The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Bob Dewar, has
expressed the wish for stability to return to the Niger-Delta
region for business to thrive.
Dewar expressed his country’s wish recently in Asaba when he
paid a courtesy visit the Delta Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan.
He explained that the stability and peace in the Niger Delta
region remained important for Nigeria and for members of the
international community doing business in the country.
The high Commissioner said his country, together with its
partners were also desirous about governance that would enable
people to benefit more from the resources of their country.
Dewar also expressed his country’s desire for scrutiny of
public expenditure to ensure that such expenditures were
people-oriented. The High Commissioner said he was prepared to
learn from Delta’s reaction on issues raised.
Responding, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan said government would
provide the enabling environment for business to thrive in Delta.
He said some key agenda of this government were peace and
security, human capital development and infrastructure
He also stated that the state government had presented bills
for a Child’s Right Law, Delta Integrated Development Agency Law
and Fiscal Responsibility Law.
He also said government was, sadly, aware that in spite of
efforts to ensure peace and security, provide enabling environment
for business to thrive, isolated cases of criminality still
“In spite of our efforts, we know that there are still
criminals. Illegal bunkering has significantly reduced, our
security agencies are now more proactive,” he said.
He said government was doing everything possible to improve
security in Delta.