Oil is a huge problem in Nigeria. The oil industry destroys the environment. It devastates local economies. It makes it nearly impossible for people to care for themselves and their families. It encourages corruption among politicians, and devastates the lives of millions.
The people believed life would get better when oil was first discovered 1956; but life has not gotten better. Oil companies use out of date equipment, causing spills which destroy the environment, and therefore, many Nigerians livelihood, fishing. Companies also take their time about cleaning up these spills, causing even more damage. Instead of helping out the Nigerian communities that they have hurt, companies direct their funds toward corruption in the Nigerian government.
Fixing Nigeria will be a long process, but Oil Companies can help. Ask Shell CEO Peter Voser to update old equipment, to clean up current spills, and to direct more funds towards helping Nigerian communities.
This substance, that causes so much grief for the Nigerian people, is what pays for your lives. You have amazing jobs, a lot of money, and must consider yourselves to be pretty lucky individuals. Do you not feel some responsibility as heads of the leading organization causing these problems?
There is a different legacy that you could leave behind; you could put an entire country on track to fixing itself. You are in a position of power. You could direct more funds toward Nigerian communities. Help them build schools, hospitals and community centers. Replace the old failing machinery, and reduce the number of oil spills. Clean up the oil already being spilled. Clean up the Niger Delta, and help families return to fishing. Finally, stop sponsoring corrupt Nigerian officials. Let the world remember you not as the leaders of an organization that destroyed an entire country, but as people who made Nigeria and the world a better place.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.