Nigerians are resilient, says Shell boss 


Shell Vice President for Nigeria and Gabon, Peter Costello has described how strong and committed Nigerians are even in the face of uncertainty.

Peter who assumed office recently was answering a question on what he expected to see when he first landed in Lagos.

He said, “The first thing was the weather. I was coming from Kazakhstan and so you can have a sense of the sun and shine I met here. Then the people; the welcome was visible right from the immigration desk. And then I faced what we now fondly refer to as the Lagos traffic, and I imbibed a new virtue: patience.

“But seriously speaking, the first thing that I noticed is how resilient and committed our people are and this, in the face of extremely uncertain times.

“Just imagine this, our business here is run by Nigerians. Our three main companies, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC). Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) and Shell Nigeria Gas are headed by Nigerians.

“Then there is the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) where we have a 25 percent stake and are Technical Advisor – a world-class operation being run by Nigerians. So my role here is basically to build on the excellent platform for increased value in the Shell presence in Nigeria,” he said.

“Since I came here late last year, I have a deep respect for our colleagues in the Niger Delta because they continue to demonstrate such dedication as they work to deliver our collective objectives in spite of the challenging conditions they have to operate in.