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Social investment activities focus on community and enterprise development, education, health, access-toenergy and since 2016, road safety. This, however, excludes communitydriven development programmes and initiatives delivered through the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) which focuses on various themes as determined by benefi ting communities.

Enterprise Development

LiveWIRE is Shell’s flagship youth enterprise development programme that provides training and finance to young people between the ages of 18-35 to start their own businesses. 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 in communities. More than 210 people were trained in 2016. To date, the LiveWIRE programme has trained 6,550 Niger Delta youths in enterprise development and management, and provided business startup grants to 3,313.

LiveWIRE was extended to Ogoniland in 2014, with the objective of raising living standards and reducing crude oil theft through the promotion of sustainable alternative livelihoods. Supporting Ogoni youths for sustainable alternative livelihoods is in line with one of the recommendations of the 2011 United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Report on the restoration of the Ogoni environment. More than 100 youths graduated in February 2015 and in 2016 an additional 60 youths were trained and received start-up funds for their business ideas under the LiveWIRE programme.

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 of petroleum products.

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 sustainable.


Shell Companies in Nigeria have a long history of supporting education through scholarships and other initiatives. Since inception in the 1950s, the Shell scholarship scheme has supported several thousands of “Shell Scholars” many of whom are in the commanding heights of the Nigerian economy today. In 2016, $5.4 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 911 secondary school students and 530 university undergraduates in 2016.

Shell Companies in Nigeria have awarded 7,652 (secondary) and 4,435 (university) educational grants over the last six years. Both the SPDC JV and SNEPCo continue to invest in the Cradle-to-Career scholarship programme, which pays for children from rural communities to attend some of the country’s top secondary schools. SPDC JV launched the Cradle-to-Career scholarship programme in 2010 and targets pupils from the Niger Delta, but the programme was expanded to the entire country by SNEPCo in 2014. Currently, 60 students benefit from the SPDC JV Cradle-to-Career scholarship programme while another 104 will benefit from SNEPCo’s version of the same programme in the 2016/2017 academic year. Overall, 420 students have received Cradle-to-Career scholarships from the SPDC JV and 164 from SNEPCo bringing the total since 2010 to 584.

Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG) also recognises that education is a critical need for communities residing in the areas of its operations and supports efforts to provide a positive learning environment for students and teachers. In 2016, SNG built new and renovated existing school facilities in the Ewupe, Isorosi and Ijaliye communities of Ogun State.

About 1,000 children will benefit from this initiative. SNG is also committed to improving road safety in its operational areas. Since 2007 the company has held 15 road safety awareness events and educated more than 5,000 people within the Ota/Sango area. SNG launched its 2016 Road Safety Education and Awareness Campaign at an event in Ota, Ogun State in June, which was attended by commercial drivers, motorcyclists and other road users, as well as local and state government officials and civic leaders. Engagements and presentations focused on defensive driving, road rules, tyre safety, usage of seat belts and pedestrian safety. Three campaigns were carried out in 2016.

A lack of world-class research institutions and limited access to technology are key challenges in enabling Nigerians and Nigerian companies to play an even greater role in the oil and gas value chain. Therefore, Shell Companies in Nigeria also focus on promoting educational advancement and the pursuit of academic excellence in Nigerian universities. To this end, the SPDC JV has collaborated with the University of Benin since 2012 to fund a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering. The CoE offers three specialised postgraduate degrees in Geology, Geophysics and Petroleum Engineering. Each programme runs for 18 months, six of which is spent acquiring practical industry experience. More than 50 students have graduated since 2012. Another CoE, specialising in Marine Engineering and Offshore Technology is in the process of being established at Rivers State University of Science and Technology in Port Harcourt.

Another highly regarded initiative sponsored by Shell Companies in Nigeria that supports learning and research at a tertiary level is the Shell Professional Chair Programme. The SPDC JV has currently endowed Professional Chairs in eight Nigerian universities. In 2016, a Chair in Light Weight Automobile Engine Development was established at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources in Effurun, Delta State, which is expected to contribute to the growth of local content in Nigeria’s automobile industry. Also, research at the Shell Professional Chair in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Port Harcourt in 2012 produced the Optiwell well-bore stability software.

Use of the software has significantly reduced drilling time as well as costs associated with mud loss and other drilling challenges.

To mark Nigeria’s centenary anniversary, SPDC donated a modern public library to the Port Harcourt Literary Society in November 2016. Equipped with books, access to the internet and reliable power supply it is expected that the library, which SPDC contributed around $5 million to, will deliver significant benefits and positively impact the lives of many residents of Port Harcourt.

In 2016, Shell launched an educational public service campaign in Nigeria as part of a global effort to encourage debate on how a rapidly expanding world population can meet its energy needs. The campaign, entitled “makethefuture” featured events such as music video launches at Africa’s first human and solar-powered football pitch at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka in Lagos, Nigeria. The traditional football pitch was transformed by Shell in 2015 using more than 90 underground tiles that capture kinetic energy created by the movement of players. This bright energy idea allows students to play at night using floodlights powered both by kinetic energy and solar panels, and provides a safer and more secure space in the heart of the community.

Community Health

Shell Companies in Nigeria have supported community health projects and programmes in the Niger Delta and other parts of Nigeria since the 1980s, with equipment and pharmaceutical donations, emergency care and screening services. This includes cancer care as well as Health System Strengthening programs maintenance of hospitals and implementation of malaria and HIV/AIDs control programmes. Today, SNEPCo and SPDC JV support 20 health centres in the country. SPDC JV’s flagship project, the Community Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS) piloted at Obio Cottage Hospital in Port Harcourt, has made the facility a one-stop shop for affordable and quality assured healthcare. The community health financing initiative, which has expanded to two other health centers, has highlighted the possibilities for universal health coverage in Nigeria, drawing commendations from communities, developmental partners and government. CHIS was set up in 2010, in partnership with local communities and the Rivers State government.

Since its launch, average patient utilisation of the facility increased from 604 to about 7,013 per month in 2016, making Obio one of the most utilised health facilities in the region. CHIS covers more than 95% of community health care needs. Through the Obio scheme people pay an annual premium equivalent to about $25, well below the usual cost of treatment. By the end of 2016, more than 50,000 people had been enrolled in the programme from inception. Since 2010, the number of babies delivered in the hospital had risen from an average of 14 to 302 babies per month in 2016, the highest in the region. In total, more than 16,000 babies have been delivered safely at Obio from programme inception to date.

Work is ongoing to deliver the flagship Oloibiri health programme, a local government-wide health system initiative aimed at strengthening health care in the Ogbia Local Government Area in Bayelsa State.

Over the last few years, SNEPCo has implemented several health initiatives in different parts of Nigeria, including the Iyi Enu health intervention in Anambra State and the ongoing Lagos Medical Emergency Response Improvement Programme. The initiatives support the government in delivering effective health care with the communities taking ownership of the facilities and programmes. SNEPCo continues to identify potential areas of collaboration with government, non-governmental and community stakeholders. To this end, a health concept validation exercise was conducted with the Federal Ministry of Health and other developmental partners in July 2016. This exercise explored partnership opportunities in health care delivery, culminating in the identification of new signature projects. In 2016, the validation exercise delivered two Health-in-Motion programmes to under-served communities around Lagos Island and Ojota, reaching more than 4,500 people aimed at embedding health care and a road safety culture (Goal Zero) to the road driver community. 

Healthcare facts:

  • Mammography screening services for breast cancer prevention and renal dialysis services have been set up by SNEPCo in the Iyi-Enu Health Project within the Iyi-Enu Mission Hospital in Anambra State. More than 600 patients have been screened and treated.
  • SNEPCo has developed the capacity of health workers in states in the South West and South South regions, and donated incubators and other health equipment to the Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
  • The BEARS Foundation has been supported by SNEPCo in about 50 congenital cleft lip and palate reconstructive surgeries.
  • SNEPCo equipped the health centre at the SOS Village, Isolo, Lagos and supported a neonatal hearing screening programme at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital in Kwara State.
  • 288 nurses/midwives from host communities in the Niger Delta received training scholarships including equipment and completed certification training through the SPDC JV in 2015.
  • More than 550,000 people in host communities have benefited from the SPDC JV’s “Health-in-Motion”, free medical outreach since it started eight years ago.
  • In 2016, approximately 56,000 babies were fully immunised in SPDC JV supported health facilities in the Niger Delta.
  • In 2016, more than 179 community health workers were trained in diverse health areas to drive capacity, qualitative health care delivery and promote healthy living in host communities.
  • In 2016, SNEPCo delivered 1000 copies of a video documentary on creating awareness on emergency response to the Lagos State Ministry of Health.


In 2016, Shell Companies in Nigeria earned recognition for their sustainable development efforts. They won two awards at the 10th edition of The Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility Awards (SERA) - Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards. Shell Companies in Nigeria’s kinetic pitch in Lagos won the SERA Innovation Award category, while SPDC JVs Afam VI power plant won the Best Company in Climate Action Award. The SERA–CSR Awards is an annual event to celebrate organisations that invest resources to improve the socioeconomic living conditions of people in Nigeria and Africa.

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