AN ASSESSMENT OF CONFLICT MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES ABORPTED BY SPDC IN ITS COMMUNITY RELATIONS WITH INDIGENES OF KULA CLAN IN ATURU-TORU LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, RIVERS STATE
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Kalu, Chinenye K.
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The study fought to assess the conflict management strategies adopted by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in Kula Clan Aturu-turu L.G.A., Rives State. It was motivated by the recurrence of conflict and state government frequent intervention in conflict management in the relationship between SPDC and Kula Clan. The study raised five research questions and tested one hypothesis. Survey design was adopted while purposive, quota and accidental sampling techniques were used to conduct the study. Structured questionnaire and interview schedule were used to access field data. The analysis was based on 35% copies of the questionnaire retrieved from a sample of 381 respondents. This figure represents a 94% return rate. Data was quantitatively analyzed on tables using simple percentage and the weighted mean score (WMS) based on a five point likert scale while the hypothesis was tested with the Pearson Product Moment Correction Analysis. Explanation building technology was adopted to analyze qualitative data. The study ascertained a correction between SPDC’s conflict management strategies and sustenance of good relationship with Kula Clan. It was found out that Kula Clan people awareness level of SPDC’s conflict management strategies was insignificant and that they did not participate with SPDC in conflict management in their communities. It was also found out that the people of Kula Clan wanted SPDC to dialogue with them through town hall meetings and their council of chiefs instead of the Cluster Development Board and Community Trust Committees. Another important discovery the study made was its preference for indigenous oil companies to operate in their locality as a result of its distrust of SPDC. The study recommends that the people of Kula Clan should endeavor to obtain and study the GMOUs to acquaint themselves with the conditions of their relationship with the company. It also recommended that SPDC should ensure the participation of the people of Kula Clan in corporate activities and community development prejects concerning their communities.
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Unique Paper ID: 147075

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 5, Issue 4

Page(s): 164 - 171
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