Yenagoa — As the 2015 general elections approach, the United States of America, yesterday, said it has rekindled its interest in the oil- rich Niger Delta region.
Describing the region as the economic nerve centre of the country, the US Consular General in Nigeria, Mr. Jeffrey Hawkins, during his official visit to Bayelsa State, said that his country would focus more on the region.
The Consular General, who is visiting the state for the second time, solicited the assistance of the Bayelsa State governor, Mr Seriake Dickson, to achieve this objective.
He said: “As we move closer to the big show in 2015, which is the general elections, we definitely want to be in touch with you. The United States is going to
focus on the Niger Delta again in a lot of ways that will be very positive.
“I want to get your advice on our engagements in the Niger Delta on our efforts to support what government is doing. We are interested in supporting a dialogue between the people of this region, who are very important to the future of this country and the leadership of the region.”
Responding, Governor Dickson expressed his administration’s preparedness to partner the United States in the areas of security, environment and other issues militating against the development of the state.