1 March 2012
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has expressed concern at the level of environmental pollution in the Niger Delta, challenging multinational oil company, Shell Petroleum to take measures to maintain the integrity of the pipelines and check oil spills arising from its operations.
The President was speaking when he received a delegation of Shell, led by Mr. Malcolm Brinded, out-going Executive Director, Upstream International, who came on a farewell visit to State House, Thursday.
He also challenged Shell Petroleum to actively participate in the Federal Government’s efforts at infrastructural development, especially power supply: “Shell is the leading oil company in Nigeria, and we expect you to join our effort to build more power plants, so that the economy can grow, and provide more jobs for our youth”, adding that the amnesty programme had provided a platform for training of more youths, and they will need jobs.
The President said the Nigerian Local Content law had enabled increased utilization of local products and manpower, but said there was room for improvement.