Our new Deputy Chief of Mission, David Young, is in Delta State, Nigeria’s south-south with other mission officials for an all-embracing dialogue involving stakeholders in the Niger Delta. U.S. government believes that dialogue is very important in resolving grievances and there is a need for Nigerians to exploit mechanisms for dialogue in moving forward.
Officials of the American Embassy, led by the Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr David Young, are in Delta State in Nigeria’s south-south for an all-embracing dialogue involving all stakeholders in the Niger Delta region.
At a meeting with the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, held in Asaba, the capital of the State, Mr Young said that their visit was part of measures toward finding lasting solutions to the crisis in the region which had crippled oil production.
Addressing reporters after the visit to the Delta State government, Mr Young said that the U.S. government believed that dialogue was very important in resolving grievances and there is a need to encourage Nigerians to exploit mechanisms for dialogue in moving forward.
The Governor of Delta State suggested the creation of an environment that would foster peace and tranquility, adding that the state government have also made efforts to forestall peace in the delta region.
Watch Channels Television clip of the DCM speaking to the media after meeting the State Governor.
The Niger Delta region encompasses about 8% of Nigeria’s landmass and with oil drilling in the region, the nation’s economy was stimulated.
Numerous multinational corporations also established oil operations in the region with very high stakes.
The activities of the oil companies have caused several environmental and economic issues in the region, leading to militancy in the past.
In recent times, there has been a resurgence of militant activities in the region with new groups taking up arms and attacking oil installations in the region.
A militant group known as Niger Delta Avengers has claimed responsibility for the recent attacks on oil-producing facilities causing the shutdown of oil terminals and a fall in Nigeria’s oil production to its lowest level.