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Shell Asks Protesters To Vacate Port Harcourt Office

By Ugbede Usman

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Disabled people who occupied Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, office in Port Harcourt has been urged to leave the facilities of the oil company.

The protesters who are people with disabilities living with the communities in the Niger Delta have occupied the sell office protesting their abandonment by the oil firm.

The protesters were asked to leave in a statement by the Media Relations Manager, Bamidele Odugbesan, saying that the situation was alarming.

He said “A group of persons who claim to be representing Great Minds Foundation of People Living with Deformities (Niger Delta), arrived the main access gates to our Port Harcourt Industrial Area and Residential Area on 20 January 2021, impeding access, and they have remained there until the time of issuing this statement.

“The group presented a letter, dated 15 January 2021, demanding from SPDC a total sum of N567million for the ‘empowerment’ of its members.

“All pleas to them to vacate our access gates and embrace dialogue failed as they presented another request for N20million as a condition to demobilize their members.


“We have shown the group evidence of the many programmes in support of people with special needs both within the Niger Delta and the wider Nigeria. They form a key part of our social investment programmes for vulnerable groups in our communities.

“We believe in dialogue and would advise the group to embrace non-disruptive approach in soliciting support We are also asking the group to vacate our access gates and premises and desist from threatening and harassing our staff.”


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