Port Harcourtâ€”In it bid to sustain good relationship with its host communities, Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC,Â has rewarded all non-violent and accommodating host communities with prizes.
In selecting the best communities, SPDC said it considered â€œthe average ease of obtaining freedom to operate, good performance in terms of providing an enabling environment for Shell staff to work, number of sabotage as well asÂ heads/pipelines vandalism, denials of Shell access to spill sites, amongt others.”
About nine communities emerged from the Ogoni area, and Port Harcourt I and II. In Ogoni, Bodo came first while in Eleme Local Government Area, l Ogale and Akpajo came second and third respectively.
In Port Harcourt I, Umuebele community emerged first, while Umueke and Mbodo Aluu came second and third. Umuoye made it to the first position, Ibu West second and Igiriukwu came third in the Port Harcourt II zone.
Speaking while presenting the awards to the benefiting communities under Port Harcourt I, II and Ogoni, the SPDCâ€™s Assets Manger, East, Mrs. Nene Onochie said the oil company had suffered terrible setbacks in some communities where it operates, while in others, there had been peaceful environment for the firm to operate.
Onochie explained that SPDC had to initiate the community peace role awards, where peace had reigned to encourage the communities.
â€œWe are impressed that Shell never had any blockade from the communities being rewarded today. They handled their grievances in a more civilized manner. Once they have an issue, they recognized it, organise themselves, inform Shell and remain supportive and cooperative.
â€œThis is Shellâ€™s little way of saying thank you to the communities that have remained peaceful and supportive of our operation. This is likely to encourage hostile communities to change their attitude towards SPDC,â€ she said.