14 June 2011
U.S. reaffirms commitment to Niger Delta development
The Consul General of the United States of America in Nigeria, Joseph Stafford, has said that his country was committed to working with other partners for the rapid development of the oil-rich Niger Delta region.
Speaking in Warri while exchanging views with the former national chairman of the Traditional Rulers of Oil Minerals Producing Communities of Nigeria, TROMPCON, Charles Ayemi-Botu, the Pere of Siembiri kingdom, in Burutu local government area, Mr Stafford said he was excited to be in the oil city.
He said the Niger Delta was very important to the U.S. as major American companies were operating in the region and the consulate was interested in forging closer ties with the people of the region, with a view to knowing the people, understanding their cultures and problems, and how to be of assistance.
According to him, “America would do everything possible to strengthen its bond with Nigeria and the Niger Delta region in particular.”