– Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, has promised that the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria would offer technical assistance to help the country end the lingering fuel scarcity – She revealed that U.S. would discuss with Nigeria the diversification of its economy – The ambassador met with some civil society organisations and discussed with them the deteriorating condition in Northern Nigeria
The U.S. president, Barack Obama, has sent a 42-member delegation headed by Samantha Power to Nigeria. Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, promised that the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria would help the country end the lingering fuel scarcity.
Vanguard reports that Power stated this on Thursday, April 21, in Abuja while fielding questions from journalists during her visit to Geoffrey Onyeama. the Minister of Foreign Affairs. “Just last night when I was coming from the airport, I saw long lines at petrol stations here in Nigeria. And I really feel for the people of this country, who are going through this difficult economic time. “And I think this is something the embassy has promised to offer whatever technical advice, counsel and technical assistance that we can offer. “But we know that some of the best minds in Nigeria are thinking about that, including the ministers in this government,” she said.
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Power added that U.S. would discuss with Nigeria the diversification of its economy. The ambassador who had earlier met with some civil society organisations said that Nigerian civil society was “one of the most vibrant, articulate and rigorous in the world”. “What we heard a lot about was the questions of how the conditions in the north are deteriorating because of the threat posed by Boko Haram. “The economic hardship in the region has been exacerbated by the presence of Boko Haram and trade across the border has now come to virtual standstill,” she said. According to the envoy, the meeting with civil society organizations was also focused on what more could be done on abductions and kidnappings, particularly with the Chibok girls. On Friday, April 22, Power and her delegation will travel to northern Nigeria where they “will try to get a feel of it for first hand.” Speaking about the fuel crisis, Ibe Kachikwu, the minister of petroleum resources, has promised that the queues will completely disappear by the end of next week. He also blamed sabotage for being the reason of the current situation and thanked Nigerians for their patience.