13 September 2011, Sweetcrude, Lagos- Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola has charged the management of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) on the need to adopt global standard in addressing environmental cleanliness in developing society where they operate.
Fashola said this when he received SNEPCO management led by the Managing Director, Mr Chike Onyejekwe, in his office at the Ikeja.
He explained that environmental degradation posed serious concern the world over, stressing that if the price of oil and gas is subject to international standard, the time had come to raise environmental cleanliness to international standard.
According to him, “I don’t think that poorer nation should be subjected to lower standard; this is something that should be at the heart of corporate governance and I feel it should be given priority.”
Fashola lamented the pathetic situation that oil producing communities had to contend with, saying that degradation should not be at the expense of the livelihood of the people.
Earlier, Onyejekwe informed that SNEPCO paid 18.6 billion annually as tax while noting that it still engages in a lot of social responsibilities to the state and its host community.
He listed part of their activities to include supply of gas to the power stations in Marina, clearing of water ways and upgrading of fire stations amongst others.