09 September 2015, Port Harcourt—Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, has called for a long term sustainable solution to problems of environmental pollution in Ogoniland
Speaking at a one-day special engagement session for international media organisation in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, General Manager, Sustainable Development and Community Relations of the oil company, Mr Igo Weli said merely embarking on a technical cleanup exercise of environmental contamination areas will not bring about the desired result.
He called for collaboration among stakeholders at all levels towards achieving a sustainable and enduring solution to the problem.
According to him, the collaborative effort should among other things bring an end to attacks on oil facilities, crude oil theft, illegal refining, noting that they were largely responsible for environmental pollution.
He said that the position of the firm was a reflection of the United Nations Environment Programme recommendation on the area, which harped on coordinated and collaborative action for all stakeholders.
He hailed steps so far taken by the Federal Government to fastback implementation of the report and response of various segments of the society.
He assured that the oil company will be ready to work at the speed of the government in playing its role in the implementation of the recommendations.