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Big oil firms defy presidential orders

The oil majors and tankers drivers have refused to comply with the relocation of oil companies’ headquarters to the Niger Delta. Insisting that there is no need for them to move to the region as they are only operating robustly in the region.

According to the spokesperson for Shell Nigeria, Bamidele Odugbesan, “SPDC is offshore and has catchment areas in Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and recently Imo and Abia States, hence the location of its head office in the Niger Delta”.

He said: “For SNEPCo, the host community is the whole of Nigeria and not limited to the Niger Delta.

For instance, distance-wise, SNEPCo’s Bonga field is closer to Lagos than it is to Port Harcourt. We must categorically state that SNEPCo is not taking a drop of oil from the Niger Delta.

“SNEPCo will maintain its logistics base where its operations are. It is only when you are operating in the Niger Delta that the issue of relocating there can stand. For SNEPCo, our social investment programmes are done across the country.”

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