95%Nigerian employees at SPDC and SNEPCo
$14.8 MILLIONInvested in scholarships in Nigeria by SPDC JV and SNEPCo in 2014
194Spill sites remediated in 2014
The Shell Companies in Nigeria (SCiN) continue to support the economic development of Nigeria through job creation as well as promoting entrepreneurship, education and supporting the improvement of community health.
Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has also strengthened efforts during 2014 to tackle the issue of crude oil theft and sabotage in the Niger Delta, working with the oil and gas sector, governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the international community.
Entrepreneurship, education and health
LiveWIRE, Shell’s youth entrepreneurship programme, was launched in Nigeria in 2003. By 2014, the programme had trained around 6,000 young adults in the Niger Delta to set up and grow new businesses. More than 3,000 of these trainees received business start-up grants.
In 2014, the programme was broadened to focus on people with physical impairments with 180 people receiving training and grants. LiveWIRE was also extended into the Ogoniland region of Rivers State with the objective of raising living standards and reducing crude oil theft by promoting alternative livelihoods.
Shell companies have a long history of supporting education in Nigeria. In 2014, $14.8 million (Shell share $5 million) was invested in scholarships and education programmes by SPDC and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo). Grants are also in the process of being awarded to 1,356 secondary school students and 925 university undergraduates. SPDC’s Cradle to Career programme, launched in 2010, pays for children from rural communities in the Niger Delta to attend some of the country’s leading secondary schools: in 2014, 120 students were enrolled on the programme totalling 360 students since its launch.
SPDC has supported community health in the Niger Delta since the 1980s. The Obio Cottage Hospital in Port Harcourt was set up by SPDC in 2010 and has become one of the most visited health facilities in the region. This is due to a community health insurance scheme which was the first of its kind for the Niger Delta. In 2014, more than 45,000 people were enrolled on the health scheme.