Monday, October 17, 2011

Netherlands govt, Shell to parley on N/Delta

17 September 2011

Netherlands govt, Shell to parley on N/Delta

BY Emma Amaize in The Netherlands
ROTTERDAM— FOLLOWING the outrage against Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, weekend, at an international conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, over its harsh operations in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, the Dutch Government has finally agreed to dialogue with the multinational oil company to amend its way.

Head, Horn of Africa, East and West Africa Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands, Mr. Michiel Bierkiens, stated this while reacting to criticism of Shell by Nigerians, Dutch citizens and other stakeholders at a one-day summit organised by the Hope for Niger-Delta Campaign, a non-governmental organisation, led by Mr. Sunny Ofehe in Rotterdam.

Strategic Business Manager, Shell, Mr. Barnabas Briggs, agreed that “pollution in the Niger Delta was wrong and a tragedy,” adding that Shell recognised the tragedy of oil exploration in Nigeria.

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