Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has described poverty and unemployment as the two key factors responsible for insecurity in the country.
Amaechi said this, weekend, when the new United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James F. Enwistle, paid him a courtesy visit in Port Harcourt.
He also explained that until leaders in the country rise up to the challenge of dealing with the issues of poverty, wealth creation and unemployment, insecurity would remain a lingering problem in the society.
“Until we deal with the issues of poverty, wealth creation and unemployment, then we may not be able to solve the problem of insecurity.
“I am aware that you are leading a delegation on oil theft, I know how qualified you are to take up the assignment in one of the best countries in West Africa with all sorts of complexities that will unravel as you carry out the assignment.
“We in Rivers State will be delighted to work with you, and I remember that when I was Speaker of the state House of Assembly, the US used to work around here in the state, but now, we no longer see them,” Amaechi said.
The governor urged the US delegation to use their expertise to assist the government to address the issues.
Speaking earlier, Enwistle said the delegation was in the state to learn and educate the people on the current situation, and expressed confidence that the knowledge gained as a result of his experience in other African countries would help yield positive results.