The United States of America Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilisation Operations, Mr. Rick Barton on Wednesday led a delegation of U.S. diplomats on a courtesy visit to the Rivers State Governor, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
Also in the delegation were the Director of Africa Operations, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilisation Operations Mr. Neal Kringel and the Consular-General of the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, Jeffrey Hawkins. Mr. Barton told Governor Amaechi that they were in the state to find possible ways to assist the state government in any conflict situation.
He highlighted the good relations between the United States of America and Nigeria and commended Governor Amaechi for his work in Rivers State and his ability to resolve problems.
“Thank you Mr. Governor, it’s a great pleasure to be here with you. We have had the chance to savour your hospitality and to enjoy your state for the last 24 hours and it’s been a great pleasure. We’ve had the chance to drive out to the countryside and to visit with some of your constituents and to get a feeling of what you and your cabinet are doing here in the state to advance the confidence of the public and the state of the cordial life of your citizens,” he said.
“As you all know, United States is a great friend of Nigeria and Nigeria is a great friend of the United States. I had a chance to enjoy that when I was at the United Nations and Nigeria was serving on the security council and the two countries were very much well aligned on most critical issues of the time and of course on the Millennium Development Goals, as well and so many other joint ambitions that we have.”
Addressing his guests, Governor Amaechi noted that things were improving tremendously in the Niger Delta. He noted that foreigners now live in safety and drive around Port Harcourt. He called on the United States to allow their businesses flow back into the state.