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US delegation explores Bayelsa tourism

29 April 2014, 09:30Augustine Osayande

Abuja - A United States delegation has visited Nembe in the Bayelsa State to explore tourism opportunities.

The team included Assistant Secretary of the United States Department's Bureau of Conflict Stabilization Operations, Ambassador Rick Barton,  and United States Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle.

Appreciating their visit, Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson said the trip has afforded the America diplomats opportunity to see for themselves, the lifestyles of the people, challenges and prospects of the state and called on the duo to attract investors to explore the potentials that abound in state to create wealth and employment.

The Governor said Bayelsa had potential in the tourism sub sector waiting to be harnessed, as the envoys had confirmed through their trip to Nembe.

According to Dickson, the US ambassadors now had a better perception and understanding of the true situation of the people of the Niger Delta, particularly the Ijaws, having visited the creeks in the heart of the Niger Delta to experience first-hand, the peace and warmth of Bayelsans.

“I like to appreciate the wonderful job Ambassador Entwintsle, and the Consul General, and members and the US mission in Nigeria have been doing in terms of broadening and deepening the frontiers and breaking down barriers that may exist in the relations between our two countries," he said.

Barton, said he was in the state for the first time and expressed optimism that Nigeria and the United States could be true partners in delivering peaceful democratic process and progress for the country.

Entwistle added that they were impressed and deeply touched by the warmth and hospitality extended to him and members of his delegation during their visit to Nembe. He said they had a glimpse of the lifestyles and history of the people.

- CAJ News

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