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Shell Companies in Nigeria (SCiN) work with government, communities and civil society to implement programmes that have a lasting impact on lives in the Niger Delta and beyond. Social investment activities are focused in particular on community and enterprise development, education and health.
LiveWIRE is Shell’s flagship youth enterprise development programme. Launched in Nigeria in 2003, this programme enables young entrepreneurs to convert ideas into real businesses that create products or services as well as employment to the community. Today, LiveWIRE supports Nigeria’s National Youth Policy by encouraging and training young people to start their own businesses by providing start-up funds. More than 250 people were trained in 2015. To date, the programme has trained 6,200 Niger Delta youth in enterprise development and management, and provided business start-up grants to 3,100.
The LiveWire programme was broadened in 2014 to focus on people with physical impairments; 180 physically challenged people have already benefited from training and grants over the last two years. LiveWIRE was also extended into Ogoniland in 2014, with the objective of raising living standards and reducing crude oil theft through the promotion of alternative livelihoods. The first trainees graduated in February 2015.
In 2014 the Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) awarded 20 young entrepreneurs approximately $4,000 each to fund their business ideas across various sectors including health care, IT, agriculture, manufacturing and retail petroleum products. In 2015 the results of this investment was on display at the Technology Incubation Centre in Lagos where entrepreneurs can further nurture their businesses. SNEPCo ensures that the beneficiaries are not only given funds but that they are also equipped with essential knowledge, business skills and resources to ensure that their businesses are successful and continue trading over the years.
SCiN have a long history of supporting education through scholarships and other initiatives. In 2015, $10.1 million was invested in scholarships by The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria.
Limited operated Joint Venture (SPDC JV) and SNEPCo. Grants were awarded to 930 secondary school students and 638 university undergraduates during 2015 with a total of 10,401 (secondary) and 3,532 (university) grants awarded over the last five years. The ‘Cradle-to-Career’ programme pays for children from rural communities to attend some of the country’s top secondary schools. Sixty students received scholarships under the programme in 2015, bringing the total number of beneficiaries to 410 since the scheme was launched in 2010.
SCiN continue to focus on building capacity in key technical skills, for example donating equipment to universities to develop capability in the production of drilling mud. Ten graduate scholarships are also awarded annually to students from Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta States to study engineering and geosciences at top universities in the UK (for example, Imperial College, University College London and University of Leeds), building a talent pipeline within host communities. Sixty scholarships have been awarded since inception in 2010. In addition, 40 engineering and geosciences graduates received hands-on training through a one-year internship programme organised by the SPDC JV and the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria, a group of indigenous oilfield service companies.
In 2015 Shell unveiled Africa’s first human and solar-powered football pitch at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka in Lagos, Nigeria. More than 10,000 student teachers are exposed to this technology and contribute to inspiring the next generation on smarter energy solutions to power human progress.
SCiN have supported community health projects in the Niger Delta since the 1980s, with equipment and pharmaceutical donations as well as the construction of hospitals and implementation of malaria and HIV/AIDs control programmes. Today, the SPDC JV supports 18 health centres in the region.
SPDC JV’s flagship project is the Obio Cottage Hospital in Port Harcourt, a one-stop health shop set up in 2010, in partnership with the community and Rivers State government. Since its launch, average monthly outpatient visitation jumped from 644 per month to nearly 9,600 monthly in 2015, making Obio one of the most utilized health facilities in the region. One of the success factors is an innovative community health insurance scheme which covers more than 95% of community health care needs. The Obio scheme enables people to pay a subsidised annual premium equivalent to about $50, well below the usual cost of treatment. By the end of 2015 more than 45,000 people had been enrolled in the programme.
The health insurance scheme opens up access to a range of vaccinations, pregnancy and childbirth care and surgical operations, including emergency pediatric care. Since 2010, hospital baby deliveries have risen from 14 each month to 341 per month in 2015. In total, more than 12,000 babies have been delivered safely at Obio from programme inception to date. Virtually all the pregnant women attending antenatal clinics accept HIV counseling and testing, and HIV-positive expectant mothers enroll into the hospital’s Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) programme. To date, no baby born at Obio has tested positive for HIV, a feat that has been commended and proof that the qualitative PMTCT programme is successful.
- Two hundred and eighty-eight nurses/midwives from host communities in the Niger Delta completed certification training through SPDC JV scholarships in 2015
- More than 550,000 people in host communities have benefited from “Health-in-Motion”, SPDC JV’s free medical outreaches since it started eight years ago
- More than 812 community health workers were trained in diverse health areas to drive quality preventive health care delivery in host communities in 2015
- The Shell-supported Obio Community Health Insurance schemes have been showcased in various international journals.
Since 2006 the SPDC JV has delivered the majority of its social investment projects via the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) model. This seeks to increase transparency and accountability around project delivery and give communities greater ownership and control of projects from their inception.
A GMoU is an agreement between SPDC JV and a group or cluster of several communities, based on local government or clan affinity. Under the terms of the GMoUs the communities decide the developments they want, whilst the SPDC JV provides secure funding for five years. At the end of 2015 there were 35 active GMoUs in place, covering 359 communities, fewer than in 2014 due to divestment of certain onshore assets.