..Cradle-to-Career Scholarship Beneficiaries hit 375
A Port Harcourt High Court has sentenced the Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Osagie Okunbor, and two others to three months in prison with hard labour.
Those sentenced to prison alongside the Managing Director in contempt proceedings are, Company Secretary and Head of Legal, Nike Oyinlola, as well as Deputy Country Head of Legal/Managing Counsel, Global Litigation, sub-Sahara Africa, Keibi Atemie.
Presiding judge, George Omereji, while delivering judgment in suit No: PHC/1929/218, convicted the Shell officials for disobeying a court order of Justice Margaret Opara of the Rivers State High Court in 2008, asking Shell to forfeit the land where the Bonny Crude Oil Terminal is located.
The disputed land belonged to the Jumbo Major House of Bonny and the Brown House of Finima in the Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The convicted Shell officials were not in court, Justice Omereji instructed the police and other law enforcement agencies to arrest and send them to prison according to media reports.
SPDC’s spokesman, Bamidele Odugbesan, reportedly said the oil giant did not accept the judgment and had appealed it.
“We do not accept that SPDC has disobeyed any lawful order of court and have accordingly appealed this judgement.
Meanwhile, another 108 Nigerians have been awarded full secondary education scholarship under the NNPC/SNEPCo National Cradle-to-Career (NC2C) Scholarship scheme launched in 2014, bringing the total number of beneficiaries in the last four years to 375.
The scholarship, administered by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), offers full boarding and tuition-free support to the beneficiaries throughout their education in top-rated private secondary schools across Nigeria.
“This is part of our wider social investment programmes to support Nigerian youths, particularly the less-privileged, to attain the height of their potential notwithstanding their socio-economic background,” said the Managing Director of SNEPCo, Bayo Ojulari, at the award ceremony held recently at Grundtvig International Secondary School in Onitsha, Anambra State
Ojulari, represented by the company’s Bonga Asset Operations Manager, Elohor Aiboni, saidSNEPCo, with the support of the NNPC and its co-venture partners was committed to providing opportunities for Nigerian youths not just in education but also in entrepreneurial training and empowerment as demonstrated by SNEPCo’s other social investment programmes across the country.
In his remarks at the award ceremony, Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services, Mr. Rowland Ewubare described NNPC as a firm believer in human capital development in Nigeria, noting that the NC2C initiative was a right investment in the present and future of Nigeria. Represented by NAPIMS’ Community Development Supervisor,Tolulope Derin-Adefuwa, Ewubare charged the beneficiaries to make the best use of the scholarship privilege for their better tomorrow.
The scholars, selected from across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, expressed their gratitude to SNEPCo and the NNPC for the opportunity to study in top secondary schools and the financial relief given to their parents through the scholarship programme. Acknowledging the task ahead, one of the beneficiaries said, “Getting to the top is the easy part, staying at the top is the hard work”. They promised to make the most of the scholarship and be worthy ambassadors of the programme.