Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) announced that it has spent 17 billion naira on the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) clusters in Rivers State, an initiative that gave communities opportunity to decide and implement projects and programmes that had lasting impact on people’s lives.
Since the GMoU concept took off in 2006, the funding has enabled the 19 clusters in Rivers State to embark on projects covering health, education, water and power supply improvement, sanitation and infrastructure development.
As a result of the GMoU, Shell Nigeria and its joint venture partners provide five-year funding for communities to implement development projects of their choice, which are managed by Cluster Development Boards under the guidance of mentoring NGOs.
There are currently 39 active GMoU clusters in Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa and Abia States and since inception in 2006, a total of $239 million (44.36 billion naira) has been disbursed to these clusters to fund development projects.
At a presentation of the 2019 edition of the Shell in Nigeria Briefing Notes to journalists in Port Harcourt, SPDC’s General Manager, External Relations, Igo Weli said “the success of the GMoU initiative has proved what could be achieved when government, international oil companies, communities and NGOs worked together for the common good”.
Shell in Nigeria Briefing Notes is an annual publication detailing the activities of the business interests of the global energy giant in Nigeria covering SPDC, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, and Shell Nigeria Gas.