2015: US REKINDLES INTEREST IN NIGER DELTA, AS CONSULAR-GENERAL AND GOV DICKSON EXPRESS NEED TO STRENGTHEN TIES


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Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State (L), discussing with the United States Consular General, Jeffrey Hawkins (M), and a member of his entourage, Morgan G. Keay, during a visit to Government House, Yenagoa.
14/11/2013
As the nation warms up for the conduct of the 2015 general election, the United States of America says it has rekindled its interest in the Niger Delta region.

Describing the region as the economic nerve centre of the Country, the US consular general, Mr. Jeffrey Hawkins during his one-day official visit to Bayelsa state said his Country would focus more on the region.

To achieve this aim, the US Diplomat, who is visiting the state for the second time, thereby solicited the assistance of the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson.

He stated, ‘as we move closer to the big show in 2015 i.e. the general election, we definitely want to be in touch with you. The United States is really studying to focus on the Niger Delta again in a lot of ways that will be very positive.

‘I really want to get your advice on our engagements in the Niger Delta on our efforts to support what government is doing.

‘We are very interested in supporting a dialogue between the people of this region who are so important for the future of this Country and the leadership of the region.

Responding, Governor Seriake Dickson expressed his administration’s preparedness to partner with the United States in the areas of security, environment and other issues militating against the development of the state.

The Governor who lauded the efforts of the United States in re-establishing and deepening its bilateral relationship with Nigeria, recalled the reception of a business delegation from the state of Houston in the United States and said he looked forward to a more mutually beneficial relationship with the US.

“Last month, I was in your country, as a member of the Board of the Lincoln University and I am in the process of selecting some of our students that will be scholars there by January next year. Going forward, I look forward to a very robust and mutually beneficial relationship.”

Daniel Iworiso-Markson

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State

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From L – R: Morgan G. Keay (US Consulate, Lagos), Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, and the US Consular General, Jeffrey Hawkins, during a visit to Government House, Yenagoa.

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