Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri has again appointed Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to relocate its operational headquarters to the state.
He stressed that given the historical importance of the state for Shell, there was no better location for the headquarters location. Diri said so when Shell Country Chair and Managing Director of SPDC, Osagie Okunbor, led a management delegation to visit the Yenagoa government building.
A statement from his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Daniel Alabrah, quoted the Governor said Shell’s presence in Bayelsa is critical to the economic benefit of both parties.
He stressed the longstanding relationship between the state and Shell following the discovery of oil in commercial quantities in of the Otuabagi community in the Ogbia Council, was proof that they are inseparable in the oil and gas business.
Diri assured the company a friendly work environment and claimed that the stereotype of insecurity in the Niger Delta was a ploy, to rob the goose that laid the golden egg and was no longer durable.
“The history and history of Bayelsa cannot be complete without a shell. We have a tight and longstanding relationship between the state (back then in the old Rivers State) and Shell. As a people, we were not treated as the ones who provide the resources for this country, “he said.
Diri also reiterated his government’s determination to sign the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) between. overseeing host communities and state corporations insisted the decision was marked by violations of such agreements that lead to conflict.
He outlined his government’s projects and sought a partnership with Shell for the proposed Nembe -Brass Road and the ongoing Yenagoa-Oporoma and Sagbama-Ekeremor Road projects.
Regarding the litigation over the outstanding revenue Shell owed the state, Diri said an amicable settlement was renewed Relationship between the two parties is possible.
In his speech, Okunbor noted the most important steps taken by Diri to promote peace in the state and praised the governor’s leadership. Describing Bayelsa as the company’s main host state, he said they were impressed with the governor’s handling of the state’s affairs and his support for their operations, adding that Bayelsa was home to some of the company’s most strategically important assets. He promised to maintain the relationship between the company and the state through sustainable investments in important development projects.