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Shell Nigeria begins CSR programmes across the country

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Babatunde Alaran

It is part of the company’s responsibility to impact the lives of society and to create a valued environment that is profitable to overall the company’s growth and that of its suburbs. However, this part of development, is to share amenities equally within business, employees and stakeholders

Also, it is not even a reversed progression, but corporate social responsibility, CSR agenda are fairly consistent across the corporate world and that is why many more companies around the world have incorporated CSR as a critical part of their core operations. One of such companies that prioritizes sustainability development in its operations is Shell Petroleum Development Corporation (SPDC).
Shell Nigeria is an arm of the multinational oil corporation Shell Corporation operating under the entities Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Nigeria Limited, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO), and Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG). It has had a presence in Nigeria since its foundation by Royal Dutch/Shell Group in 1936 and has been involved in onshore and offshore exploration and production of oil and natural gas (Shell, 2011).
The company’s operations spread out within the Niger Delta (Nigeria) and constituting the Group’s international supply chain comprise 6000km of flow pipeline networks and stations, oil fields and producing wells, gas plants, and two major export terminals (Royal Dutch Shell, 2012a; OPEC, 2011).

But due to the general lack of infrastructure and development projects provided by respective governments in the Niger Delta, SPDC has often stepped in and acted in lieu of government. “We have a strong focus on community development,” former SPDC MD Mutiu Sunmonu stated.
SPDC’s community development focus has shifted in recent years, he continued. “In the past we were heavily involved in the provision of infrastructure in the communities. We were building roads, schools, clinics and providing portable water. Though these are typical areas for government intervention, we stepped into the gap to help in improving the standard of living of local communities.”
“We are now involving more and more development partners to help in addressing community needs. Specific community development programs include our micro credit scheme and health scheme,” SPDC MD said in an earlier interview.

In 2006, in order to deepen its CSR strategy as well as ensure better impact and inclusivity, SPDC introduced a new means of involving communities directly in their own development through a framework called Global Memorandum of Understanding program or GMoU. The GMoU entails communities proposing development projects to SPDC, on behalf of its JV partners. SPDC also provides community project leaders with access to development experts and NGOs that can assist them realize their aims.

Under the terms of the GMoUs, the SPDC JV provides secure five-year funding for communities to implement development projects of their choice, which are managed by Cluster Development Boards (CDBs) under the guidance of mentoring NGOs. Projects include power supply improvement, construction of market stalls, sanitation, water supply improvements and community centres. Since the implementation of the GMoU SPDC has recorded tremendous CSR achievement across diverse areas of human endeavors.

The framework has been innovatively applied to ensure that CSR investment are deployed to have maximum impact on host communities and drive impactful socio-economic changes. Some of the major sustainability projects that have been embarked upon by the multinational oil and gas company include:

Enterprise Development

LiveWIRE is Shell’s flagship youth enterprise development programme that provides training and finance to young people between the ages of 18-35 to start their own businesses. Launched in Nigeria in 2003, this programme enables young entrepreneurs to convert their bright ideas into sustainable businesses creating wider employment and income opportunities for communities.
Two hundred and thirty people were trained in 2017. To date, the LiveWIRE programme has trained 6,780 Niger Delta youth in enterprise development and management, and provided business start-up grants to 3,493.
In November 2017, the Shell LiveWIRE programme launched a global competition called the ‘Top Ten Innovators Awards’. The competition, open to alumni of Shell LiveWIRE, aimed to create role models for other young entrepreneurs, and demonstrate that innovation supports growth and job creation. Two former Nigerian Shell LiveWIRE entrepreneurs received merit awards of $5,000 (N1.51 million3) each in recognition of their innovative and creative ideas.

Education

Shell Companies in Nigeria have a long history of supporting education through scholarships and other initiatives. Since inception in the 1950s, the Shell scholarship scheme has supported several thousands of “Shell Scholars” many of whom are among today’s captains of industry, thought leaders, traditional rulers, and officials of various arms of government. In 2017, $5.2 million (N1.57 million33) was invested in scholarships by The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited operated Joint Venture (SPDC JV) and SNEPCo. Grants were awarded to 540 secondary school students and 599 university undergraduates in 2017. Shell Companies in Nigeria have awarded 8,192 secondary and 5,034 university educational grants between 2011 and 2017. This includes 185 secondary school scholarships to people with special needs and physical challenges.

Cradle-to-Career Scholarships

Both the SPDC JV and SNEPCo continue to invest in the Cradle-to-Career scholarship programme, which pays for children from rural communities to attend some of the country’s top secondary schools. Since 2010, a total of 480 students have received Cradle-to-Career scholarships from the SPDC JV, which targets pupils from the Niger Delta. A national version of the programme was expanded to the entire country by SNEPCo in 2014, which has benefited 268 students mostly from public primary schools.

Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG) and Schools

SNG also recognises that education is a critical need for communities residing in the areas of its operations and supports efforts to provide a positive learning environment for students and teachers.
To this end, in 2016, the company donated a block of five classrooms, a stand-alone toilet facility, school water system, upgraded football field, and renovated five blocks of 19 classrooms for shared use by the African Church Community Secondary School and the co-located Ebenezer African Church Primary School in Ewupe. The donation was the first phase of SNG’s investment in the community, which host the company’s facilities in the Ota area of Ogun State.

University Scholarships

A lack of world class research institutions and limited access to technology are key challenges in enabling Nigerians and Nigerian companies to play an even greater role in the oil and gas value chain. Therefore, Shell Companies in Nigeria, through scholarships and partnerships with universities, focus on promoting educational advancement and the pursuit of academic excellence for Nigerians.
The SPDC JV awards scholarships under two broad categories: the National Merit Award, which is open to every first year Nigerian undergraduate; and the Areas of Operation Merit Award, which specifically targets students from communities where SPDC operates. More than 20,000 applications are received every year from prospective candidates in Nigerian universities. At a post-graduate level, the SPDC JV Niger Delta Post Graduate scholarship programme has benefited 69 individuals since it was introduced in 2010. More details on this programme can be found in the Nigerian Content Development section.

In 2017, SNEPCo launched its first Post Graduate Scholarship Award programme for qualifying applicants nationwide to further their education in courses that are relevant to the oil and gas industry, with specific focus on Geotechnical Engineering and Hydrography. Three scholarships were awarded for a one-year Master’s Degree programme in partnership with three UK universities – the University of Birmingham, Newcastle University and Plymouth University – for the academic year commencing 2017.

Shell Professorial Chair Programme

Another highly regarded initiative sponsored by Shell Companies in Nigeria that supports learning and research at a tertiary level is the Shell Professorial Chair Programme.

The SPDC JV has endowed six active Professorial Chairs at the following Nigerian universities: Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Nigeria in Nsukka, University of Port Harcourt, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, University of Uyo and the Federal University of Petroleum Resources in Effurun (FUPRE). The Chairs are in the fields of Geophysics, Petroleum Engineering, Mechanical Engineering,

Youth Skills Development

Shell Companies in Nigeria also strive to develop youth in their host communities by equipping them with the appropriate tools and skills necessary for jobs.
To mark Nigeria’s centenary anniversary, SPDC and its JV Partners donated a modern public library to the Port Harcourt Literary Society in November 2016. Equipped with books, internet access and reliable power supply it is expected that the library, to which SPDC JV contributed around $5 million (N1.58 billion4), will deliver significant benefits and positively impact the lives of many residents of Port Harcourt.

Access to Energy Initiatives

#makethefuture

In 2016 Shell launched an educational public service campaign in Nigeria as part of a global effort to encourage debate on how a rapidly expanding world population can meet its energy needs. The campaign, titled #makethefuture featured events such as music video launches at Africa’s first human and solar-powered football pitch at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka in Lagos. The traditional football pitch was transformed by Shell in 2015 using more than 90 underground tiles that capture kinetic energy created by the movement of players. This bright energy idea allows students to play at night using floodlights powered both by kinetic energy and solar panels and provides a safer and more secure space in the heart of the community. In 2017 Shell unveiled the next chapter of its #makethefuture campaign by leveraging the power of music to draw people’s attention around access to energy. Nigerian music icon, Yemi Alade, joined other international stars to launch Shell’s new music video ‘On Top of the World’ which highlighted a diverse range of energy initiatives around the world.

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Why Amosun Rejected My Resignation – Ojuko

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The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has rejected the resignation of appointment by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko, saying the Commissioner remain part of his cabinet till the end of his administration.

Ojuko, who made the disclosure at a press briefing in his office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, he said, the issues surrounding his earlier resignation were already being looked into, adding that contents of the letter were construed and misinterpreted.

“That letter was a love letter between two lovers. I love my Governor and my Governor loves me. In view of this development, I am now back at my desk and wish to place on record that the issues surrounding my earlier resignation are being looked into”, Ojuko stated.

He stated further that issues of Ota/Awori traditional council was quite different to what prompted him resigned earlier, noting that his resignation has nothing to do with that of traditional council.

While fielding questions from Journalists, he said those Ota/Awori traditional council were reacting to some anomalies being meted out to them by Egbas by installing an Egba man as their one of their monarch or Baale in their domain.

“You see, it is imperative to react accordingly that’s what the Ota/Awori traditional council did, but my own case is quite different because it has to do with politics, now that you can see that it was two different things entirely”‎, Ojuko said

He appreciated the governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun for his quick intervention and Ota/Awori traditional council for their understanding, praying for peaceful resolution of the matter.

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Lagos Lawmaker Ogunyemi Bags Distinguished Alumnus Award From AOCOED

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Byumuah Abiodun
The lawmaker representing Ojo State Constituency 2 in the Lagos State House of Assembly and Chairman, House Committee on Education, Honourable Lanre Ogunyemi was recently honoured by his alma matta, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Otto-Ijanikin.
He bagged the Distinguished Alumnus Award during the institution’s convocation which took place recently.
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Gbajabiamila Is On Course To Become Speaker ….Tunji-Ojo

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Chairman of the First Timers Forum in the soon to be inaugurated 9th House of Representatives, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo has described the report of adoption of Hon. Umaru Bago by 156 Reps elect as untrue and a mere wishful thinking. Tunji-Ojo said he could confidently assert that absolute loyalty of all the 203 ‘first timers’ in the House to the speakership ambition of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila is never in doubt.

Tunji-Ojo said that all the 203 elected ‘first timers’ in the House of Representatives would not only strive for the emergence of Gbajabiamila, but would also insist on an open ballot for the election of presiding officers of the 9th National Assembly in June.

Tunji-Ojo added, “We are seriously agitating for open ballot. Our people should also be able to know our position on any national issue. It is ideal for the beauty of democracy and for the preservation of the hallowed chamber, the open ballot should be given a place of priority in our process.”

Tunji-Ojo also described the claim of the Bago’s camp as refreshing comedy that could only be dignified with hearty laughter. He said, “As the Chairman of First Timers Forum, I can confidently assure that all our 203 members are with Hon. Gbajabiamila. We have our records, strategy and obtained loyal commitment from members. With all these, I am overly confident that Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila is very much on course to become the Speaker of the 9th House”.

It will be recalled that 156 Representatives elect were reported to have declared support for the member representing Chanchanga Federal Constituency of Niger State, Honourable Umaru Mohammed Bago to become Speaker of the 9th House. The meeting where the endorsement took place was said to have been held at a location in Gwarimpa, Abuja early on Saturday, May 18.

Meanwhile, the report of rising support for Hon. Bago has been dismissed by the camp of Hon. Gbajabiamila who is the preferred candidate of the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC). Moreso, the Gbajabiamila’s camp had said that nothing concrete was realistically on ground in the opposition camp to stop the member representing Surulere Federal Constituency of Lagos State from becoming the Speaker of the 9th House.

“Politics of who becomes the next Speaker of the House is favourably titling towards the direction of the House Leader, Hon. Gbajabiamila. Although, we are not leaving anything to chance and we will continue to reach out to those that are yet to join our camp. Be as it may, this for us, is a task that must be achieved”, said Tunji-Ojo.

 

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