Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


Nigeria: Group Dares Shell, Braces for Action

Local Content Policy: Group Dares Shell, Braces for Action

With the Ogoni pollution problem in Rivers State yet unresolved, another trouble is brewing for the Anglo-Dutch oil and gas major, Shell, in the Niger Delta area. This time, the cause of the gathering storm is the alleged subversion by the company, of President Goodluck Jonathan administration's Local Content policy in the oil industry.

A group, the Niger Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change, is currently asking the mamnagement of the oil giant to play according to the rules or brace for a renewed cycle of unease.

According to them, ''we want to warn that if the unfriendly attitude of the Shell management to our local players in the oil industry continues, we will have no other option than embark on a sustained mass protest against the company. We will take our battle to their offices and operational bases everywhere in Nigeria'', the group said.

They have accordingly warned Shell Managing Director, Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu, against continued subversion of the local content policy, praying him to change his company's alleged “unfriendly attitude” to local contractors.

President of the group, Nelly Emma, Secretary John Sailor, and Publicity Secretary Mukoro Stanley, in an online statement to AkanimoReports on Tuesday, accused Shell of allegedly frustrating local contractors, particularly those from the oil-bearing communities.

But, Shell officials in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, said the group may be ''economical'' with the truth. The officials claimed that the oil company's Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) encourages the empowerment of local businesses''.

The group does not appear to be persuaded. They alleged that Shell has not been giving local contractors high profile jobs like those given to Saipem and Daewoo, for instance.

“The local firms they often consider, are those they have their agents as directors. Outside such local oil servicing companies, they do not consider others for tender, even if the NNPC directs them to accommodate other local firms outside the big boys club'', the group said.


© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Reese Erlich: Foreign Correspondent: Trump Plays Both Sides Against The Middle

Is he a hawk? Is he a peacenik? The President keeps us guessing . By Reese Erlich President Donald Trump has convinced Republican isolationists and hawks that he supports their views. That’s a neat trick, since the two groups hold opposing positions. ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Waiting For The Old Bailey: Julian Assange And Britain’s Judicial Establishment

On September 7, Julian Assange will be facing another round of gruelling extradition proceedings, in the Old Bailey, part of a process that has become a form of gradual state-sanctioned torture. The US Department of Justice hungers for their man. The More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Sorry Plight Of The International Education Sector

Tourism and international education have been two of the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic. They’re both key export industries. Yet the government response to them has been strikingly different. There has been nothing beyond a few words of ministerial condolence and a $51.6 million package (details below) to get the sector through the pandemic...

Binoy Kampmark: Google’s Open Letter: Fighting Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code

Tech giants tend to cast thin veils over threats regarding government regulations. They are also particularly concerned by those more public spirited ones, the sort supposedly made for the broader interest. Google has given us an example of this ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Trump’s Current Chances Of Re-Election

By now it seems clear that National have no fresh ideas to offer for how New Zealand could avoid the Covid-19 economic crisis. As in the past, National has set an arbitrary 30% ratio of government debt to GDP that it aims to achieve “in a decade or so,” ... More>>

The Conversation: Rogue Poll Or Not, All The Signs Point To A Tectonic Shift In New Zealand Politics

Richard Shaw AAP(various)/NZ Greens (CC-BY-SA)/The Conversation Strong team. More jobs. Better economy. So say the National Party’s campaign hoardings. Only thing is, last Sunday’s Newshub-Reid Research poll – which had support for the Labour ... More>>

The Coronavirus Republic: Three Million Infections And Rising

The United States is famed for doing things, not to scale, but off it. Size is the be-all and end-all, and the coronavirus is now doing its bit to assure that the country remains unrivalled in the charts of infection . In time, other unfortunates may well ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Altars Of Hypocrisy: George Floyd, Protest And Black Face

Be wary what you protest about. The modern moral constabulary are out, and they are assisted by their Silicon Valley friends in the Social Media club. Should you dare take a stand on anything, especially in a dramatic way, you will be found out ... More>>