Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) has pledged its support to the clean-up process of Ogoni communities in Rivers State, adding that it had released $10 million take-off fund to the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Agency, HYPREP.
This was revealed in Port Harcourt by the firm’s General Manager, External Relations, Mr. Igo Weli, at an interactive session with the media on the Ogoni clean-up project saying that the recommendation by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) encouraged a multi-stakeholder efforts driven by the Federal Government.
He said that 15 SPDC JV sites, specifically mentioned in the report that needed attention, had been remediated in the communities and certified by government, adding that the firm had also raised its standard on remediation approaches in line with industry best practices.
He added that the oil company will continue to play its role alongside other stakeholders under a transparent governance framework and urged other relevant stakeholders to also remain committed to contributing their share.
“SPDC JV remains fully committed to continue supporting and contributing its share within the appropriate framework and governance structures,” he declared.
“We encourage all relevant stakeholders to also remain committed to contributing their share.”