Shell Pleads with Physically Challenged Protesters to Vacate Rivers Gates
The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has urged protesting physically challenged persons to vacate the main access gate to its industrial and residential areas in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
It was gathered the protesters under the auspices Great Minds Foundation of People Living with Deformities (Niger Delta), blocked the area on Wednesday and remained there till Thursday.
The protesters, who impeded access disrupting free-flow of movement into Shell’s industrial and residential areas, were said to have presented a letter to the company demanding N567million for empowerment.
SPDC’s Media Relations Manager, Bamidele Odugbesan, appealed to them to vacate the area and desist from harassing employees of the company.
According to The Nation, Odugbesan said: “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”.