Shell to commit $10m take-off fund to Ogoni clean-up

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Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria has said it will continue to support the cleanup process of Ogoni communities in Rivers State, adding that it had released U.S.$10 million take-off fund to the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Agency.

The oil firm further expressed its commitment to the remediation of oil impacted spots in the area.

SPDC General Manager, Internal Relations, Mr. Igo Weli, explained that funds that would be used for the clean-up of Ogoniland would be available based on the Joint Venture and budgeting process with the Federal Government.

Weli spoke while briefing journalists in Port-Harcourt on Saturday, added that while the Federal Government through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation would make available 55 percent, Shell would provide 30 percent.

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.

Igo assured that “SPDC JV remains fully committed to continue supporting and contributing its share within the appropriate framework and governance structures.

“We encourage all relevant stakeholders to also remain committed to contributing their share.”

Explaining that the actual clean had not begun because the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Project also known as HYPREP was still expected to present a programme for the exercise, Weli stated that the situation had nothing to do with lack of funds.

 

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