Militancy in the Niger Delta

The United States Government is sponsoring another batch of Niger Delta leaders for capacity training in the United States. This time the training is centred on effects of development in the region and is part of its international visitor leadership programme.

The programme is taking place in Washington DC, the United States capital city and is organized by the United States Department of State and sponsored by the public affairs section of the United States Consulate in Nigeria.

The programme is billed to last for 20 days and has several courses to be treated among which is to understand issues on alternative conflict resolution mechanism. It is gathered that many prominent Niger Delta leaders including social and environmentalist activists have been invited and sponsored for the international seminar.

The course according to the American consulate in Lagos will help broaden the mind and knowledge as well as help the participants discover new and better technique in dealing with the federal regulators and the oil companies in respect of the Niger Delta affairs.

The US consulate added that the seminar will also educate the participants on ways of forging a constructive relationship with the various stakeholders in the oil and gas sector. The participants are expected to study and see how the American communities related successfully in the past with the oil and gas stakeholders operating in their area

They are also expected to abreast themselves of the various concrete community-based platforms that can successfully address local issues in a constructive and sustainable way. The course is billed to commence on Monday the 18th of June and will last till the 6th of July, 2018.

Commenting on the importance of the conference and its benefits on the communities, the United States Consul General in Nigeria John Bray said the participants would also learn to organize their own platforms, and implement negotiation strategies.