US Officials, Kuku Meet over Kidnappings in Niger Delta

Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Hon. Kuku

Worried by the spate of kidnappings in the Niger Delta region, officials of the United States of America’s Department of State yesterday met with the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Hon. Kingsley Kuku to find possible areas of cooperation to check the trend.
The three-man delegation led by Mr. Neal Kringle said the US was ready to collaborate with the Amnesty Office to make the Niger Delta peaceful, adding; this was desirable for the much-clamoured rapid development of the region.
Responding, Kuku stated that the current insecurity, especially the kidnappings had no link with the Amnesty programme, stressing that what was required was increased security network in the region.
He stated that so far, the Niger Delta region had been calm and that oil and other business activities had been going on unhindered, resulting in the increase of crude oil production from a mere 700,000 bpd in 2009 to a current 2.7 million bpd.
According to him, the  main concern of his office remained the about 30,000 Niger Delta ex-agitators captured in the amnesty programme but that the various government ministries and agencies had to play their parts in ensuring an accelerated development of the region.  
SOURCE: Thisday

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