The Shell boss stated this on Tuesday in Port Harcourt.
The Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company, Mutiu Sunmonu, has advocated for greater awareness on the need to protect the environment at the grassroots.
Mr. Sunmonu, who said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, noted that the protection and maintenance of the environment needed the commitment of all stakeholders.
“I think I must admit that at the community level there is a lot to do; we need to get the people at the community level to start to appreciate the need for them to also play a part on the environment.
“Education at the community level, education from primary to tertiary level, in my view, is an important area where you can get a lot more people to begin to appreciate what their own responsibilities to the environment should be.
“I really believe that’s an area we must have to focus on,” he said.
Mr. Sunmonu, who is also the Chairman of Shell companies in Nigeria, said that the company had been doing a lot in environmental issues. He said that the company had established a forum for constructive dialogue by all stakeholders on how best to protect the environment.
“We started a programme on how to improve transparency about what we do; our transparency initiative is second to none,” he said.
Shell has been accused of environmental pollution in various communities where it operates in Nigeria.