partner with its host communities in a collaborative manner for preservation of our environment which is more important to the company than revenue.

“The intent is that this summit would grow and then youths of our host communities would become ambassadors who will in turn enlighten other youths in the protection and preservation of the environme.

“This summit is focused on building and sustaining relationship with our youths as well as empowering them with the virtues of hard work for the overall benefit of their families, communities, state and the nation.

“SPDC as a responsible company is poised to partner with its host communities in a collaborative manner for preservation of our environment which is more important to the company than revenue.

SPDC’s Manager, Production Unit, Imo River, Amadi Collins however  said that in spite several enlightenment programmes organised by the company to expose youths to dangers associated with attacks on its facilities, some had remained adamant, adding that this has cost the company a huge revenue.

Amadi said, “more worrisome is the fact that some communities have turned our facilities to refuse dump and faeces sites.

“These prevents the facilities from performing optimally, thus leading to loss in revenue.”

Some of the 120 youths, who comprises of youths from SPDC’s host communities and Students Union Executives of five tertiary institutions across the company’s Land Eastern Operation, said that most of vandalisms were due to unemployment and recession in the country.

Also speaking Atuegbu,a student union leader of Rivers State University of Science and Technology, called on youths to have a change of heart, stating that illegal bunkering and pipeline vandalism endanger the environment and expose victim to serious health risks.

Oroma Ereh, an indigene of Aluu community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, who was also one of the participants, called for expansion of the programme to enable more youths to participate and be exposed to activities aimed at protecting the environment.




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