24 July 2011
The Deputy Managing Director of a wholly indigenous oil company, Moni Pulo Limited (MPL), Mrs. Solate Ovundah-Akarolo has said that giving cash to youths in the Niger Delta to pacify them rather than embarking on development projects or empowering the people will not solve the problem of the region.
The deputy managing director of MPL, in company with some top officials of the oil firm, stated this in
yesterday, during an interactive session with reporters tagged: “Media Mixer,” during which the company’s publication, titled: “The Good Neighbour “ was launched. Port Harcourt
She also disclosed that the oil firm had spent over $1 million on overseas (international) scholarships and N500 million on national scholarships for youths of its host communities in the Niger Delta.
Ovundah-Akarolo said that MPL does not pay ransom to kidnappers in order not to encourage criminality. He explained that the employees were always released after a few days in captivity upon discovering that the company belongs to a philanthropist, Chief Olu Lulu-Briggs, from
Kalabari Kingdom in . Rivers State