“A few years ago, I had the distinguished pleasure of hosting the renowned Africa-America activist, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Dr. Martin Luther-King III in Bayelsa State where I made them honorary citizens of my state. It would also be a great honour to host you all in Bayelsa so you can appreciate the challenges of development and deepen our collaborative enagement.”

The governor said that the visit would afford them the opportunity to know the challenges and abundant resources that abound in the Niger Delta region and the need for collaboration between the region and the international community.

Governor Dickson calls for a change of narrative and perception about Africa, especially Nigeria, adding that while the West is propagating this negative stories about Africa, the Chinese were flocking into Africa and investing heavily and making a lot of money in the process.

“Africa has a lot to offer the world and our brothers in America need to join hands with us to take Africa to another level,” he said even as he looked forward to further interaction with the leadership of the State of Georgia and an opportunity for their support in the area of education and health,” he said.