Shell has urged Nigerian youths to embrace peace and shun vandalism in order to promote conducive environment for its operations and operations of other oil producing companies in the Niger Delta region.
Speaking in Lagos at a reception organized for some youths who were sponsored by Shell to train with Dutch Club, Feyernood FC, the General Manager, External Relations, Shell Nigeria, Mr. Igo Weli, stated that “part of our job is to provide enabling environment for the youths to expressed their talents. But we can achieve this in a stable and conducive environment where peace reigns.
“You can do as much as social investment as your business permits. Everything goes back to enabling business environment without willfully destroying values. We see improvement in oil production, discussion and negotiation still ongoing but we wish the industry operates at normal level.”
He argued that Shell believes that youth can combine education with sport. “We have ongoing commitment to youth development, we will sustain it and see that the dreams of our youths come alive. We have built a library in Port Harcourt to be commissioned soon,” he said.
In 2015, Shell emerged best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Innovation company at Social Enterprise Report and Awards (SERAs).
The company was among the 62 shortlisted and the panel, which included experts from United Kingdom, U.S. and Nigeria, based their assessment on outcome of field visits and verification of data.
Shell companies in Nigeria have undertaken several social investment projects in Nigeria, focusing on community and enterprise development, education, sport and health.
Much of it was done in partnership with Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
“In 2014, Shell operated ventures contributed to the NDDC as required by law. Some $112 million was directly invested by SPDC JV and SNEPCo in social investment projects.
“Collectively, this made Nigeria the largest concentration of social investment spending in the Shell Group,” the company stated.