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IMO: Shell Petroleum Development Company inaugurates Host Community Development Trusts BoT Members 


 

Shell Petroleum Development Company has inaugurated the Host Community Development Trusts Board of Trustees for Imo State. 

The inauguration which took place in Owerri, was witnessed by traditional rulers, community leaders and people of Ohaji Egbema and Oguta Local Government Areas. 

Speaking on the occasion, the Managing Director of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, SPDC and Chairman, of Shell Companies in Nigeria, Mr. Osagie Okunbor said the establishment of the Egbema/Oguta Host Community Development Trusts and the Asaa North Host Community Development Trusts in Imo state brings the total number of Trusts incorporated by Shell Petroleum Development Commission (SPDC) Joint Venture to 26 out of the proposed 36. 

Mr Okunbor who was represented by the Corporate Relations Manager, Central Shell Petroleum Development Company, Mr Evans Krukrubo stated that SPDC and the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), worked with more than 300 communities and community leaders in Imo, Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta States to establish the Trusts, which are the main platforms for the development of host communities, in compliance with the provisions of the Petroleum Industry Act signed into law in 2021. 

Also speaking, the Chief Upstream Investment Officer, NNPC Upstream Investment Management Services, Mr Bala Wunti, represented by the Advisor, Community Relations, Usman Tambuwal Mohammed-Bello said the Host Community Development Trust reflects the government’s commitment to ensuring that the operations of NNPC Limited benefit the host communities in tangible and long-lasting ways. 

The Chief Executive, Nigeria Upstream, Petroleum Regulatory Commission, Mr Gbenga Komolafe who was represented by Chief Andy Uviovo, Coordinator, Eastern Region Office, Owerri noted the SPDC’s interest in the welfare of communities where it has a presence and advised the newly inaugurated Board of Trustee members to maintain faithfulness in serving their people. 

The Commissioner for Petroleum, Mr Eugene Opara, expressed delight that after more than eight months, the efforts of the Imo state government paid off with the inauguration of the Board of Trustees. 

He expressed confidence that the establishment of the Host Community Development Trusts would hasten development in oil-producing communities in the state. 

In their vote of thanks on behalf of the inaugurated Board of Trustees, Management and Advisory Committee Members, the Chairman, Egbema/Oguta Host Community Development Trusts – Mr. Ogochukwu Amuda and the Chairman, Asaa North Host Community Development Trusts – Mrs. Eugenia Onyiriuka, thanked members of their communities for nominating them and promised not to betray the trust reposed in them.

( Report by STANLEY OKEHIE )

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