Niger Delta amnesty and development form focus of Houston forum; D’Banj to perform



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USAfrica, Houston: The main region where Nigeria’s oil, gas and petroleum resources known as the Niger Delta is the focus of a four-hour discussions and insights in Houston, Texas, on Saturday March 2, 2013, looking at the benefits of the growing reign of relative peace in the area.

Kingsley Kuku

Kingsley Kuku

Kingsley Kuku, Special Adviser to Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta Affairs and Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Program; Nigeria’s Ambassador to the U.S., Prof. Adebowale Adefuye; Prince Chibudum Nwuche, former Deputy Speaker of Nigeria’s Federal House of Representatives; Nigerian Senator James Manager who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta; Warman Ogoriba who is the Chairman, House Committee on Niger Delta are among the key guests and speakers at the forum being hosted by the All Nigeria Nationals in the Diaspora (ANNID), a non-partisan, pan-Nigerian NGO with membership in the United States of America, UK, Sweden, Netherlands, Russia, Republic of South Africa and Canada. Houston businessman Peter Mozie is the chairman of ANNID.

The event which has as invited guests stakeholders, U.S congresspersons and business executives will be from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at Hilton Houston Westchase (9999 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77040) with the theme “Amnesty and Peace in the Niger Delta: Human Capacity Building for Nigeria Development.”



The ANNID notes in a statement to and CLASSmagazine that the event gives urgency to the critical national quest of achieving peace in the Niger Delta and its implication for oil exploration and production –a vital sector of the Nigerian economy and major source of direct foreign investment.

The public, Nigerians and friends of Nigeria, according to Prof. Chris Ulasi of the ANNID Town Hall Meeting committee are invited to discuss issues and concerns related to the prevailing peace in the Niger Delta emerging from the Presidential amnesty program. “There will be opportunity for members of the audience to ask questions and to speak with principal staff of the Amnesty Office, FGN officials, and experts in vital areas of national development such as energy and power, security, Niger Delta Amnesty



program, and Nigeria Diaspora affairs.”

Nigeria’s international music star D’Banj is scheduled to perform for those who attended the town hall meeting with tickets given as complimentary on a first-come-first–serve basis.

The Niger Delta remains the most critical source of revenue from oil for Nigeria and some of the communities have faced severe environmental degradation and pollution.
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