By Christian Ogbonna
United State has stressed the need for all Nigerians to embrace dialogue and to promote peace in order to advance the opportunities.
Mr David Young, Deputy Chief of Mission, United State Embassy in Nigeria, said that dialogue was very important in resolving grievances.
Young gave the advise on Wednesday when the US Embassy’s Team Governor Seriake Dickson in Yenagoa.
“We encourage Nigerians to exploit mechanisms for dialogue in moving forward and improve the opportunities.
“We encourage Nigerians to be working towards achieving set goals, eschew violence, and criminal activities to move forward.’’
Young said that the US government was ready to assist Nigeria on maritime security training, especially in Bayelsa and other Niger-Delta states.
“US government will assist the region in maritime security training, aviation security equipment, treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDs, good governance funding and number of other activities.
“We will be partnering in provision of funding for development and economic prosperity in the area of agriculture, health, education and public diplomacy,” he said.
Young described Nigeria as “very important critical partner” to the United State and also stressed that Bayelsa as heart of Niger-Delta was also a critical region to start with.
Dickson of Bayelsa has hailed the United State (US) government efforts to improve opportunities in the Niger-Delta.
He stressed that Bayelsa as heart of the region would collaborate to achieve the desired developments.
On resolving challenges in the Niger-Delta, he agreed that dialogue was the only solution and not confrontation or the use of force.