October, 19
SPDC Presents N32 Million Start-up Capitals to 100 Persons in Bayelsa
100 entrepreneurs who had successfully completed a business management training organised by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Bayelsa received N32 million start-up capitals from the company. This was announced during the presentation of the packs in Yenagoa on October 18.

Dr Akinwumi Fajola, Regional Community Health Manager, SPDC, said the gesture was to enable the beneficiaries to engage in small businesses. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report, 40 of the beneficiaries are uneducated markets women and 30 are graduates while the rest 30 are school leavers.

The programme tagged "Ogbia Special LiveWIRE programme'' is targeted at Ogbia Local Government Area where SPDC struck oil in commercial quantities at Oloibiri over 60 years ago.
Fajola represented by Mrs Ufuoma Ovwigho, Clinical Surveillance Lead, SPDC, noted that the programme was an income generating intervention.

"As part the centenary commemoration of Shell's oil prospecting activities in Nigeria, the Shell group in 2015 committed $5 million to a novel health project in Nigeria. This initiative gave birth to the 'Oloibiri Health Programme, (OHP) which is a three-year social investment initiative named after the Oloibiri community. It aims to improve healthcare within the Ogbia LGA in a holistic way beyond treating illnesses but including access to potable water, sanitation and education.

"OHP achieved upgrade and integrating health facilities, training and supporting local healthcare and community workers, ensuring a reliable supply of medicine. It also aims at improving social determinants of health by galvanising economic activities through the Live WIRE programme and building a knowledge/research centre in Ogbia LGA," Ovwigho said.