By Prince Okafor
The administration of Shell Petroleum Growth Firm of Nigeria, SPDC, has disclosed that it doesn’t have any formal report of its workers members or contractors concerned in pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft.
That is coming towards the backdrop of a analysis carried out by Dutch Environmental Group, Milieudefensie, at Ikarama, a small neighborhood located inside Yenogoa Native Authorities Space in Bayelsa State.
The report disclosed that the staff of Shell Nigeria, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, orchestrate vandalism of oil pipelines to profit from the cash spent on the clean-up operations.
In line with the group, Ikarama, the centre of the analysis, has recorded 30 oil spills within the final 13 years.
The report said that staff of SPDC recruited native youths to sabotage pipelines, after which employed them again as employees to wash up the mess and that almost all of the leaks in Ikarama have been the results of directions given by Shell Nigeria staff.
Whereas citing statements offered to police and Ikarama Youth Council by witnesses and people which have benefited, the assertion said that: “The profit made from the cleaning operations was split between SPDC employees and the youths.”
The report additionally disclosed that Shell officers and the Dutch ambassador to Nigeria have been made conscious of the matter by native leaders in 2018, however didn’t act on these warnings.
However in a swift response, SPDC spokesperson, Bamidele Odugbesan, in an e-mail response to Vanguard, said that “SPDC doesn’t have any formal report of the named SPDC workers members or contractors concerned in pipeline vandalism or crude oil theft.
“The corporate, like different Shell companies globally, investigates all credible stories it receives of misconduct or unethical behaviour, and takes strong motion the place proof exists.
“It has a number of methods the general public can report allegations of wrongdoing by anybody working for SPDC, together with a 24/7 phone and e-mail helpline.
“It additionally displays its three way partnership services and any incident, or suspected felony actions, that are promptly reported to the regulators and authorities safety businesses for investigation and potential prosecution.
“All spills are assessed by a government-led joint investigation staff and, the place sabotage is established, the clean-up contract shouldn’t be awarded to contractors from the host neighborhood to make sure that potential accomplices don’t profit from such actions.
SPDC cleans up and remediates areas impacted by spills that come from its operations, regardless of the trigger.”
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