U.S. Allocates an Additional $75 Million to Fight HIV and AIDS in Nigeria

People Living with HIV (PLHIV) globally require appropriate medical treatment in order to live a normal and healthy life. The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) administered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is implementing an Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) surge ... Read More»

U.S. Military-Government Delegation Visits Nigerian Defense Headquarters as Part of Capstone Experience

Abuja, Nigeria – Success on the battlefield requires knowledge of military doctrine, the ability to operate in coordination with allied forces, and a global perspective on the part of senior government and military leaders to execute their strategic plans.  To achieve these goals, 13 U.S. military flag level officers and two U.S. government senior executives ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: – Closure of the U.S. Embassy Abuja and Consulate General Lagos

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Monday, August 12, 2019 and Tuesday August 13, 2019 as public holidays to commemorate Eid-el-Kabir. Consequently, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed.  No consular services will be available. If you already have a regular visa or ACS appointment for ... Read More»

USAID’s Feed the Future Agribusiness Investment’ to Promote 5000 Small and Medium Businesses

ABUJA – On August 6, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new Feed the Future Nigeria activity to nurture a business-enabling environment that promotes private sector investment in agriculture.  The program will reach at least 5,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) thereby expanding opportunities for agribusiness borrowers and lenders. The five-year, $15.7 ... Read More»

ECOWAS and USAID Hold Regional Conference on Electoral Security in ECOWAS Member States

Abuja, Nigeria – On July 30, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) “Reacting to Early Warning and Response Data” (REWARD) project organized a regional conference on lessons learned in electoral security in West Africa.  Held at the Fraser Suites Hotel in Abuja, the conference ... Read More»

USAID Presents ISO Quality Control Certification to NAFDAC Laboratory

Abuja – On July 31, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Stephen M. Haykin presented the Federal Ministry of Health Director Food and Drug Services, Dr. Mashood Lawal with an International Standards Organization (ISO) certificate of accreditation to the National Agency for Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) laboratory.  This USAID-NAFDAC collaboration also ... Read More»

U.S. Navy Band Thrills Nigerian Audiences

Lagos— For the second time this year, “Topside,” a brass band of the United States Naval Forces Europe, visited Nigeria from July 28-30 to bolster the U.S.-Nigerian relationship through the power of music. Whether it was “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “Stand By Me,” “Lion Sleeps Tonight,” or “Water No Get Enemy,” the high-energy performances of ... Read More»

EducationUSA Creating Opportunities for Underprivileged Nigerians

EducationUSA Opportunity Funds have made it possible for 30 underprivileged Nigerian students to attend American universities and colleges with full scholarships estimated at 7.2 million dollars in four years.  These students are scheduled to matriculate beginning in the fall 2019 semester.  Most of the students would not have been able to access higher education in ... Read More»

Imposing Visa Restrictions on Nigerians Responsible for Undermining the Democratic Process

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON JULY 23, 2019 The United States is a steadfast supporter of Nigerian democracy.  We commend all those Nigerians who participated peacefully in the February and March 2019 elections and have worked to strengthen Nigerian democratic institutions and processes.  As Nigeria marks the twentieth anniversary of a return to democratic ... Read More»

TRANSCRIPT: Telephonic Press Briefing On the 2019 AGOA Forum – July 23, 2019

Telephonic Press Briefing with Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, and Constance Hamilton, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa On the 2019 AGOA Forum July 23, 2019 OPERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the 2019 AGOA briefing. At this time all lines are in a ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy to Send Five Nigerian IDP Youth on a Sports Visitors Program in the United States

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria is sending five young Nigerian football (soccer) talents currently residing in Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDP) camps and their chaperon to participate in a U.S. State Department sponsored Sports Visitor program from August 1-19, 2019. The five participants, three male and two female, were selected from IDP camps in Benue and ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Abuja FCT, Nigeria and surrounding areas. IMN is protesting in the FCT.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid roads in and around Abuja FCT until further notice. There have been reports of exchanges of gunfire between protestors and Nigerian Police and protesters have breached the outer perimeter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).  The U.S. ... Read More»

U.S. Signs Declaration of Partnership with Nigeria to Improve Food Security

Feed the Future ‘Country Plan’ will boost agri-business, nutrition, and resilience Abuja – On July 18, the governments of the United States and Nigeria jointly signed a declaration of partnership to launch a five-year Feed the Future Nigeria Country Plan to increase investments in food security, build greater resilience, and improve household nutrition in the ... Read More»

U.S. Universities Offer $7.5m in Scholarships to Nigerian Students

Lagos—More than 303 Nigerian students from the 17 states of southern Nigeria have received no less than $7.5 million in full or partial scholarships from 225 American universities and colleges to study in the United States for the 2019-2020 academic session. Acting United States Consul General Osman Tat disclosed this in Lagos on Tuesday during ... Read More»

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Anton Smith- Talking Points for Youth Exchange and Study (YES) PDO

Congratulations on your selection for the 2019/2020 Youth Exchange and Study program. You will be joining a growing number of nearly 300 students who have had the opportunity to spend one academic year in the United States and experience the cultural diversity in America. Just like Nigeria, the United States is a country with rich ... Read More»

20 Nigerian high School Students Selected to Participate in U.S. State Department Youth Exchange and Study Program

On July 15, Embassy Abuja’s Public Affairs Section conducted a pre-departure orientation for twenty (20) Nigerian high school students selected to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Youth Exchange and Study program (YES). These young, deserving students will depart Nigeria in August for the one year exchange program in the United States. During the ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Mission Nigeria

Location: Countrywide Event: The U.S. Mission in Nigeria advises U.S. citizens that large demonstrations by protesters affiliated with the Islamic Movement of Nigeria are expected in the coming days throughout the country, including Abuja and Lagos.  Protests by this group in the Nigerian capital on July 9 became violent, including exchanges of gunfire between protestors ... Read More»

Smithsonian Channel’s “Apollo’s Moon Shot AR” App

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing with an immersive AR app that places you right in the action of NASA’s daring space missions of the 1960s. The perfect companion to Smithsonian Channel’s landmark six-part series, the “Apollo’s Moon Shot AR” app gives you an out-of-this-world close-up of some of the landmark events that defined the start of the Space ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Abuja FCT, Nigeria (Central Business District, including the area between the Hilton and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja advises U.S. citizens that large demonstrations in Abuja by protesters affiliated with Islamic Movement of Nigeria have been reported on July 10.  Protests by this group on July 9 became violent, including ... Read More»

Prosper Africa – Initiative to Boost Trade and Investment Between the U.S. and Africa

The new Prosper Africa initiative reflects the U.S. government’s belief that open and transparent economies should determine the future of African countries.   On his recent trip to Sudan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and South Africa, U.S. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy stressed that the US wants to be Africa’s trade and investment partner. He explained ... Read More»

Promoting Shared American and African Prosperity and Security

By Tibor P. Nagy Jr. on June 26, 2019 Traveling across Africa and meeting with government officials, business leaders, civil society, and Africa’s dynamic youth is my favorite part of the job as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. These trips are the best way to hear a range of views and to discuss ... Read More»

U.S. Reaches 4.2 Million People with Bed Nets in Cross River State

Calabar, Nigeria – The United States reached more than 4.2 million people in over 4,000 communities in Cross River state with 2.3 million long lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) over the last two months as part of its comprehensive effort to control malaria across Nigeria.  The Cross River state government acknowledged this milestone at a dissemination ... Read More»

Rivers State Governor Abolishes health facility user-fees for persons living with HIV following U.S. Government advice

Port-Harcourt- July 26, 2019: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, announced on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, that the state has abolished health facility user-fees for persons living with HIV as advocated by the U.S. Government. The Governor stated that Rivers State Government would take over payments in all their public health facilities. This action will ... Read More»

First American-Style Feedlot in Nigeria opens in Kogi

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, United States Ambassador to Nigeria, W. Stuart Symington participated in the formal launch of an American-style feedlot in Lokoja, Kogi State. The first of its kind in Nigeria, the feedlot is a joint project by Jerry Cunningham of American West Africa Agro and JIL Farms and Equipment. The feedlot will ... Read More»

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at the Release of the 2018 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, DC JUNE 21, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. I’m proud to be here today to speak about the State Department’s ongoing mission to advance international religious freedom. This mission is not just a Trump administration priority – it’s a deeply personal one. For ... Read More»

U.S Embassy Promotes Rock Art Preservation in Nigeria

On June 13, Country Public Affairs Officer (CPAO) Aruna Amirthanayagam led a team from the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) to Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria for the closing ceremony of a workshop focused on the preservation of Nigerian rock art heritage. Sponsored through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, the workshop identified themes and ... Read More»

U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Lauds U.S. and Nigerian Military Partnerships on Health

The Partnership between Nigeria’s Ministry of Defense (NMOD) Health Implementation Program (HIP) and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Walter Reed Army Institute of Research through its U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate-Africa/Nigeria (USAMRD-A/N) has played a primary role in curtailing the scourge of HIV/AIDS among troops, their families and civilians living around the barracks. “All combined, ... Read More»

New USAID ‘Integrated Health Program’ Will Help Save Lives Among the Most Vulnerable Nigerians

Abuja – On June 18, the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new flagship health activity that will help five states in Nigeria improve access to primary health care services, essential commodities, and increase demand for services. The five-year, $225 million Integrated Health Program (IHP) will be implemented in Bauchi, Kebbi and ... Read More»

PEPFAR Heroes Awards

On June 10, 2019, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – Nigeria Program – honored and gave awards to 16 nominated individuals that have made momentous contributions to the epidemic control of HIV in Nigeria. The event took place at the NAF Officer’s Mess and Suites, Kado, Abuja. The awardees are Professor Babatunde ... Read More»

IED Defeat training with Nigerian soldiers strengthens partnerships

US Army Africa (USARAF) provides Counter Improvised Explosive Device Training (CIED) to students at the Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering (NASME) located in Makurdi, Benue State. This year, USARAF has provided approximately $265,000 worth of training aid, operational equipment to include inert munitions and Hook & Line Kits for interrogating IEDs. A significant portion ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Pompeo – On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

On behalf of the United States Department of State, I would like to wish all Muslims a blessed Eid al-Fitr. This holiday marks the end of Ramadan and is a time for celebration across Muslim communities worldwide. It is a culmination of a month of fasting, sharing meals with family and friends, donating to charitable ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: June 4-5 closure of U.S. Embassy Abuja and Consulate General Lagos.

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Tuesday June 4, 2019 and Wednesday June 5, 2019 as holidays to commemorate Eid-el-Fitr. Consequently, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed. No consular services will be available. If you already have a regular visa or ACS appointment for that ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – Closure of the U.S. Embassy Abuja and Consulate General Lagos

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Wednesday May 29, 2019 a work-free day to commemorate the presidential inauguration. Consequently, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed. No consular services will be available. If you already have a regular visa or ACS appointment for that date, you ... Read More»

U.S. Department of State commemorates Africa Day

This Saturday marks Africa Day, the annual commemoration of the founding of the Organization of African Unity, now the African Union.  In the 56 years since the AU was formed, the continent has made significant democratic and economic strides.  We reaffirm our unwavering commitment to the AU’s vision for a free and prosperous continent, and ... Read More»

USAID’s Conflict Mitigation Activity Promotes Peaceful Coexistence between Middle Belt Farmers and Herders

Abuja – Over the last four years, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Engaging Communities for Peace in Nigeria (ECPN) activity has worked to promote peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders in Nigeria’s Middle Belt states. Implemented by Mercy Corps, ECPN has helped rural communities in Nassawara and Benue states that have ... Read More»

Nigeria’s Minister of Health Launches New USAID-supported Health Facility Registry

Abuja – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently joined Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, to launch the Master Facility List and the Health Facility Registry to improve the quality of health data and health service delivery across the country. The USAID-funded Registry will serve as a vital resource for the country, ... Read More»

U.S. Sports Envoys Promote Paralympic Sports In Nigeria

The U.S. Embassy Abuja played host to two American athletes and a coach under the U.S. Department of State’s Sports Envoy program. The envoys included Catherine Sellers, a Former High-Performance Director for the U.S. Paralympics Track and Field Program; Deja Young, a double goal medalist in sprints; and Dennis Ogbe, a star shot-putter. Their visit ... Read More»

USAID Signs New Partnership with Health Ministry to Fight Tuberculosis in Nigeria

Abuja – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has signed a partnership with Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health to embrace a new business model to fight tuberculosis (TB). Nigeria’s political commitment to the “Global Accelerator to End Tuberculosis” will update the two countries’ partnership to meet the United Nations’ new TB targets as agreed ... Read More»

U.S. Leader Lauds Partnership between NMOD and U.S. Army to Improve Health of Nigerians

Abuja, May 14, 2019 – U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for West Africa and Security Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs, Whitney Baird and Mrs. Olu Mustapha, representing the Permanent Secretary for Defence, visited the Defense Reference Laboratory (DRL) of the Nigerian Ministry of Defense (NMOD) in Mogadishu Cantonment to view firsthand the strong partnership between the ... Read More»

Indefinite Suspension of “Dropbox” Process for Renewals

Effective at the close of business today, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, the U.S. Mission to Nigeria is indefinitely suspending interview waivers for renewals, otherwise known as the “Dropbox” process.  Visa applications will no longer be accepted by DHL in Nigeria.  Those who have already submitted their passports via “Dropbox” to DHL for processing either at ... Read More»

Arrest of U.S. Defendant Muhammad Khalid KHAN

On April 28, 2019, the United States (U.S.) Department of Justice with the resounding assistance of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Justice – Attorney General Abubakar Malami, prosecutors from the Central Authority Unit (CAU), and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) under the leadership of Chairman Chief Executive Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd), successfully ... Read More»

56 Young Nigerians to attend 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria will send 56 young Nigerians to participate in the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship program for six weeks from June 17 to August 1.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  It is composed of academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.  Five out ... Read More»

Remarks of Deputy Chief of Mission, David Young – Inclusive Friends and Association (IFA)

Ladies and gentlemen, good morning.   It’s great to be with you today.  Before I begin I would like to thank the conference organizers, Inclusive Friends Association and Grace in particular, for their tireless advocacy on behalf of persons with disabilities. Nearly 30 million people – or about 13.5 percent of Nigerians – are living with ... Read More»

Remarks by Acting Country Public Affairs Officer, Glenn Guimond – World Press Freedom Day Webchat Panel Discussion

As part of our World Press Freedom Day events it is a pleasure to welcome you to a global webchat, and a panel discussion.  We are joined today by journalists at American spaces in Kano, Bauchi, Jos, Calabar and Ibadan. On the 26th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day our focus is on the media’s ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Benin Land Border Closures

Event: Due to Benin presidential elections taking place on Sunday, April 28, Benin land border crossings may be closed on Sunday, April 28.  Please plan your travel accordingly. Actions to take: Monitor local media for updates. For information on security in Nigeria: See the  State Department’s travel website for the  Worldwide Caution , the Travel Advisories and Alerts, the Nigeria Travel Advisory , the Nigeria Country Information , and the Crime and Safety Reports for Nigeria ... Read More»

Former CNN Journalist Visits Lagos for Week-Long World Press Freedom Day Activities

Lagos––Professor Jennifer Thomas, former CNN producer and current Assistant Professor of Broadcast Journalism at Howard University in Washington, DC will visit Lagos from April 29 to May 3rd to help the United States Consulate General mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day. At CNN, Professor Thomas played a vital role in the network’s coverage of ... Read More»

USAID Partners with the American University of Nigeria to Boost Education in Ravaged Northeast

University partnership will help strengthen basic education for 200,000 students Yola – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a new education activity in collaboration with the American University of Nigeria (AUN) to re-establish basic education in the conflict-ravaged areas in northeastern Adamawa and Gombe states. Under a three-year, $13.3 million agreement, AUN will collaborate ... Read More»

U.S. Salutes Health Champions in Nigeria Leading Efforts to End Malaria

Opinion-Editorial W. Stuart Symington, United States Ambassador to Nigeria On World Malaria Day, the United States is proud to recognize our partnership with Nigeria and support your fight to beat this deadly disease. We salute all Nigeria’s health champions—from health workers to mothers, pharmacists to drivers, journalists to researchers, teachers to warehouse managers—and all those working to ... Read More»

Sowing Hope

Anyone can be a peace-making hero by “loving and keeping their neighbors safe.” So said U.S. Charge’ d’ affaires David J Young in Jos on Wednesday, at the premiere of “Sowing Hope” a documentary film by award-winning filmmaker Kenneth Gyang. The emotionally charged film celebrates the heroic action of 83-year-old Imam Abdullahi Abubakar and his Deputy in saving the lives of over ... Read More»

USAID Launches Agribusiness Investment Activity To Promote Private Sector Investment in Agriculture

New ‘Feed the Future’ initiative will strengthen Nigeria’s business enabling environment to boost private sector investment in select agribusiness value chains  Abuja – Under a new contract with Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), an international agricultural development organization, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently launched the new Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity. This activity aims ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires David Young visits Sokoto State

During his trip to Sokoto on March 27, Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) David Young visited the American Corner in Sokoto, where he met with a group of 16 participants of U.S. exchange programs. The programs included the Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange Students (KL-YES), the Pan-African Youth program, and the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI – including ... Read More»

U.S. Applauds Edo State’s Integrated Anti-Human Trafficking Framework

Benin City––U.S.  Chargé d’ Affaires David Young on Tuesday visited Edo State, where he met with government leaders, traditional rulers and civil society representatives with a view to understanding the socio-economic factors that perpetuate trafficking in persons in the state and the multi-faceted efforts being used to eradicate it. Speaking during a courtesy call on ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Nigeria’s Ongoing Elections

The United States once again congratulates the Nigerian people’s commitment to the democratic process throughout the election season.  The United States supports a democratic process where the will of the Nigerian people is reflected in the results.  As long-time friends of Nigeria, we continue to follow closely the still ongoing elections.  We do not have a preferred ... Read More»

TRANSCRIPT: Telephonic Press Briefing on Obangame Express 2019.

Africa Regional Media Hub Press Briefing on Obangame Express 2019 with U.S. Navy Captain Eric Conzen, Commodore of U.S. Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa and Exercise Director for Obangame Express 2019, and Nigerian Commodore Di Olisemenogor via Teleconference, Lagos, Nigeria March 13, 2019 MODERATOR: Greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State. I would ... Read More»

Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) reveals progress and critical gaps in ending the HIV epidemic

March 14, 2019 – Abuja, Nigeria. His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, formally unveiled the findings of the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) and launched the Revised National HIV and AIDS Strategic Framework 2019-2021, which will form the future response to the country’s epidemic. The NAIIS revealed Nigeria ... Read More»

Obangame Express 2019 Opens in Lagos, as U.S. Equips Maritime Training School

Lagos––On Thursday, senior leaders from the U.S. Africa Command and the Nigerian Navy, representatives of maritime forces from the Gulf of Guinea, Europe, North and South America, as well as regional and international organizations, gathered in Lagos for the opening ceremony of the 2019 Obangame Express. Now in its ninth year, Obangame Express is an ... Read More»

Remarks on the Release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC March 13, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Since America’s founding, the concept of individual rights has been woven into the national fabric. As my friend and scholar Mary Ann Glendon has written, it has given weak members of our society, quote, “an instrument ... Read More»

TRANSCRIPT: Telephonic Press Briefing With Assistant Secretary Tibor P. Nagy Jr., on Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan’s Travel to Africa

Press Conference Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs Via Teleconference February 12, 2019 MODERATOR: Good morning to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub. I’d like to welcome our participants dialing in from across the African continent and thank you all for joining the discussion. Today, we’re ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Borno State, Nigeria Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja warns U.S. citizens of reports that a terrorist group plans to conduct kidnap operations against unidentified U.S. and European citizens currently located in Borno State, Nigeria.  U.S. government personnel are currently prohibited from traveling to Borno and the U.S. State Department Travel Advisory for Borno State is ... Read More»

Nigerian Election Results – Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC The United States congratulates the people of Nigeria on a successful presidential election, and President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election. We commend all those Nigerians who participated peacefully in the election and condemn those whose acts of violence harmed Nigerians and the electoral process. We ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Abuja FCT, Nigeria (Dutse Market, Nyanya, Mararaba, Lugbe, Zuba, Garki, APO Roundabout, and surrounding areas). Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja advises U.S. citizens that there are reports of election-related violence in Abuja City and the surrounding areas. Supporters of different political parties are clashing and demonstrators are blocking roads, stopping vehicles, and demanding ... Read More»

Statement by U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington on the Nigerian Elections

I congratulate the tens of millions of Nigerians who stood patiently in long lines to vote this week and the hundreds of thousands who worked together with INEC to conduct the elections. As noted by many observer groups in their preliminary reports, this election was predominantly peaceful, and it was proof of the Nigerian people’s ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: – Closure of the U.S. Embassy Abuja and Consulate General Lagos

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday, February 22, 2019 as a Work-Free Day to enable Nigerians to prepare for the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly Elections on Saturday, February 23, 2019.   In recognition of this declaration and to encourage all our Nigerian employees to exercise their right to vote, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in ... Read More»

Statement on the Postponement of the Nigerian Elections

The U.S. Embassy fully supports the joint statement by the heads of the ECOWAS and other international election observation missions on the postponement of the February 16 Nigerian elections. We join in encouraging all Nigerians to ensure a free, fair, peaceful, and credible election by supporting the Independent National Electoral Commission while it finalizes electoral ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Calls With Nigerian Presidential Candidates President Muhammadu Buhari and Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 15, 2019 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke with major Nigerian presidential candidates President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in advance of the country’s February 16 presidential election. The Secretary noted the deep and long-standing partnership ... Read More»

A Message from Ambassador W. Stuart Symington

The United States Embassy in Nigeria wishes to reiterate unequivocally that we are not taking sides in Nigeria’s election.   We do not support any party or candidate.   We support a level playing field and the democratic process.  That is the bedrock principle of our Government’s advocacy on democratic elections.   In the final run-up to the ... Read More»

TRANSCRIPT: Ambassador W. Stuart Symington on 2019 Nigeria Elections

Hi. I’m Stuart Symington. I’m the United States Ambassador to Nigeria and I want to talk to you for a few minutes about your upcoming elections. These elections are a remarkable opportunity for all Nigerians to come together and for every citizen to express their will. What the United States hopes to see in your ... Read More»

Nigeria Travel Advisory

The Department advises travelers to reconsider travel to Nigeria due to elections, crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and piracy. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory Do not travel to: Borno and Yobe States and northern Adamawa State due to terrorism Federal general elections in Nigeria are scheduled for February 16, 2019, and the state elections for March 2, ... Read More»

Statement on the Suspension and Replacement of the Chief Justice

“The Embassy of the United States is deeply concerned by the impact of the executive branch’s decision to suspend and replace the Chief Justice and head of the judicial branch without the support of the legislative branch on the eve of national and state elections. We note widespread Nigerian criticism that this decision is unconstitutional ... Read More»

U.S. and U.K. Press Statements on Upcoming Nigerian Elections

The United States and the United Kingdom announce repercussions, including visa restrictions, for election interference and election-related violence. U.S. Statement [Begin] The conduct of the upcoming elections in Nigeria is important not only for Nigeria, but for the African continent. The United States government does not support any specific candidate or party in Nigeria’s upcoming ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Nigeria, Countrywide Event: There is an increase in ISIS propaganda videos specifically directed to Nigeria and the ongoing civil unrest in Borno state and the Northeast.  ISIS West Africa (ISWA) and Boko Haram have both stated they plan to disrupt the upcoming 2019 presidential elections by conducting attacks on Nigerian Security and infrastructure, as ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and Consulate Remain Open During U.S. Government Shutdown

Abuja – The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the Consulate General in Lagos will remain open during the U.S. government shutdown.  This includes the Consular Sections.  Prior reports to the contrary were incorrect. American Centers and EducationUSA offices operating on embassy and consulate grounds that are managed by Mission Public Affairs Sections will remain closed throughout ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Mission to Nigeria

Location:  Nigeria, country-wide Event:  During the holiday season, security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented by ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: – Closure of the U.S. Embassy Abuja and Consulate General Lagos

White House Executive Order dated December 18, 2018 declares closed all executive offices and agencies on Monday, December 24, the day before Christmas.  This holiday day off is completely unrelated to and independent of any government shutdown possibility. No consular services will be available. If you already have a regular visa or ACS appointment for ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Donates Equipment to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps t

Abuja – On November 21, 2018, the U.S. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) handed over approximately one hundred thousand dollars ($100’000) in equipment to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps’ Borno State Command.  The equipment was donated to assist the NSCDC Borno Command in improving its administrative effectiveness in providing ... Read More»

Nigeria at a Crossroads: The Upcoming Elections

Testimony Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs U.S. House of Representatives, Sub-Committee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations Washington, DC December 13, 2018 Introduction Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Bass, and distinguished Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today regarding the upcoming elections in ... Read More»

Statement on the Signing of the Peace Accord for the 2019 Elections

The United States warmly congratulates the presidential candidates and parties who have signed the Peace Accord for the 2019 Presidential elections.  We also congratulate all those advocates for Peace and Democracy who have worked together to achieve this important result.  Your Peace Accord is a great step towards the goal shared by all Nigerians of ... Read More»

U.S. Provides 3.85 Million Bed Nets for Bauchi State

Bauchi, Nigeria – At a ceremony held on November 29, the United States handed health officials 3.85 million long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets as part of its comprehensive effort to control malaria across Nigeria. The donation was made possible through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and jointly implemented by the U.S. Agency for ... Read More»

World AIDS Day 2018 – PEPFAR Releases 2018 Results

U.S Mission Nigeria has announced its achievements, under the U.S. Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Fiscal Year 2018. These results show that, in 2018: PEPFAR provides life-saving HIV treatment to over 800,000 Nigerian men, women, and children living with HIV. Approximately 7.4 million Nigerians have received HIV counseling and testing services under ... Read More»

Health Alert – Polio – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Countrywide  Event: On October 28, The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States issued a Travel Notice for polio in Nigeria.  The Nigerian Ministry of Health has reported several cases of poliovirus in the northern states of Nigeria.  CDC recommends that all travelers to Nigeria be vaccinated fully against polio.  Because of the risk ... Read More»

USAID Concludes Activity Supporting 625,000 AIDS Orphans, Vulnerable Children and their Caregivers

Abuja – In a ceremony on November 28, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) concluded a five-year activity that provided support for 500,000 children orphaned or made vulnerable by the AIDS epidemic, and 125,000 of their caregivers. Since 2013, the $45.3 million Sustainable Mechanisms for Improving Livelihoods (SMILE) activity, funded by the U.S. President’s ... Read More»

U.S. Reaffirms Commitment to Preventing Gender-based Violence

Abuja – On Monday November 26, the U.S. Embassy, in partnership with Media Campaign against Human Trafficking (MeCAHT), held multiple events to mark the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’ and the beginning of ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence’. The event started with a walk from the International Conference ... Read More»

U.S. Advocates Concerted Action to End Violence against Women and Girls

Lagos- U.S. Consul General John Bray on Monday urged Nigerians to take a firm stand against impunity, stigma and the culture of silence which fuel violence against women and girls in the country. Speaking at a public lecture organized by the rights group Women Arise and the United Nations Information Center, to mark the commencement ... Read More»

Country Public Affairs Officer Aruna Amirthanayagam – Remarks at ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ Event in Abuja

In December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution (54/134), proclaiming November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Today, I stand before you because I want to reaffirm the enduring U.S. commitment to preventing and responding to gender-based violence (GBV) globally. There is a rising trend of ... Read More»

U.S. Consulate Grant Program Gives $453 568 to 45 Nigeria Civic Organizations

Lagos—From January 2018 till date, the United States Consulate General in Lagos has awarded $453, 568 to 45 individuals, non-government organizations (NGOs), and academic institutions. The grants support a variety of worthwhile projects in the areas of human rights, transparency in government, freedom of the media, empowerment of women and youth, health, education, entrepreneurship, and ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Closure of the U.S. Embassy Abuja and Consulate General Lagos

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the Consulate General in Lagos will be closed on Tuesday November 20th in observance of the holiday Eid-el-Maulud. No consular services will be available. If you already have a regular visa or ACS appointment for that date, you will be contacted for rescheduling. As we approach the winter holidays, ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – Country Information on Nigeria Updated – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

The State Department has updated the Country Information Page for Nigeria on November 15, 2018.  This document contains useful information for U.S. citizens travelling to Nigeria or residing in Nigeria about matters of entry and exit requirements, visas, safety, security, local laws, special circumstances, health, travel and transportation. For information on security in Nigeria: See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution , Travel Advisories and Alerts,  the ... Read More»

U.S. Consulate & AFRIFF Host Nigerian Premiere of Spike Lee’s BlackkKlansman

Lagos—On Wednesday, November 14, the United States Consulate General Lagos in collaboration with the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) hosted the Nigerian première of Spike Lee’s film BlacKkKlansman.   The movie stars John David Washington, son of Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, and Adam Driver. The movie chronicles the true story of an African-American police detective ... Read More»

USAID Celebrates Civil Society Advocacy Achievements

Abuja – In a ceremony on November 8, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) concluded a five-year activity to strengthen the capacity of Nigerian civil society organizations (CSOs) to advocate government institutions for reforms that improve transparency, accountability and inclusive governance. The $19.3 million Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) activity has supported increased ... Read More»

Number of International Students in United States Reaches New High of 1.09 Million

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 13, 2018 – The number of international students in the United States surpassed one million for the third consecutive year, increasing by 1.5 percent to reach a new high of 1,094,792 million, according to the 2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange . Open Doors 2018, released today by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the U.S. Department ... Read More»

The Enduring Partnership between the United States and Nigeria

Tibor P. Nagy Assistant Secretary of State Bureau of African Affairs Baze University, Abuja – November 9, 2018 This is the last day of my first trip to Africa as the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.  I spent most of my 32-year career as an American Diplomat on this continent, and I was ... Read More»

TRANSCRIPT: Joint Press Availability Assistant Secretary Tibor P. Nagy with INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu – Abuja – November 8, 2018

**************************Start Transcript**************************  Ambassador Symington: Good afternoon everybody and welcome. Today’s is an extraordinarily important day for at least two reasons; thefirst is that we are joined here for his first time as Assistant Secretary for African Affairs of the United States of America, by Tibor Nagy who is no stranger to Nigeria. He recently served here as the Chargé d’Affaires right before ... Read More»

CNN names U.S. Government Exchange Alumna in Top 10 Heroes List

Lagos—Cable News Network (CNN), has named a 2017 alumna of the United States government-sponsored International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP), Ms. Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, as one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of the Year. Ajayi-Akinfolarin’s organization, Pearls Africa Foundation, which she founded in 2012, assists girls from underserved communities in Nigeria gain relevant technological skills to ... Read More»

U.S. Distributes 3.3 Million Insecticide-treated Bed Nets to Prevent Malaria in Akwa Ibom State

Uyo, Nigeria – The U.S. government, through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), recently donated 3.3 million bed nets for distribution in Akwa Ibom State.  PMI is jointly implemented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The bed nets, valued at $9.7 million, will be ... Read More»

Ambassador Symington Meets Makoko Schoolkids, Community Leaders, Stresses Importance of Education

On November 4, 2018, United States Ambassador W. Stuart Symington visited the Makoko community in Lagos.   There he met with the Director of Slum2School Africa Mr. Otto Orondaam, a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow. Slum2School Africa is a volunteer-driven NGO that provides instructional materials, health and psychosocial support for dozens of Makoko schoolkids. Ambassador Symington engaged ... Read More»

U.S. Advocates Greater Investment in Girl-Child Education, More Female Political Participation

Lagos—United States Consul General F. John Bray has called for increased investment in the education of the girl-child and greater political participation by women in Nigeria. Delivering the keynote address on the second day of the 17th Annual Conference of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), in Lagos on November 2, Consul General ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Awards the Julia Taft Refugee Fund to Two Nigerian Organizations

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria has awarded $25,000 in grants to support two local organizations addressing important gaps in refugee protection and assistance, gaps not addressed by larger multilateral refugee programs. The two organizations, the Centre for Caring, Empowerment and Peace Initiative (CCEPI), and Initiatives for the Empowerment of Vulnerable Persons in the Society, received ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Awards $221,902 USD in Grants to Nigerian Community-Based Organizations

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria has awarded $221,902 USD in grants in response to applications to the Ambassador’s Small Grants Program. A total of 27 projects, covering 14 Nigerian states, will be funded. These initiatives will help improve access to education and health services for vulnerable children and communities at risk. Some of the projects ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Concerned by Fatalities due to Clashes

The United States Embassy is concerned by the deaths resulting from clashes between Nigerian security forces and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in areas surrounding Abuja.  We urge Government of Nigeria authorities to conduct a  thorough investigation of the events and to take appropriate action to hold accountable those responsible for violations of ... Read More»

U.S. Consulate Supports Robotics Workshop For 303 Teachers, 187 Students

Lagos—For the second consecutive year, the United States Consulate General in collaboration with RoboRave International, a U.S.-based tech academy, has concluded a week-long robotics workshop for 303 teachers and 187 students. The participating students and teachers were from 29 public and private schools across Lagos, Ogun, and Edo states as well as the Federal Capital ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Abuja City, Nigeria Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja advises U.S. citizens that organized groups of activists are gathering in Abuja. Spontaneous demonstrations are expected to take place in the capitol area, beginning October 30 and occurring over the next several days. We have no information about the dates/times or duration of these protests.  ... Read More»

U.S. Promotes Cross-Cultural Collaboration as 13 American Writers Participate in Ake Festival

Lagos––The United States Mission in Nigeria has renewed its support for Nigeria’s burgeoning community of creative writers and artists with its participation at the 2018 Ake Arts and Book Festival. The U.S. Mission was one of the major sponsors of the 2018 Ake Arts and Book Festival, an annual event which showcases the best of ... Read More»

Sterling D. Tilley, Jr. – Remarks at Baze University Convocation

(AS DELIVERED) Thank you all very much for that warm welcome! A special thank you to Chairman Dr. Ahmadu Abubakar; Vice Chancellor, Dr. Tahir Mamman; the Registrar, Major General Muhammed Idris; the Board of Trustees; faculty and other University officials for inviting Ambassador Symington.  Unfortunately, his schedule did not allow for him to attend but, ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens – Renew U.S. Passports and Perform Notarials in Katsina City on November 5 and Kano City on November 6 – U.S. Em

Location:  November 5 Katsina City, Katsina State. November 6 in Kano City, Kano State.  Specific hotel locations and times will be provided by direct email to all those who make a reservation (below).   Event: As a special service, U.S. Embassy consular personnel will accept passport applications and perform notarials in both Katsina and Kano cities. ... Read More»

Ambassador W. Stuart Symington Visits Ilorin, Challenges University of Ilorin Graduating Class

On Monday October 22, 2018, as guest speaker at the 34th convocation lecture of University of Ilorin, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria W. Stuart Symington challenged graduating students to be good representatives of the university by making sure that whatever they do, they do it well. His theme was “Citizen Leadership and the Link between Economic ... Read More»

New U.S.-Supported ‘E-WASH’ Activity Will Bring Clean Water to Three Million Nigerians

Abuja – The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), today launched a new urban water and sanitation activity that will provide 500,000 families in six states access to a reliable supply of clean, piped water, to the benefit of three million Nigerians. Under the four-year, $60.4 million Effective Water, Sanitation ... Read More»

TRANSCRIPT: Press Briefing on U.S. policy in Africa with Assistant Secretary of State, Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. via Teleconference

Africa Regional Media Hub Press Briefing on U.S. policy in Africa with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor P. Nagy, Jr. via Teleconference, Washington, D.C. October 23, 2018   OPERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the briefing from Assistant Secretary Nagy. At this time ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary Nagy Travels to the United Kingdom, France, Togo, Guinea, Mali, and Nigeria

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs Tibor P. Nagy will travel to the United Kingdom, France, Togo, Guinea, Mali, and Nigeria October 29 – November 10. During his trip, Assistant Secretary Nagy will focus on promoting stronger trade and commercial ties between the United States ... Read More»

Nigeria Travel Advisory

The Department of State renewed its Travel Advisory for Nigeria on October 23, 2018.  The Department has raised the advisory level for northeastern Nigeria. Nigeria – Level 3: Reconsider Travel                   C T U O Reconsider travel to Nigeria due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and piracy. Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. ... Read More»

U.S. Advocates Non-Violent Elections as Major Lazer Thrills Nigerian Fans

Lagos––The United States Consulate General in Lagos in collaboration with U-Live Africa on Friday night co-hosted the Major Lazer SoundSystem Concert at the Hard Rock Beach on Victoria Island. Major Lazer, the American electronic dance music group, comprising Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire, were in Nigeria as part of a broader Africa tour which has ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission David Young – Remarks for the Dedication of the Magvoile Vocational Center Kaduna

(as prepared) Your Excellency the (Deputy) Governor, distinguished guests, Ernest and Margaret, partners, and friends, I am honored to be with you for the dedication of the Magvoile Vocational Center.  I am delighted to see all of you here today to help mark this momentous occasion and celebrate the dedication and hard work of both ... Read More»

U.S. Consul General F. John Bray’s Remarks – 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship Reunion Conference

Welcome to the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship Reunion Conference. I am exceptionally pleased to be here to open this event, and very happy to see all of you, recently returned from your six-week fellowship experience in the United States! You spent time at some of the best educational institutions our country has to offer, and ... Read More»

Additional USAID Assistance to Help Nigeria Control HIV/AIDS, Support Good Governance, and Combat Extremism

Abuja – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently announced additional assistance of $65.5 million to help achieve the development goals outlined in the bilateral U.S.-Nigerian Development Objectives Assistance Agreement signed in 2015.  The assistance brings incremental funding of the Agreement with Nigeria to $1.17 billion, representing 48 percent of the $2.45 billion pledged ... Read More»

Nigeria National Day – Press Statement by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC October 1, 2018 I would like to convey warm wishes to the government and people of Nigeria on the 58th anniversary of your independence. Nigeria remains a key partner and friend of the United States. Through its strengthening democracy, its dynamic economy, and the great ... Read More»

OSUN RESULT – JOINT EU, UK, US STATEMENT

Delegations from the Missions of the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States observed the voting in the Osun State re-run election on September 27. We once again commend the vast majority of the voters in the state for exercising their democratic rights peacefully. In contrast to our overall findings on the vote ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador’s Fund Promotes Preservation of Nigerian Rock Art

On September 25, U.S. Ambassador Stuart Symington signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Trust for African Rock Art (TARA), National Commission for Monuments and Museums (NCMM), University of Calabar, and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria.  The MOU provides a grant of $125,000 to the three organizations who are working together for the preservation of ... Read More»

Remarks by Public Affairs Officer Russell Brooks 2018 EducationUSA College Fair Lagos

Welcome to the 19th Annual EducationUSA College Fair. We’re excited to host this event with our partner the Supreme Education Foundation.  Thank you students and parents, educators and college representatives for attending – I hope that you will all benefit from this opportunity! First, let me mention a few things about the U.S. Mission to ... Read More»

Statement from the Missions of the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States on Osun Election

The Missions of the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States observed the voting in Osun State September 22.  We commend the people of Osun for voting peacefully, the Independent National Electoral Commission for the improved organisation of the election, and security services for their conduct. We urge that all continue to support ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – Protests near Embassy – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: U.S. Embassy, Abuja city, Nigeria and nearby areas. Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja advises U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place this morning near the Embassy grounds and may affect access to consular services.  We have no information about the duration or schedule of these protests.  U.S. Government personnel have been ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement Condemning Murder of ICRC Midwife Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa

We utterly condemn this heinous and inhuman act and stand in solidarity with the ICRC and all those who work in service with the Nigerian people.  Midwife Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa was providing care to those most vulnerable.  This was a senseless murder.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, and to her colleagues, ... Read More»

U.S. Plays Host as AirPeace Signs Deal for Purchase of 10 Boeing Aircraft

Lagos ––The   United States Consul General F. John Bray on Thursday hosted the signing ceremony for the sale of 10 new Boeing 737 Max aircraft to one of Nigeria’s leading airlines, AirPeace. Consul General Bray officiated the signing of the purchase agreement between Boeing’s Sales Director for West & Central Africa Larry Tolliver and AirPeace ... Read More»

Country Public Affairs Officer Aruna Amirthanayagam – Remarks At American Spaces Workshop 2018

On behalf of the U.S Mission Nigeria, I welcome you all to this year’s American Spaces Workshop. Let me begin by extending our sincere appreciation to this great team of American Spaces Coordinators and partners represented here today. We congratulate each and every one of you for the wonderful job you have been doing. The ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Abuja city, Nigeria, particularly these areas often used before: Unity Fountain Eagle Square Wuse Districts The Federal Secretariat Ahmadu Bello Way Herbert Macaulay Way Shehu Shagari Way Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja advises U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place between September 7 and September 9.  We have no information about ... Read More»

Alert – Reported Seismic Activity – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Abuja city, Nigeria; particularly near the Mpape District and Maitama districts of the city. Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja has seen reports of seismic activity over the last week in the vicinity of Abuja city from the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency’s office.  At the time of this posting, their most recent ... Read More»

USAID Local Governance Activity Increases Responsiveness Of State and Local Officials to Civil Society Participation

Abuja – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today concluded a nine-year activity to improve the performance of state and local governments in Nigeria and increase involvement of civil society in the democratic process for the good of their communities. Since 2009, the Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy and Development (LEAD) activity, in partnership with government ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Overseas Voting in the November 2018 U.S. Elections

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot ... Read More»

USAID Increases Support for Good Governance and Health in Nigeria

Abuja – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently announced additional development assistance to support achieving the development goals outlined in the bilateral Development Objectives Assistance Agreement between the U.S. and Nigerian governments signed in 2015. Of the new funding, $25 million will strengthen good governance by supporting state governments’ efforts to bolster Nigeria’s ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: The Re-opening of the U.S. Embassy Abuja’s Consular Section

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja’s consular section will reopen on August 24 for full services for both visas and American Citizen Services (ACS).   Please note that consular functions at the U.S. Consulate Lagos were never affected and will continue as usual. We regret the inconvenience this interruption of service in Abuja has caused. Visa and ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Mission to Nigeria

Security Alert – U.S. Mission to Nigeria (August 17, 2018) Location: Country-wide, Nigeria. Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed on Tuesday, August 21 and Wednesday, August 22 in observance of Eid-el-Kabir.  The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate General will reopen on Thursday, August 23. Please ... Read More»

“Strengthen Ethno-Religious Tolerance in Nigeria”- U.S. Ambassador Brownback

Lagos-The U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Samuel Brownback, has urged Nigerian political office holders, representatives of civil society and religious leaders to avoid amplifying ethno-religious tension in the country and to focus on peacebuilding. At a one-day national youth dialogue on ethno-religious tolerance organized by the U.S Consulate General Lagos, in partnership with the ... Read More»

U.S. and Partners Fund New Demographic Health Survey

Abuja – At a press conference today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Mission Director Erin Holleran joined the Ministry of Health’s  Permanent Secretary Abdulaziz Abdullahi to announce the 2018 Nigeria Demographic Health Survey (NDHS) that will provide comprehensive data to monitor and assess the health status of the population. This will be the ... Read More»

Remarks of Consul General F John Bray – Religious Tolerance Conference Lagos

As prepared for delivery We are together here today to recognize a simple idea: There is nothing more sacred than a human life. For that reason, we each stand committed to tolerance and understanding.  We stand committed to the freedom to practice our religions without threat of violence or intimidation. I want to state firmly ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Supports Training of 44 Nigerian Medical Oncologists

Abuja – The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with Project PINK BLUE, kicked off medical training for 44 Nigerian clinical oncologists from August 13-25 at the African University of Science & Technology in Abuja.  In Nigeria, cancer is increasingly recognized as a critical health problem with rising mortality rates despite many forms of cancer being preventable ... Read More»

Embassy Abuja Temporarily Suspends Consular Services

Abuja, Nigeria – Due to reasons beyond our control we are temporarily unable to provide regular services for visa and American Citizen Services in Abuja, but other offices within the Embassy remain open.  Please note that consular functions at the  U.S. Consulate Lagos are not affected and will continue.  Until further notice, applicants are encouraged ... Read More»

Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on the Temporary Closure of U.S. Embassy Abuja’s Consular Section

Due to reasons beyond our control we are temporarily unable to provide regular services for visas and American Citizen Services in Abuja, but other offices within the Embassy remain open.  Please note that consular functions at the U.S. Consulate Lagos are not affected and will continue. Until further notice, applicants are encouraged to contact the ... Read More»

Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Temporary Closure of U.S. Embassy Abuja’s Consular Section

Until further notice, all consular appointments at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja have temporarily ceased for both visa and for American Citizen Services.  Consular functions in U.S. Consulate Lagos are not affected and will continue. Scheduled visa and ACS applicants for Abuja will be contacted for rescheduling. American citizens in northern Nigeria with emergency services ... Read More»

Remarks for U.S. Chargé D’Affaires David J. Young Screening of Northern Education Initiative Plus Films Mu Karanta! (Let’s Read!)

I am pleased to welcome you all to the Embassy for this special preview of several new films produced under USAID’s Northern Education Initiative Plus activity, Mu Karanta! (Let’s Read!) We at the U.S. mission strongly believe that increasing access to education and improving reading skills for children helps build stronger, more cohesive and resilient communities ... Read More»

Pharmaceutical Research and Development Institute Earns ISO Certification with USAID Support

Abuja – On August 9, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Mission Director Erin Holleran presented Minister of State for Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire a certificate of accreditation from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for quality control on behalf of a laboratory operated by the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD). ... Read More»

Charge d’Affaires David Young’s Remarks – Plateau State Peace-building Summit (07302018)

(Note: Transcribed from audio recording) Your Excellency the Governor, the distinguished highnesses and traditional chiefs, service chiefs, religious leaders, the leadership of the Plateau Peace Building Agency, partners, friends and the … of peace, good morning and salama alaikum.  Please forgive me, all protocols observed. I would like to acknowledge especially representatives of three organizations ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Commemorates World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

The U.S. Embassy Abuja, in collaboration with Devatop Centre for Africa Development, held a program on July 31 to commemorate World Day against Trafficking in Persons.  The program whose theme was Combating Human Trafficking: A National Priority, highlighted the scale and severity of human trafficking and efforts to fight the problem. Trafficking in persons is ... Read More»

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Aruna Amirthanayagam Remarks for VOA Film Screening – Boko Haram: Journey from Evil

Honorable representatives of the government of Nigeria, members of the diplomatic community, ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to welcome you to this special screening of Voice of America’s (VOA) award winning film, Boko Haram: Journey from Evil.  The Embassy is especially pleased to have with us today VOA Director Amanda Bennett, and VOA’s ... Read More»

CPAO Aruna Amirthanayagam Talking Points for EducationUSA Pre-Departure Orientation

Good morning, parents, friends, and most importantly students. It’s my pleasure to join you for this morning’s send-off in advance of your departure to the United States. I want to thank the Public Affairs team, especially the advisors of EducationUSA – Shade, Lilian, Kathryn, and Malate – for their support of all young Nigerians who ... Read More»

Forging New Strategies for U.S.-Africa Trade and Investment – Remarks of Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan at the AGOA Forum

DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you, Robert, for that kind introduction, and good morning, everyone. It’s a pleasure to be with you this morning. On behalf of Secretary Pompeo, I’m honored to welcome you to the State Department. And on behalf of the United States Government, I’m delighted to open the 17th annual Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Renew U.S. Passports and Perform Notarials in Jos City, Plateau State

Location:  Silk Suites Hotel at Zaramaganda Road, Ray field, in Jos City, Plateau State from 8 am to 10 am and then 2 pm to 4 pm on Monday July 9, 2018.  An interior room will be designated that morning and posted at the entrance.  Event: As a special service, U.S. Embassy consular personnel will ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Presents Awards to Three Winners of “NaijaGEMS” Photography Contest

On Friday July 6, 2018, the Country Public Affairs Officer Aruna Amirthanayagam presented prizes to the three top winners of the “NaijaGEMS” photography contest. The finalists were Mr. Ikechukwu Okeagu who won the third place prize, Canon EOS Rebel T7i with Lens; Mr. Matthias Aragbada who won a Canon EOS 80D with lens for second ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Charge D ’affairs, Mr. David J. Young Photo Exhibition to Launch PEPFAR’s 15th Anniversary Celebration

All protocols observed. Good afternoon. I would like to thank you for joining us at this Photo Exhibition. The exhibition affords us an occasion to reflect on an initiative, which began 15 years ago. Called the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief or PEPFAR, this initiative has helped to expand and sustain life-saving treatment, ... Read More»

Security Alert – Heightened Police Activity in Abuja City – U.S. Mission to Nigeria (July 5, 2018)

Location:  Abuja city, Abuja Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria. Event:  The Embassy has received credible reports that seven Nigerian police were killed July 3 in a violent incident upon the “airport road” between central Abuja city and the Namdi Azikiwe International Airport.  The Embassy community is observing the security guidance of the subsequently issued police notice ... Read More»

Remarks at the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

MS JOHNSTONE: Hello, and welcome to the Department of State. My name is Kari Johnstone and I’m the acting director for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Thank you all for joining us today to mark the release of the 18th annual Trafficking in Persons or TIP Report. It is an honor to ... Read More»

President Buhari launches U.S.-Supported National AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey

Abuja – Today, at the Presidential Villa, President Muhammadu Buhari officially launched the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) in partnership with the U.S. government and the Global Fund. The U.S. government is providing $71 million for the survey through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), while the Global Fund will provide ... Read More»

U.S. and U.K. Agree to Continue Joint Funding For ‘Free, Fair Elections’ in Nigeria

Abuja – On June 22, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) amended a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to extend their joint funding arrangements to support Nigeria’s electoral processes through 2020 with an increased DFID contribution. The additional £5.5 million (US $7.3 million) pledged by ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador W. Stuart Symington – Embassy Abuja National Day Celebration

Good evening and welcome!! Thank you for joining us to celebrate 242 years of Independence for the United States of America. In a few moments, many of us will watch a very important World Cup match. That contest will unfold on a level playing field, with rules fairly enforced under the watchful gaze of fans ... Read More»

Rural Herder-Farmer Violence in Nigeria – Statement by Heather Nauert, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of civilians and destruction of property in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region over the weekend.  We are concerned by the recent increase in armed violence against civilians and call on all political and community leaders to lend their voices to peace and to work together ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Nigeria, countrywide Event: The Nigeria Customs Service has issued a Security Alert and implemented intensified screening of all passengers and luggage into and out of Nigeria. This action follows publication of Nigerian media reports alleging a terrorist plot to place explosives on commercial airlines. The U.S. Mission to Nigeria is not recommending any change ... Read More»

U.S. Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project Boosts Quality of Life for 52,000 Rural Households

Abuja – Over the past five years, the Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods project helped pull some of the most vulnerable families in Nigeria out of poverty by taking an integrated approach to improving agricultural production, income generation, nutrition, and sanitation, officials affirmed at a June 20 closing ceremony for the activity.    Administered by the ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary of State Pompeo – United States Commemorates World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, we join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and our international partners in commemorating the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to persecution and conflict. As global displacement has reached record levels, it is vital that new actors ... Read More»

Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson – Terrorist Attack in Nigeria

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack on Saturday night in Damboa, Nigeria.  This violent attack – aimed at civilians celebrating with their families and communities during the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan – is a reminder of the depravity of those ... Read More»

Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom to travel to Nigeria

Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback will travel to Abuja, Kaduna, and Lagos, Nigeria from June 18-22. Alongside Ambassador W. Stuart Symington, Ambassador Brownback will meet with government officials, religious leaders, and civil society groups. The Ambassadors will also tour the National Mosque and visit a refugee camp. For more information, please ... Read More»

U.S. Announces $102 Million in New Humanitarian Assistance to Nigeria

Funding makes up majority of $112 million to Lake Chad Basin. Abuja – At today’s Plenary Session of the ongoing National Conversation on the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria W. Stuart Symington announced an additional $102 million in humanitarian assistance to Nigeria that will address the shelter, health and food security needs of populations in ... Read More»

U.S. Dedicates New Medical Warehouse

Lagos – On May 31, 2018, officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) joined Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole to commission a central medical storage facility that will enable the Ministry to supply quality, life-saving health commodities to millions of Nigerians. The $5.2 million Lagos Federal Medical Warehouse facility was constructed in ... Read More»

TRANSCRIPT: Briefing on the 15th Anniversary of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

Africa Regional Media Hub Press Briefing on the 15th Anniversary of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) with U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Ambassador Deborah L. Birx via Teleconference, Washington, D.C. May 29, 2018 OPERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to the ... Read More»

Health Alert – Public Health Advisory on Ebola in Nigeria – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Event:  On May 12, the Nigerian Center for Disease Control issued a Public Health Advisory on Ebola.  Their Port Health Services unit has been placed on alert and have heightened screening measures at Nigerian ports of entry because of an outbreak of Ebola in the nearby Democratic Republic of Congo which began in May 2018. The World Health Organization has reported 45 possible cases of Ebola virus disease ... Read More»

Release of the 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom

Remarks Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC May 29, 2018 MS NAUERT: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the State Department. Thank you for coming in so early this morning for the unveiling of the  International Religious Freedom Report . I’d like to first introduce Secretary Pompeo, who will give some brief remarks and an announcement. ... Read More»

Statement On The Occasion of Democracy Day, 29 May 2018

U.S. Joins Allies and Partners in Celebrating Nigeria’s Democracy Day and Calls for Free, Fair, and Inclusive 2019 Elections We join Nigerians today in celebrating the day on which democracy and civilian rule were restored. In Nigeria, as in so many of our countries, the right for all citizens to enjoy equal participation in the democratic ... Read More»

U.S. Candidate for Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM)

White House Press Statement on Ken Isaacs The Administration of President Donald J. Trump strongly supports the candidacy of Ken Isaacs as Director General for the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The United States is the world leader in humanitarian assistance, and we will continue to lead. That is why we believe it is crucial ... Read More»

60 Young Nigerians to attend 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria will send 60 young Nigerians to participate in the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship program for six weeks from June 18 to August 2.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  It is composed of academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.  A total ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Mission to Nigeria

Location:  Nigeria, countrywide Event:  The U.S. government remains concerned that terrorists are intent on targeting U.S. citizens, including children.  Terrorists may employ a variety of tactics, such as violent assaults and kidnappings.  In the past, they have used knives, guns, and vehicles as ramming devices.  They may target schools, hospitals, churches, tourist locations, transportation hubs, ... Read More»

Talking Points for Consul General John Bray 2018 World Press Freedom Day

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen: Thank you for joining us today to celebrate the 2018 World Press Freedom Day. Let me also extend our special thanks to our distinguished speakers and panelists who will be discussing various aspects related to this year’s theme ––Media and the Transparency of the 2019 Election. I would like to warmly ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Terrorist Attacks in Nigeria

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the craven terrorist attacks Tuesday against a mosque in Mubi, Nigeria.  These attacks, which deliberately targeted people at a place of worship, are a stark reminder of the depravity of those who commit mass murder against innocents.  As President Donald J. Trump reaffirmed with President Buhari of ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting With Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 1, 2018 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Deputy Secretary John Sullivan met with Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama on April 30, as part of the official working visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Washington, DC. The Deputy Secretary recognized Nigeria’s leadership on our shared ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and President Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Joint Press Conference

Rose Garden 1:39 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Today, I’m honored to host President Buhari of Nigeria at the White House, right here in the beautiful Rose Garden. President Buhari, I want thank you very much for traveling to Washington for these important discussions.  It’s a true pleasure to welcome ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and President Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Before Bilateral Meeting

Oval Office 12:09 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  It’s an honor to be with President Buhari of Nigeria.  We have many things that we do together, as you know, probably — especially on terrorism and terrorism-related. We also have a very big trade deal that we’re working on for military equipment — ... Read More»

The United States Government Donates 2.6 Million Insecticide-Treated Bed Nets to the People of Kebbi State

Abuja – The United States Government, through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), has donated 2.6 million bed nets for distribution in Kebbi State.  PMI is jointly implemented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The bed nets, valued at $7.2 million, will be distributed ... Read More»

U.S. Government Releases Malaria Report, Showcasing Progress, Outlining Challenges in Nigeria

April 26 2018 – The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), today released its twelfth annual report , documenting progress across its programs, including Nigeria. In 2017, the United States, through PMI, worked with partner countries to benefit more ... Read More»

Meet Mike Pompeo, the new Secretary of State

Few Americans possess a resume as varied as that of Mike Pompeo: first in his class at West Point, an editor of the Harvard Law Review, entrepreneur, congressman and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Add a new line to that resume: America’s chief diplomat. Pompeo, 54, was sworn in 26 April 2018 as the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Marks World Press Freedom Day with Week of Activities

Abuja, Nigeria – The U.S. Embassy will mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day with multiple events from May 2 through May 5, 2018, in partnership with Nigerian institutions and organizations. Visiting Nigeria for the activities will be an American journalist, Ms. Linda Hervieux. Ms. Hervieux is both a journalist and photographer whose work has ... Read More»

Remarks By U.S. Consul General F. John Bray Launch of Expanded “Know Your Rights” App

I want to acknowledge Mr. Adeoloa Austin Oyinlade and the work he has done to strengthen respect and support for the protection of human rights in Nigeria. Over the years we have turned to Mr. Oyinlade for his insights on the status of human rights in Nigeria. As long ago as 2012 he spoke at ... Read More»

Release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Remarks John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Press Briefing Room Washington, DC MS NAUERT: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for coming, especially on a Friday. Today the State Department released the  2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices . Promoting freedom – promoting and defending human rights and fundamental freedoms are central to who we are as ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Marks World Book and Copyright and World Intellectual Property Days with a Week of Workshops and Concerts

Abuja, Nigeria – The U.S. Embassy will mark World Book and Copyright Day and World Intellectual Property Day with multiple events from April 23 through April 27, 2018. On Monday, April 23, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria W. Stuart Symington will join H.E. Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo and nine Ambassadors and High Commissioners of diplomatic Missions in ... Read More»

Press Briefing with U.S. Army Africa Acting Commanding General Brig Gen Eugene LeBoeuf and Nigeria Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen T.Y. Buratai ALFS 2018

OPERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the African Land Forces Summit. During today’s conference, phone lines are in a listen-only mode with question and answer a little bit later on. If you should require operator assistance, you may press * and then 0. And as a reminder, today’s call is ... Read More»

Chargé d’ Affaires David Young – Remarks at the 6th Africa Land Forces Summit 2018 – Abuja

Early in my diplomatic career, I served in Vietnam, a nation in which we, the United States, obviously have a long and complicated military history.  During my tour in Hanoi, I learned about the story of Captain Roger Donlon – the first person to win the Medal of Honor for his actions in that conflict. ... Read More»

U.S. Consul General F. John Bray Graduation – Ceremony for Fellows of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative

I want to start by thanking some of the people who made all of this possible tonight. First off, thank you to our Public Affairs Section for working so hard to make sure that the finances for this program are maintained and distributed each year.  Thank you to our CYFI alumni coordinators for your tireless ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

President Donald J. Trump will welcome President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria to the White House on April 30, 2018.  President Trump looks forward to discussing ways to enhance our strategic partnership and advance our shared priorities: promoting economic growth and reforms, fighting terrorism and other threats to peace and security, and building on Nigeria’s role ... Read More»

U.S. Consulate, FSD Academy Train 121 Emerging Entrepreneurs in Port Harcourt

Port Harcourt—- The United States Consulate General Lagos in collaboration with Field of Skills and Dreams VTE Academy, on Wednesday, April 11, concluded the second edition of the Conference for Emerging Entrepreneurs which was held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. One hundred and twenty one (121) budding Nigerian entrepreneurs participated in the two-day workshop. The ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Nigeria Photo Contest Initiative Kicks-Off

Abuja, Nigeria – The U.S. Embassy in Abuja is inviting Nigerians to compete in its NaijaGems photography contest, an initiative of the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, W. Stuart Symington. The contest opens on Friday, April 6, 2018 and submissions are due on May 4, 2018. The top photos will win prizes. This contest will offer ... Read More»

Primary Health Care Agreements Mark ‘New Stage’ In USAID Partnership with Bauchi and Sokoto States

Sokoto, Nigeria – On March 21, USAID Mission Director Stephen M. Haykin joined the Sultan of Sokoto, Minister of Health Isaac Adewole, philanthropists Bill Gates and Aliko Dangote, and the governors of Bauchi and Sokoto states by video teleconference to sign two agreements to expand access to quality, affordable health care in the two states. ... Read More»

U.S. Commercial Service, McAfee Host Breakfast Forum on Cyber Security in Nigeria

Lagos—The U.S. Commercial Service in Nigeria in collaboration with U.S. cyber-security company —McAfee Incorporated, on Wednesday hosted a breakfast seminar in Lagos for cyber security experts and corporate end-users. At the program, the American computer security software company also announced the launch of its Enhanced Unified Defense Architecture designed to empower organizations to more effectively protect today’s ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission David J. Young Talking Points for World TB Day 2018 Commemoration

I am delighted to be a part of today’s event in observance of World TB Day 2018. March 24 or World TB Day each year is aimed at building public awareness that tuberculosis or TB remains an epidemic in much of the world. In Nigeria alone, TB claims more than 1.5 million lives annually, according ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Consul General F. John Bray TechWomen Mentoring Program for Nigerian Female STEM Leaders

Good morning everyone. It is an honor for me to welcome the 16-member delegation of senior tech executives and professionals from the Silicon Valley who promote STEM education and technology in the United States. These delegation members represent organizations as diverse as Twitter, LinkedIn, Netflix, and Mozilla. Among them are also representatives of Autodesk, WomenCollege ... Read More»

Silicon Valley Women Tech Leaders Visit Nigeria for Week-Long Mentorship Program

A 16-member delegation of senior women technology executives and professionals from Silicon Valley, California are visiting Nigeria from March 18-23 as part of the TechWomen program. They represent organizations as diverse as Twitter, LinkedIn, Netflix, Mozilla, Autodesk, WomenCollegeTech, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Juniper Networks, as well as Fairrer Samani Group, Northgate Environmental Management, Jessica ... Read More»

U.S. Provides 1.6 Million Bed Nets for Nasarawa State

Lafia, Nigeria – At a ceremony held March 15, the United States handed over 1.6 million long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets as part of its comprehensive effort to control malaria across Nigeria. The donation was made possible through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and jointly implemented by the U.S. Agency for International Development ... Read More»

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Remarks With Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama at a Press Availability

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Presidential Villa Abuja, Nigeria March 12, 2018 MODERATOR: Gentlemen of the press, we are delighted to have hosted the American Secretary of State, Mr. Rex Tillerson, who just left our president a short while ago. Now he is here with our minister of foreign affairs, and they are going to ... Read More»

Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting With Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

The below is attributable to the State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Tillerson met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on March 12 in Abuja to strengthen the U.S. partnership with Nigeria. He recognized Nigeria’s leadership in the Lake Chad Basin Multinational Joint Task Force which seeks to defeat Boko Haram and the ISIS affiliate in ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Temporary Closure on March 13, Passport Renewals, Fee Changes

Temporary Closure in Abuja: The consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Abuja will be temporarily closed on Tuesday, March 13.  We regret that you will not be able to pick up your passports or social security checks on that day.  Passport Renewals: Are your family’s passports ready for international travel this summer? Many countries ... Read More»

United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for African Countries Facing Severe Food Insecurity

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Today, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced nearly $533 million in humanitarian assistance for the people of Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria, as well as countries in the Lake Chad region, where millions are facing life-threatening food insecurity and malnutrition as a result of ongoing conflict or ... Read More»

U.S.-Africa Relations: A New Framework

Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia MR CABRERA: Good morning, everyone. Thank you so much for being with us today for a very, very special presentation. I’m honored to welcome our Secretary of State to George Mason, who, as you know, is on his way to a very important trip to ... Read More»

TRANSCRIPT – Press Briefing with Acting Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Don Yamamoto – Secretary Tillerson’s March 6-13 Visit to A

Africa Regional Media Hub Teleconference, Washington, D.C. OPERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the Department of State conference call. At this time, all participants are in listen only mode. Later, we will conduct a question and answer session, and instructions will be given at that time. If you should ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Rann Attack

The United States strongly condemns the killing of three Nigerian aid workers in a Boko Haram attack on a military installation in Rann, Borno State. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and to every family whose loved ones have been affected by this and other terrorist acts. We voice our ... Read More»

Secretary Tillerson to Travel to Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Nairobi, N’Djamena, and Abuja

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON On his first official trip to Africa, Secretary Rex Tillerson will travel to N’Djamena, Chad; Djibouti, Djibouti; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Nairobi, Kenya; and Abuja, Nigeria, March 6-13, 2018. Secretary Tillerson will meet with leadership in each country, as well as the leadership ... Read More»

USAID Convenes Interfaith Dialogues for Religious and Civic Leaders in Nigeria

Abuja – Over the last five years, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the training of more than 8,500 political, clerical, and civic leaders on religious tolerance in an effort to mitigate ethno-religious conflict in some of Nigeria’s most volatile regions. The assistance from USAID was provided through the Training of Leaders on ... Read More»

American Comedian Brings Wong Street Journal to Lagos Theatre Festival

Lagos—- Renowned American performance artist and comedian, Kristina Wong, is visiting Lagos this week to participate in the Lagos Theatre Festival.   The festival runs from  February 27 to March 4. Supported by the United States Consulate General Lagos, Wong will conduct master classes for performing arts students, faculty, and theatrical directors at the University of ... Read More»

Embassy Abuja Trains NPF Borno Anti-Bomb Squad.

The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria and the NPF Borno Anti-Bomb Squad are working together for a secure future. On February 1, the U.S. Embassy through its office of the Legal Attache attended a workshop with the Borno State EOD Squad. They shared information focused on the priorities of protecting the public, protecting the EOD members ... Read More»

USAID Launches New Support to Political Parties

Three year activity will help elected officials become more responsive to citizens Abuja – On February 13, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria W. Stuart Symington joined more than 40 prominent Nigerian politicians and International Republican Institute (IRI) President, Daniel Twining to launch a new activity supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to help ... Read More»

U.S. Partners with “Project PINK BLUE” for Launch of Medical Oncology Training

Abuja – Friday, February 9, U.S. Mission Nigeria-supported “Project PINK BLUE” launched the Upgrade Oncology: Medical Oncology Training Program in Abuja. “Project PINK BLUE” is a non-profit organization engaged in raising cancer awareness, patient navigation, advocacy and free breast and cervical cancer screening for underprivileged women. Upgrade Oncology is a capacity development program focused on ... Read More»

TRANSCRIPT – Telephonic Press Briefing: Acting Director for Economic and Regional Affairs Harry Sullivan on AGOA

Africa Regional Media Hub Press Briefing with Acting Director for Economic and Regional Affairs Harry Sullivan AGOA and U.S. Economic Policy in Africa Via Teleconference, Washington, D.C. February 13, 2018  OPERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, thanks for standing by and welcome to the Department of State AGOA and U.S. Economic Policy in Africa conference call. At ... Read More»

Mandela Washington Fellow Sparks Collaboration Between Artists and Healthcare Professionals

Lagos––A 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow, Mr. Kunle Adewale, on Sunday inaugurated an Art in Medicine Fellowship for public health practitioners and professional artists in Lagos. Eighty five (85) medical professionals including doctors, nurses, and trained caregivers as well as fifteen (15) visual artists were inducted into the yearlong fellowship. The 100 inductees will hold a ... Read More»

African Members of G7 High Tech Crime Network Meet in Nigeria

Abuja – The United States Mission Nigeria hosted workshops on the functions of the G7 24-7 High Tech Crime Network for Sub-Saharan Africa from January 30-February 2, 2018 in Abuja. The 33 attendees represented fourteen countries including Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, ... Read More»

USAID Provides $89 Million in New Assistance to Nigeria

Abuja – On January 26, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $89 million in additional development assistance to Nigeria to continue its support for development goals outlined in a Development Objectives Assistance Agreement between the U.S. and Nigerian governments signed in 2015. Nearly half of the new funding ($44 million) will support HIV/AIDS ... Read More»

USAID-Supported ‘Learning Centers’ Bring Education To 80,000 Conflict-Affected Learners in Northeast

Abuja – Since 2014, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided a peaceful environment for basic education and psycho-social support to more than 80,000 out-of-school youth in five conflict-affected states in northeast Nigeria.  Many of these children and youth, particularly girls and the physically challenged, have been traumatized by violence and are unable ... Read More»

Remarks of Consul General F. John Bray Closing Gong Ceremony at the Nigeria Stock Exchange

Thank you, Chief Executive Officer Oscar Onyeama for hosting my visit to this important institution and discussing the Nigerian capital market. Members of the board, management and staff of the Nigeria Stock Exchange, gentlemen of the press, it is my pleasure to be here today. Let me start by telling you why I am here. ... Read More»

Power Africa Partners With Ibadan Distribution Company to Strengthen Nigeria’s Energy Sector

Accord promises to increase access to electricity in the Southwest Abeokuta – On January 25, Power Africa, a U.S. government-led initiative coordinated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which seeks to double electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa, announced a new partnership to advance the power sector in Nigeria. Power Africa will extend technical ... Read More»

Fulbright Language Scholars Train 200 English Language Teachers in Ondo, Oyo States

Lagos–– Alumni of the U.S. government sponsored Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program on Thursday concluded a four-day workshop for primary school English Language teachers. The workshop tagged: “A Communicative Approach to English Language Instruction”, was held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State (January 17-18) and Abraham Adesanya College of Education, Oyo ... Read More»

American Jazz Ensemble Plays in Lagos and Abuja

Abuja – American jazz ensemble, Camille Thurman & The Darrell Green Trio, will visit Lagos and Abuja this week for a series of performances and workshops with local artists. The four person group features vocalist, saxophone player, and Fulbright alumna Camille Thurman. Together with Darrell Green (drummer), Saadi Zain (bassist), and David Bryant (pianist), the ... Read More»

National Security Strategy in a Regional Context – AFRICA

Africa remains a continent of promise and enduring challenges. Africa contains many of the world’s fastest growing economies, which represent potential new markets for U.S. goods and services. Aspiring partners across the continent are eager to build market-based economies and enhance stability. ­ ­ The demand for quality American exports is high and will likely ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Announces a National Security Strategy to Advance America’s Interests

President Donald J. Trump A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW ERA: Less than a year after taking office, President Donald J. Trump is unveiling a new National Security Strategy that sets a positive strategic direction for the United States that will restore America’s advantages in the world and build upon our country’s great ... Read More»

Remarks By Acting Consul General Darcy F. Zotter At the Opening of Disability-Friendly Digital Hub Agege, Lagos

Good morning everyone. It is an honor for me to welcome you to the opening of this technology and entrepreneurship hub for persons living with disabilities. I would like to recognize the Lagos State Director for the Office of Disability Affairs, Dr. Adebukola Adebayo. I am happy to learn that Dr. Adebayo is a 2013 ... Read More»

Akwa Ibom Releases First-Ever AIDS Indicator Survey Funded by USAID

Abuja, Nigeria – On November 27, the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Health formally presented findings of the Akwa Ibom AIDS Indicator Survey (AKAIS).  The survey was carried out across 31 local government areas between April and June of this year and is a population-based, cross-sectional survey.  It is one of the first states in ... Read More»

The United States Government Donates 2.9 Million Insecticide-treated Mosquito Bed Nets to the People of Sokoto State

Abuja, Nigeria – On December 14, the U.S. Government through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) donated 2.9 million bed nets for distribution in Sokoto State. The bed nets, valued at $8.1 million will be distributed in all 23 local government areas of the State. The U.S. Government also provided an additional $1.5 million for logistics, ... Read More»

Ambassador Symington Launches YALI Transparency Campaign in Lagos

Lagos–Members of the Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network on Monday kick-started a month-long “Transparency and Good Governance Campaign” in commemoration of the 2017 International Anti-Corruption Day. The campaign which seeks to explore ways in which individuals can cultivate and encourage more transparent, accountable behavior will involve a mix of online and in-person activities, including blog posts, ... Read More»

U.S. Boosts Nigeria’s Counter-Narcotics Efforts, Donates Vehicles, Tactical Equipment to NDLEA

Lagos––As part of its continuing support of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the United States government on Wednesday donated seven vehicles and a variety of technical equipment to the Nigerian counter-narcotics agency. The items and equipment included (3) Honda Accord vehicles; (3) Toyota Hilux trucks;  (1) Toyota Hiace Van; a Smith Detection Body ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Holiday Security Reminder 

The U.S. Mission urges all U.S. citizens to exercise caution in and around shopping centers, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, and other places where crowds gather in and around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), from now through the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season.  Terrorist groups have threatened to conduct bombings and ... Read More»

U.S. Mission Nigeria Announces 2018 Funding Opportunity for Cultural Preservation

Abuja, Nigeria – U.S. Mission Nigeria is calling for proposals for the 2018 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for both large and small grants.  The deadline for receipt of proposals is January 19, 2018. The AFCP was established by the U.S. Congress in 2001 in collaboration with the Department of State’s Bureau of ... Read More»

Press Statement – Terrorist Attack in Nigeria

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 21, 2017 The United States condemns today’s terrorist attack in Mubi, Adamawa State and extends our sincere condolences to the Nigerian people and the families of the victims killed in the attack. That the victims were targeted and killed in a place of worship demonstrates yet ... Read More»

U.S. & Nigeria Agree to Commercial and Investment Dialogue

Abuja, Nigeria – Yesterday, U.S. Department of Commerce and Nigeria’s Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment (MITI) finalized the Memorandum of Understanding to formally establish a new bilateral policy instrument focused on trade and investment between Nigeria and the United States. The U.S.-Nigeria Commercial and Investment Dialogue (CID) is a U.S. Department of Commerce and ... Read More»

THE UNITED STATES – NIGERIA BI-NATIONAL COMMISSION JOINT COMMUNIQUE

The United States-Nigeria Bi-National Commission (BNC) met on November 20, 2017, in Abuja, Nigeria. The BNC was co-chaired by Geoffrey Onyeama, Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Nigeria and John J. Sullivan, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of State, United States of America. This year’s BNC focused on advancing U.S.-Nigerian shared prosperity, including discussion ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Of State John Sullivan Opening Remarks: U.S.-Nigeria BNC

Thank you for your warm welcome, Foreign Minister Onyeama. It is a pleasure to be here in Nigeria and an honor to lead the U.S. delegation to this year’s U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission. I am joined by colleagues from the State Department, USAID, the Departments of Defense, Commerce, and our Trade Representative. As the interagency makeup ... Read More»

USTDA Launches U.S. Gas Infrastructure Export Initiative

Lagos, Nigeria – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) launched the U.S. Gas Infrastructure Exports Initiative. As part of the Initiative, USTDA is announcing a call for gas-related project proposals for project preparation grants. USTDA grant funding typically ranges between $500,000 to $1 million USD for project preparation activities necessary to demonstrate the ... Read More»

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Visits Nigeria for BNC

Abuja, Nigeria – Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will visit Nigeria on November 19 and 20, where he will lead the U.S. interagency delegation to the Bi-National Commission (BNC) meetings in Abuja. The Bi-National Commission will be hosted by Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama. Working groups at the BNC will focus on security ... Read More»

Nigeria sees a rise to 11,710 students in the U.S.

Nigeria retained its top ranking as the number one source of African students studying in the United States, according to the  2017 Open Doors Report released on Monday, November 13. The International Educational Exchange data released by the Institute of International Education (IIE) shows that there are 11, 710 Nigerian students currently pursuing their educational goals in the United ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Awards $404,553 in Grants to Nigerian Civic Groups

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria has awarded $404,553 in grants in response to applications to its 2017 annual program statement.  A total of 23 projects were funded that will address issues of concern to all Nigerian citizens.  The grantees include civil society organizations, arts companies, and alumni of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) ... Read More»

The U.S. Government and ECOWAS Renew Partnership for Security and Development in West Africa

Abuja, Nigeria – On Friday, November 10, 2017, the United States Government and the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) reaffirmed their commitment and collaboration to strengthen harmonization and delivery of development programs that aid millions of people throughout West Africa.  Alex Deprez, Mission Director, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/West Africa and the ... Read More»

Two-day CDC Nigeria HIV & TB Intervention Symposium Opens in Abuja

Abuja – A two-day symposium to examine efforts made in HIV/AIDS and TB intervention by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Nigeria in collaboration with its implementing partners began today in Abuja. The theme of the symposium, “Partnering for Sustainable HIV Epidemic Control in Nigeria,” reflects the United States’ resolve to ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Violence in Abuja – Wuse Market and Julius Berger Junction

The U.S. Embassy received news of a violent protest in the area of Wuse Market and Julius Berger junction.  U.S. citizens should avoid these areas. Exercise caution in these areas; review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of ... Read More»

Four American Documentaries Enter 2017 Africa International Film Festival

Abuja – The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos is partnering with the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) to present four American documentaries to Nigerian audiences. The films, The If Project, All the Difference, She Started It, and Class Divide are all featured in the American Film Showcase (AFS), a partnership between the U.S. State Department ... Read More»

Remarks by CG F. John Bray – The 2017 RoboRAVE Robotics Workshop and Competition at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Complex, Abeokuta

I want to first thank former President Obasanjo for allowing RoboRAVE Nigeria to use this amazing facility. It is a pleasure to be here. Mr. President, your support for education in Nigeria, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in particular, is admirable. I would be remiss if I did not also acknowledge Mr. Kingsley ... Read More»

Remarks by Consul General F. John Bray – Cybersecurity Awareness

Thank you for coming today. As I believe many of you would agree cybersecurity is an important issue. October marks the 14th Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).  This national public awareness campaign is a collaborative effort between government and industry that encourages individuals to protect their computers and our nation’s critical cyber infrastructure. ... Read More»

Consul General F. John Bray – Talking Points at the Opening of RoboRAVE – Lagos

Welcome to the opening of a week of robotics learning and challenges. As some of you may know, this is the first such event in sub-Saharan Africa. There will be two days of trainings in Lagos followed by three days of training and competitions at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential library in Abeokuta. In Lagos separate ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy promotes connections between African Journalists

Abuja, Nigeria– Working in partnership with some Nigerian and Ethiopian media organizations, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja Nigeria and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have initiated an exchange program to promote connections between journalists in Africa especially between Ethiopian and Nigerian journalists.  The program entitled “Uniting African Journalists” is scheduled for the last weeks of October and ... Read More»

U.S. Promotes STEM Education in Nigeria, Trains 460 Students, Teachers on Robotics

Lagos–– Today, the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria, in collaboration with RoboRave International, a U.S.-based robotics education academy, began a week-long robotics workshop for 460 elementary, secondary, and university students, STEM teachers, robotics enthusiasts, and scientists. The training is being hosted at the American Corner at Co-Creation Hub (CCHUB), Yaba, Lagos (October 23-25) and at ... Read More»

U.S. and FCT High Court draft “Benchbook” for Nigerian Judges

Abuja – On October 20, the U.S. Embassy’s Resident Legal Advisor and the Federal Capital Territory High Court, led by Chief Judge I.U. Bello, marked the conclusion of a nine month effort to draft a best practices handbook to guide the handling of complex financial crimes in a ceremony held at the headquarters of the ... Read More»

USAID Successfully Concludes Activity Supporting the Agricultural Inputs System in Nigeria

Abuja – On October 20, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) marked the successful conclusion of the three year, $3 million Feed the Future Nigeria Agro-Inputs Activity.  The activity built the capacity of agro-inputs dealers to provide extension advisory services to farmers and to compensate for a shortfall of public extension agents in the ... Read More»

Consul General F. John Bray Opening Remarks VOA Journalism Training – Lagos

Welcome and thank you all for being here today. It is exciting to see such strong interest in deepening and broadening your skills as journalists. I want to express my deep appreciation to our workshop trainers: Senior Investigative Analyst Jeffrey Young and Digital Managing Editor Kathleen Struck for accepting our invitation to come to Nigeria ... Read More»

Country Public Affairs Officer Aruna Amirthanayagam Talking Points for Screening of The IF Project

Welcome to the Abuja Film Festival and tonight’s screening of The IF Project. The U.S. Embassy is proud to support the Abuja Film Festival for the second year in a row and the wonderful week of film it offers the city and the country. We’re especially proud tonight to feature The IF Project, one of ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Abuja Hosts Former Major League Baseball Pitcher Jeremy Guthrie

The U.S. Embassy is hosting former Major League Baseball pitcher Jeremy Guthrie in Abuja, Nigeria. Guthrie is participating in the Baseball Tomorrow Academy youth baseball camp being held at the National Stadium. Speaking to the press, Guthrie said, “the goal is to work with these kids,  give them something that they can work on, inspire ... Read More»

United States Provides Additional $17 Million in Assistance to Reduce Poverty in Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria — On October 4, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced an additional $17 million in development assistance to fulfill the goals outlined in its 2015 Development Objectives Assistance Agreement with the Government of Nigeria.  This brings the total of development assistance provided under this agreement to $719 million. The additional ... Read More»

Remarks of Consul General F. John Bray at Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Reunion

First, let me welcome you to the 2017 (MWF) Reunion Conference. For those just returning from their fellowship experience, I would also like welcome you back to Nigeria.  For six weeks (or more, if you participated in the internship program) you attended leadership sessions, collaborated with colleagues and made connections that span the continent, all ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada

HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Our Nation is heartbroken.  We mourn with all whose loved ones were murdered and injured in last night’s horrible tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada.  As we grieve, ... Read More»

Nigeria National Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the Government of Nigeria and the Nigerian people as you celebrate your national independence on October 1. The United States and Nigeria have a strong and enduring partnership that benefits both our nations. The U.S.-Nigeria partnership is ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Closure

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed on Monday, October 2nd, in observance of Nigerian Independence Day.  The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate General will reopen on Tuesday, October 3rd. Have a safe and happy holiday! For further information about security in Nigeria: See the  State Department’s travel website for the  Worldwide Caution ... Read More»

Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects for Advancing Durable Peace

Remarks Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. Under Secretary for Political Affairs U.S. Institute of Peace Washington, DC (As Prepared for Delivery) Good morning. Thank you, President Lindborg, for the kind introduction. I am grateful to you and Ambassador Carson for the invitation to participate in this important symposium on Nigeria. It is great to be back ... Read More»

PAO Darcy Zotter Challenged Young Librarians in Nigeria to Make a Difference in the Library and Information Profession.

Lagos – U.S. Consulate General Lagos and Goethe-Institut , Nigeria in collaboration with the University of Abuja and Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W-Tec) organized a two day workshop (September 25-26, 2017) for 20 young librarians drawn from the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. The theme for the workshop was Innovative Services Delivery in Libraries andInformation Centers. The intent of the workshop was to equip ... Read More»

25 American Universities Attend U.S. College Fair in Lagos

Lagos–– The EducationUSA Advising Centre in collaboration with the Foreign Commercial Service of the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria on Wednesday concluded a two-day College and Career Fair in Lagos for prospective undergraduate and graduate students. The Fair held on Tuesday, September 26 and Wednesday, September 27 in Victoria Island and Ikeja respectively. At the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy sponsors “Strength in Diversity” Video Contest

Abuja, Nigeria– The U.S. Embassy in Abuja is inviting Nigerians throughout the country to compete in its “Strength in Diversity” video contest. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington opened the competition on September 6, 2017 and submissions have already been entered. The contest runs for one month and closes on October 6 so there is still time ... Read More»

Worldwide Caution

September 14, 2017 As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Curfews in Abia and Plateau states

Curfews have been declared in Abia and Plateau states because of violent attacks accompanied by threats of reprisals. Exercise caution in these areas; review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission David Young’s Goodwill Message at NACC-Kaduna SME Conference and Exhibition

(as prepared for delivery) Honorable Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment Okechukwu Enelamah Chief Famutimi, National President of the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce Matthew Obogbaimhe (oboe-buy-EEM-hey)– President and Chairman of the Kaduna Chapter of the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce, an active and valuable partner of our Embassy CD Glin, CEO and President of ... Read More»

U.S.-African Partnerships: Advancing Common Interests

Remarks of Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. Under Secretary for Political Affairs U.S. Institute of Peace Washington, DC (As prepared) Introduction Good morning. Thank you President Lindborg for your very kind and generous introduction. To you and to Ambassador Carson I am grateful for the invitation to participate in this important and timely symposium. It is always ... Read More»

USAID’s Support Boosts Trade and Investment in Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria – On September 12, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) successfully completed its five year activity aimed at boosting trade and investment in Nigeria. The USAID-funded Nigeria Expanded Trade and Transport (NEXTT) activity brought together private sector traders, processors, business service providers, and government entities to advance the trade facilitation goals ... Read More»

World Environment Day Short Story Eco-Writing Contest Finalists

U.S. Embassy Abuja is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 World Environment Day Short Story Eco-Writing Contest. On April 27, U.S. Embassy Abuja announced a writing contest on the 2017 World Environment Day theme: Connecting People to Nature.  We wish to thank all contest participants who told compelling stories of our human connection ... Read More»

Commander U.S. Naval Forces Africa visits Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria– Admiral Michelle J. Howard, commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, will visit Abuja, Nigeria, September 7-8, where she will meet senior Nigerian civilian and military officials to discuss maritime collaboration and the naval bilateral relationship. Admiral Howard is scheduled to visit Nigeria’s ... Read More»

U.S. Congressional Delegation visits Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria– An eight member Congressional delegation from the United States will visit Nigeria from August 28 – August 31.  The delegation will be led by Senator Christopher Coons (D-Delaware).  Senator Coons is a member of the Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Ethics committees. The delegation also includes Senator Gary Peters ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Violence in Abuja – Wuse 2 and Wuse Market

The U.S. Embassy received news of violence in Abuja earlier today between groups of protesters at the Wuse Market and Wuse 2 area. The Nigerian Police Force responded. U.S. citizens should avoid these areas. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant ... Read More»

U.S. Joins Nigeria’s Dedication of Medical ‘Warehouse in a Box’

Abuja, Nigeria – Today, Stephen M. Haykin, Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole to inaugurate a new state-of-the-art medical storage facility that provides medical authorities better access to life saving medicines and other essential health commodities. Known as a “warehouse in a box,” ... Read More»

Ambassador Nikki Haley on the Adoption of a UN Security Council Statement on Famine

The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a presidential statement today on the risk of famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and northeast Nigeria. Across these countries, 20 million people are at risk for famine, making it the largest food security emergency since World War II. This marks the first time the UN Security Council ... Read More»

TRANSCRIPT – AGOA Forum: Telephone Press Briefing with U.S. Government officials on Africa Affairs & Trade in Africa.

Telephonic Press Briefing with Mr. Peter Henry Barlerin, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, and Ms. Constance A. Hamilton, Acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa, Via Teleconference, Foreign Press Center, Washington, DC August 3, 2017 OPERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your patience in standing by. Welcome to the Preview Africa Growth Opportunity ... Read More»

USAID Marks Successful Conclusion of Nigerian MARKETS II Project

On August 3, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) marked the successful conclusion of the 5 year, $65 million Nigeria Maximizing Agricultural Revenue and Key Enterprises in Targeted Sites II (MARKETS II) Project.  In doing so, it transitions support and activities to local, state and federal partners.  This Feed the Future initiative brought ... Read More»

With USAID Support, a Third Drug Quality Lab Achieves International Accreditation in Nigeria

Kaduna facility is first in the north to receive ISO certification  Abuja –At a ceremony held July 27, USAID Deputy Mission Director Erin Holleran presented to the federal Minister of State for Health Dr. E. Osagie Ehanire a certificate of accreditation from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for a laboratory in Kaduna to test ... Read More»

Data Management System Pilot Project Launched at Kuje Prison

Abuja – The U.S. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in partnership with the Rule of Law Advisory Team of the Office of the Vice President of Nigeria, the Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee and the Nigeria Prison Service today launched the Prison Data Management System Pilot Project at Kuje Prison. ... Read More»

Remarks for Consul General F. John Bray Official Opening of the Lady Labs Innovation Hub Founded by IVLP Alum Abisoye Ajayi

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen! I am very pleased to be here in Yaba once again to support another chapter in our collective efforts to increase access to digital technology and technology-based entrepreneurship. A couple of weeks ago, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria W. Stuart Symington opened one of Africa’s 10 Priority American Spaces here ... Read More»

Acting DCM Aruna Amirthanayagam Talking Points for Education Pre-Departure Orientation

Good morning, parents, friends, and most importantly students.  It’s my pleasure to join you for this morning’s send-off in advance of your departure to the United States.  I want to thank the Public Affairs team, especially the advisors of EducationUSA – Shade, Lilian, Kathryn, and Malate – for their support of all young Nigerians who ... Read More»

U.S. Supports Presidential ‘Care Clinics’ to Boost Small and Medium-sized Business in Nigeria

Abuja – U.S. Chargé d’affaires David J. Young today joined Acting President of Nigeria Yemi Osinbajo and more than 5,000 entrepreneurs as the Office of the Vice President hosted  a “Care Clinic” that provided on-the-spot solutions to bottlenecks holding up small and medium-sized businesses. The clinic replicates a series of activities supported by the U.S. ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. David J. Young Abuja – MSME Care Clinic

Acting President Your Excellency Yemi Osinbajo Assembled Governors and Ministers Distinguished Guests I stand on existing protocol and thank all of you for hosting us here today as we attend this “Care Clinic” for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in Nigeria. As you may know, the U.S. government places a high priority on support to ... Read More»

Remarks By U.S. Consul General F. John Bray 2017 EducationUSA Pre-Departure Orientation

As prepared for delivery Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen! Congratulations to all of you who have been selected to attend U.S. colleges and universities for the 2017-18 academic session. Many of you in this room have received scholarships to attend prestigious universities like Howard University, Syracuse University, Drexel University, University of Wisconsin in Madison, University of ... Read More»

U.S. Special Envoy Holds Roundtable with Religious Leaders Fighting Corruption

Lagos–– Acting United States Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs Amy Lillis held a round-table discussion on Thursday with members of the Religious Leaders Anti-Corruption (RLAC) working group. The Religious Leaders Anti-Corruption (RLAC) working group was formed in 2016 by Muslim and Christian religious leaders with the primary goal of addressing how faith communities ... Read More»

U.S. Partners with Religious Leaders & NGO to Launch Anti-Corruption Website

Lagos— The United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria in collaboration with BudgIT, a local NGO, on Wednesday launched Report Yourself, a web-based platform that leverages citizen engagement to fight corruption in Nigeria. The partnership to promote Report Yourself also includes the Religious Leaders Anti-Corruption (RLAC) working group and Nigerian law enforcement agencies, This anti-corruption initiative is ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires David J. Young – Remarks for “Report Yourself” Website Launch

Distinguished guests, I want to thank you once again for participating in this outstanding initiative to address corruption in Nigeria.  Nigeria is the single most important strategic partner for the United States in Africa and in order to successfully further our shared goals, the U.S. Mission in Nigeria has made combating corruption a central priority.  ... Read More»

U.S. Pledges Support for Digital Transformation of Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Industry

Lagos—The Foreign Commercial Service of the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria, in collaboration with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Nigeria and its leading local partner, Manifold Computers, have introduced an innovative technology  Synergy and Aruba for use in the Nigerian oil and gas industry. Synergy and Aruba helps companies operating in the Nigerian oil and gas industry to increase ... Read More»

United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance in Response to Famine Risk, Violence, and Forced Displacement

Today, the United States announced nearly $639 million in additional humanitarian assistance to the millions of people affected by food insecurity and violence in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance to over $1.8 billion for these four crises since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017. With ... Read More»

Commissioning Of Jikoko Community Clinic Supported By U.S. Ambassador’s Small Grants Program

Remarks of David J. Young Chargé d’Affaires It is my pleasure to participate in this commissioning ceremony as health is one of the priority areas of U.S. development assistance in Nigeria. The U.S. – Nigeria partnership on HIV/AIDS began in 2004 through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief — known as PEPFAR. From ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Celebrates 241st Anniversary of American Independence

U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington is hosting the 241st anniversary celebration of the independence of the United States of America in Abuja today. Current and former government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, business, political, and traditional leaders, media executives, civil society representatives, leaders in academia, and other friends of the United States will be in ... Read More»

Stephen M. Haykin Sworn In as USAID Mission Director

Abuja, Nigeria – Last Friday June 23, 2017, in a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy, Ambassador W. Stuart Symington presided over the swearing-in of Stephen M. Haykin as the new U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Mission Director for Nigeria. In this capacity, Mr. Haykin will oversee all aspects of USAID/Nigeria’s development program, valued at ... Read More»

U.S. Awards Micro-Grants to Support Children Orphaned by HIV/AIDS

Lagos—The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria on Friday announced a N2.9 million micro-grant to 50 women caregivers to support the economic wellbeing of their families, particularly the vulnerable children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in five local communities in Apapa local government area of Lagos. Under the U.S. Ambassador’s PEPFAR Small Grants Program, a local non-governmental organization, ... Read More»

Trafficking in Persons Report 2017

On June 27, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report, under the theme “Enhancing Criminal Accountability and Addressing Challenges in Prosecution Efforts.” The 2017 TIP Report includes narratives for 187 countries and territories, including the United States. The goal of the report is to stimulate action and create partnerships ... Read More»

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, best wishes to all Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr. This holiday marks the culmination of Ramadan, a month in which many experience meaning and inspiration in acts of fasting, prayer, and charity. This day offers an opportunity to reflect on our shared commitment to building peaceful and prosperous ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Eid –al-Fitr Holiday

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed on Monday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 27 in observance of Eid-al-Fitr.  The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate General will reopen on Wednesday, June 28. The U.S. Mission reminds all U.S. citizens to exercise caution and be aware of their ... Read More»

Ambassador Symington Hails Launch of Lagos Chapter of U.S. Government Exchange Alumni Association

June 19, 2017 – Ambassador W. Stuart Symington and Consul General F. John Bray welcomed the June 19 launch of the Lagos Chapter of the U.S. Government Exchange Alumni Association in a ceremony held at the Colonades Hotel in Lagos. The new chapter for Lagos State welds together interested alumni from all public diplomacy exchange ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Arria-Formula Meeting on the Risk of Famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Northeast Nigeria

Ambassador Nikki Haley U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City June 16, 2017 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Ambassador. Thank you to Deputy Secretary-General Mohamed, Mr. Bousquet, and Mr. Tamburini for your briefings today. In the marshes of South Sudan, famine means that people are trying to ... Read More»

U.S. Humanitarian Assistance to Prevent Famine in Northeastern Nigeria

The U.S. is deeply concerned about the famine in South Sudan, as well as the risk of famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. We are one of the largest donors of humanitarian assistance for the people of these countries and will continue to work with other international donors to provide the life-saving aid needed ... Read More»

U.S. Government Signs $469 Million Nigeria HIV/AIDS COP 2017

Abuja – Today, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador-at-Large, Deborah L. Birx, M.D., signed the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Country Operational Plan (COP 2017). The Country Operational Plan is an annual program plan for U.S. government investments in the Nigeria National HIV/AIDS Response through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  U.S. government commitment to the ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission David Young’s Opening Remarks at ECOWAS Cybersecurity Strategy Workshop – Abuja

Good morning.  ECOWAS Commissioner for Telecommunications and IT Dr. Isaias Barreto da Rosa, representatives from the respective ECOWAS member state governments, members from the diplomatic community, our representatives from the U.S. Government, the MITRE team facilitating the workshop for us this week, ladies and gentlemen.  Thank you for gathering here this morning for this important ... Read More»

Press Statement – Death of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 5, 2017 We join the international community in mourning the passing of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). During his six and a half year tenure at the helm of UNFPA, Dr. Babatunde was a tireless advocate for the health of women ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Grant Trains Museum Curators on Preserving Nigeria’s Collections

On June 2, 2017, museum curators from across Nigeria completed a two-week workshop hosted by the National Museum in Jos, to improve the conditions of museum storage areas and access to Nigeria’s important collections. Supported through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, the “RE-Org Nigeria:  Saving Museum Collections” workshop included participants from ten national and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Honors Nigerian TechWomen

“Nigerian women are highly talented like the American women in the movie Hidden Figures,” Ambassador W. Stuart Symington said, prior to screening of the movie at Genesis Cinemas, in Abuja on Tuesday, in honor of Nigerian TechWomen.  Hidden Figures details the story of three female African-American mathematicians employed by NASA in the 1960s.  Working as ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Unveils First State-of-the Art American Space in Nigeria

Lagos–– The United States Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. W. Stuart Symington today opened Nigeria’s first state-of-the art Priority American Space hosted at the Yaba offices of technology incubator, Co-Creation Hub (CC-Hub). At the event attended by technology leaders, Ambassador Symington explained that the space, which is equipped with cutting-edge digital technology, is a center for ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security during Ramadan

The U.S. Mission reminds all U.S. citizens to exercise caution and be aware of their surroundings during Ramadan, generally observed in Nigeria from May 26 to June 24.  Security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups.  U.S. citizens should expect additional police and military checkpoints, increased security, and possible road ... Read More»

U.S. Provides $9.5 Million in Assistance to WFP to Ensure Good Health of Pregnant Women, Children under Five

ABUJA –The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided an additional $9.5 million to the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) to ensure more than 175,000 mothers and children under five do not suffer from malnutrition during this year’s “lean” season. The grant from USAID’s Health, Population, and Nutrition Office, augments ... Read More»

4H Program Comes to Benue

On May 16, 2017, Dustin Homan, Mandela Washington Fellowship Reciprocal Exchange Fellow, arrived Makurdi, Benue State.  His mission: to collaborate with 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow, Cosmas Anweh, to launch 4H clubs in Benue State.  4H, which stands for Head, Heart, Hands and Health, is a non-governmental global youth organization. Launched in 1902 in the U.S. state ... Read More»

U.S. Government Supports Nigeria in Fight against Cybercrime and Financial Fraud

Abuja – On May 23 U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria W. Stuart Symington spoke on U.S.-Nigerian cooperation in combatting cybercrime and financial fraud.  This was at the 2nd Annual Conference on Combatting Financial Fraud, Cybercrime, and Cross-Border Crimes organized by the Federal Ministry of Justice and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). He stated, “There ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Honors Mandela Fellow John Paul Usman, Donates Books Worth $2000 to University

May 16, 2017—In honor of the memory of John Paul Usman, the U.S. Embassy donated books worth $2,000 to the University of Ilorin in Kwara State. This is in addition to the $20,000 award announced on the Young Africa Leaders Initiative Network earlier. U.S. Embassy Country Public Affairs Officer Aruna Amirthanayagam while presenting the books ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Embassy Country Public Affairs Officer Aruna Amirthanayagam – Book Donation in Honor of John Paul Usman

University of Ilorin May 16, 2017 John Paul Usman was a 2016 Mandela Washington fellow and final year student Information and Communication Science at University of Ilorin. (Note: he was studying Information and Communication Science) Unfortunately, he died during his fellowship at Virginia Tech University while on a site visit to Cascade Falls on June ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Embassy Country Public Affairs Officer Aruna Amirthanayagam – Inauguration of Osun State Chapter of U.S. International Exchange Alumni

Good morning. All protocols duly observed. It is wonderful to see alumni of different Department of State exchange programs. As alumni of one of the 20 exchange programs that the Department of State has sponsored over the years in Nigeria you join more than one million Department of State alumni worldwide. It is my honor ... Read More»

101 Young Nigerians to attend 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria will send 101 young Nigerians to participate in the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship program for six weeks from June 15 to August 3. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  It is composed of academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.  A total ... Read More»

U.S. Government Launches $2.5 million Water and Sanitation Project for Kaduna and Bauchi States

Kaduna, Nigeria – Today at the State House, the U.S. government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a new water and sanitation activity that will help Kaduna and Bauchi states improve the health and hygiene of their populations. Under the two-year, $2.5 million Water and Sanitation Coordination Project (WCP), USAID will work with ... Read More»

U.S. Department of State Press Briefing on Nigeria

Special Briefing Nathan Holt Deputy Director, Office of West African Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs Via Teleconference Washington, DC May 9, 2017 MS NAUERT: Thank you so much. Well, good afternoon, everyone, and thanks for joining us today for the call on Nigeria. We’re joined by Nathan Holt, the deputy director of the Office of West African ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Boko Haram Threat to Kidnap Foreigners in Bama Local Government Area, Borno State

The U.S. Embassy has received a credible report that Boko Haram is actively planning to kidnap foreigners working along the Kumshe-Banki axis in Bama Local Government Area, Borno State. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps ... Read More»

U.S. Consulate Marks Press Freedom Day with Thought-Provoking Sessions, Inter-Collegiate Debate Competition

On Wednesday, May 3, 3017, the Public Affairs Section of the United States Consulate General Lagos in collaboration with Lagos Television (LTV), a leading state-owned broadcast station, organized a program in commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day. At the program themed “Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s Role in Advancing Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive ... Read More»

U.S. Government-sponsored Conference Helps Nigerian Farmers and Herders Forge Solutions to Conflict

ABUJA – Leaders of farmers and herders as well as religious and ethnic leaders have identified proliferation of arms in the country, diminishing farmlands and grazing pastures due to climate change, and frequent media bias as major contributing factors to escalation of violent tensions between farmers and herders in Nigeria.  These were part of the ... Read More»

Remarks for U.S. Consul General Mr. F. John Bray at the 2017 World Press Freedom Day, Lagos

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for joining us today to celebrate the 2017 World Press Freedom Day, I am delighted to be here. I’d like to begin by congratulating the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mrs Funke Egbemode on  her re-election. Congratulations, Funke. Let me also extend special thanks to our partners, ... Read More»

U.S. Announces $30 Million in New Humanitarian Funding for Northeast Nigeria

ABUJA, NIGERIA – Today the United States announced an additional $30 million to support the people of northeast Nigeria, where years of brutality by Boko Haram and other militant groups has created a dire humanitarian crisis. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian contribution in Nigeria to more than $298 million since October 2015. ... Read More»

USTDA Connects U.S. Energy Industry to Opportunities in Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to the Nigerian company, Community Social Enterprises Limited (CESEL), for a feasibility study supporting the roll-out of 25 solar photovoltaic microgrids across Nigeria. Together, the microgrids will produce more than 5 megawatts. This project will help Nigeria to capitalize on its tremendous ... Read More»

Creative Writing Workshop on Environmental Literacy for Amateur Writers

To mark Earth Day, April 22, and World Book Day, April 23, the U.S. Embassy hosted a two-hour creative writing workshop on the theme of environmental literacy for 26 amateur writers on April 24.  In his opening remarks, Cultural Affairs Officer Larry Socha, read a selection from Walden, a book by famed nineteenth century American ... Read More»

Presenting a United Front to End Malaria for Good

Opinion Editorial By F. John Bray, U.S. Consul General, Lagos The United Nation’s call to “end malaria for good” resonates deeply with me – I have had malaria.  I am encouraged by the progress that has been made to eliminate this terrible disease.   The global mortality rate dropped by 47 per cent between 2000 and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Commemorates World Malaria Day

ABUJA, NIGERIA- Today, the United States Embassy in Nigeria commemorated World Malaria Day during a ceremony that highlighted the global campaign to “end malaria for good.” This year, Nigeria chose the slogan; “what is your role?”- to recognize individual and collective roles to end the scourge of malaria. Each year in Nigeria, more than 80 ... Read More»

DCM, David J. Young, World Malaria Day Remarks

His Excellency, Alhaji Abdul’Aziz Yari Abubakar, Executive Governor of Zamfara State; The Honorable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole; Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Foundation and Malaria Private Sector Ambassador; and Dr. Audu Bala Mohammed, National Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Program. Ladies, Gentlemen and members of the press, good morning and thank you for coming ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Tours Nigeria’s Rich Tropical Rain Forests, Pledges Continued Support for Environmental Conservation Efforts

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria W. Stuart Symington toured the rich tropical rain forests of the Obudu Mountains and the Drill Ranch on the Afi Mountains of Cross River State April 22 – 23.  He sought to learn more about Nigeria’s unique natural resources. On Monday, following the completion of the tour, Ambassador Symington ... Read More»

Mandela Washington Fellow Trains 60 Vesico-Vaginal Fistula Survivors on Entrepreneurial Skills

Lagos––A 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow, Ms. Chidinma Mbanasor, on Monday concluded a series of vocational rehabilitation and economic empowerment program for 60 Vesico-Vaginal Fistula (VVF) survivors in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.  The training session which spanned over a period of seven (7) days was targeted at the socio-economic reintegration of women who have undergone fistula repair ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Hosts A Night with Performance Poets

Each year, April is recognized as National Poetry Month in the United States. To mark the occasion, U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington hosted a Night With Performance Poets on April 7. Titled “Naija: Life, Love, and the Hustle,” ten distinguished performance poets and three dance groups entertained an audience from Abuja’s literary, artistic, and diplomatic ... Read More»

U.S. Showcases Business Opportunities in Enugu, Partners Governor Ugwuanyi on Bilateral Trade

Lagos––The Foreign Commercial Service of the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria concluded a four-day outreach (April 4-7) to Enugu State that focused on expanding commercial ties between the U.S. and Nigeria, especially the South Eastern geo-political zone. During the outreach, a team of trade and commercial specialists from the U.S. Mission to Nigeria, led ... Read More»

United States Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Kaduna State Government Focused on Economic Growth

Abuja – The U.S. government, through the Agency for International Development (USAID), announces its continuing support to the economic sector in Kaduna State with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by the USAID Acting Mission Director Julie A. Koenen and His Excellency the Governor of Kaduna Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai. The ceremony took ... Read More»

Nigeria Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all but essential travel to Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kano, and Yobe states because the security situation in northeast Nigeria remains fluid and unpredictable.  Very poor transportation infrastructure also makes it difficult for the U.S. ... Read More»

U.S. Consulate and FSD Train Emerging Entrepreneurs

Lagos — Tuesday March 28 and Wednesday March 29, the U.S. Consulate General Public Affairs Section (PAS), in collaboration with  Field of Skills and Dreams (FSD),  a vocational training and leadership institute, hosted a two-day Conference for  Emerging Entrepreneurs. Consul- General F. John Bray noted in his opening remarks  that “entrepreneurship can launch you on ... Read More»

Remarks by Consul General F. John Bray – Emerging Entrepreneurs Conference

Thank you for coming today. Welcome to the Consulate’s first Conference for Emerging Entrepreneurs. I am very pleased that FSD/VTE and the Consulate were able to identify so many aspiring entrepreneurs among Young African Leadership Initiative network members in Nigeria. At the end of these two days I hope that all of you — the ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador praises Nigerian Technovation Champions

U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington  praised the ingenuity and determination of  the Nigerian winners of the 2015 Technovation Challenge.  The four girls and their mentor, Team Charis,  were featured in the American Film Showcase documentary “Code Girl,” which was screened today in Abuja, Nigeria.  The screening took place at the Genesis Theater and Cinemas to ... Read More»

Consulate General PAO highlights U.S Educational and Cultural Programs on Radio

Consulate General Lagos Public Affairs Officer Darcy Zotter appeared on Fresh FM 105.9 and Diamond FM 101.1 this Wednesday as part of the Consulate’s public diplomacy efforts in Ibadan, Oyo State.  During her interview, PAO Zotter highlighted U.S. cultural, educational and professional programs for the listeners, with an emphasis on the Fulbright program as well as the EducationUSA Advising Center in Lagos and the various American Corners in ... Read More»

USAID’s role in providing humanitarian assistance to the Boko Haram ravaged zone

USAID Mission Director Michael Harvey was on Tuesday March 14, 2017 a guest on a live-call in radio program on Armed Forces Radio 107.7 FM. During a 30 minutes program on ‘Home Sweet Home’ show, Harvey talked about what USAID is doing in providing humanitarian assistance to the people displaced by Boko Haram crisis in ... Read More»

USAID ‘Deeply Engaged’ in Boko Haram Crisis Response A conversation with Mission Director Mike Harvey

As his three and-a-half year tour as USAID Mission Director in Nigeria winds down, Michael T. Harvey sat with Nigeria’s Armed Forces Radio to discuss the U.S. government’s response to the displacement and socio-economic impact of the Boko Haram insurgency on the population of the country’s northeast. In a wide-ranging interview with presenter Jude Kankara ... Read More»

U. S Ambassador encourages Nigerian exchange alumni to “change society”

“Grassroots leadership is critical in changing a society for better,” Ambassador Symington told participants at an exchange alumni strategic planning workshop in Abuja.  The workshop gathered alumni from 27 states and the Federal Capital Territory who had participated in one of  20 United States exchange programs.  Ambassador Symington emphasized that the United States and Mission ... Read More»

Christine Souffrant Ntim, CEO of Vendedy, Engage Entrepreneurs in Nigeria

As part of activities to celebrate Women’s History Month, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja invited Christine Souffrant Ntim, a young female entrepreneur and  startup ecosystem expert to address local audiences on growing startups, monetizing personal and business brands, and leveraging technology for economic development. During her tour, she visited Kaduna, Abuja, and Jos and spoke ... Read More»

U.S. donates Demining and Explosive Ordinance Disposal Training Equipment

The U.S. has donated equipment to the Nigerian Army in support of their efforts to counter improvised explosive devices and save the lives of both soldiers and civilians. The donation was made to the Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering, Makurdi by Major Chiddy Adighije of the Office of Security Cooperation, U.S. Embassy Abuja.  It ... Read More»

Statement – Nigerian Travel to the United States

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja wishes to clarify that there is no reason for Nigerians with valid visas to postpone or cancel their travel to the United States.  Nigeria is not named in the Executive Order on Immigration issued on March 6, and there is no prohibition against Nigerian lawful permanent residents or persons with ... Read More»

U.S. Supports Justice and Security Dialogue in Plateau State

Abuja, Nigeria – The United States government is partnering with the Plateau State government to promote peace and security in the region through a Justice and Security Dialogue project.  U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington and the Plateau State Governor Rt. Honorable Simon Lalong attended one of the dialogue events in Jos on Tuesday.  The participants ... Read More»

U.S. Human Rights Training to the Nigerian Police Force

Abuja, FCT – Today, Rosalyn Wiese, Director, U.S. International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Nigeria, delivered remarks during a graduation ceremony for 28 officers from the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) that successfully completed advanced human rights training.  The goal of the week-long training course was to provide advanced human rights training to NPF officers ... Read More»

Remarks by INL Director Rosalyn Wiese Advanced Human Rights Trainings for Nigeria Police Force

New Chelsea Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria (as prepared for delivery)  Good morning AIG Training Emmanuel Inyang and all NPF Officers and staff.  All other protocols observed.  Thank you for joining us today. As you know, the United States is partnering with the Government of Nigeria to support efforts to deploy additional civilian security, particularly police, to northeast ... Read More»

U.S. Urges Nigerian Citizens to Protect Endangered Wildlife on World Wildlife Day

Lagos – The United States Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. David Young has urged Nigerians to help stop the trafficking and habitat destruction of Nigeria’s many endangered native species, including the Cross River gorilla and Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee. At an event jointly organized by the U.S. Consulate General Lagos and the Lekki Conservation Centre on March 3 ... Read More»

United States Signs Memorandum of Understanding to Support Primary Education in Bauchi State

Abuja – The U.S. government, through the Agency for International Development (USAID), announces its continuing support to the education sector in Bauchi state with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by the USAID Mission Director Michael T. Harvey and His Excellency the Governor of Bauchi Barrister M.A. Abubaker. This five-year MOU sets out ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador promotes agricultural entrepreneurship

U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington who is on a visit to Sokoto State has encouraged young Nigerians to become agricultural entrepreneurs.  He was speaking to students of Sokoto State University on the need to pursue careers in agribusiness noting that agriculture makes up 24% of Nigeria’s GDP. Ambassador Symington said, “There are jobs to be ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Presents Secretary of State Award for Corporate Excellence to Andela

Lagos–––United States Ambassador to Nigeria W. Stuart Symington presented the plaque of the Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) for 2016, in the category of Small and Medium Enterprises, to the global engineering organization Andela in Lagos on Friday, February 24, 2017. Ambassador Symington noted the award recognizes Andela’s high standards of responsible ... Read More»

AFRICOM Commander holds talks with Nigerian Leaders

Abuja, Nigeria– United States Marine Corps General Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander of the United States Africa Command is in Nigeria to hold a series of meetings with Nigerian military and security leaders. During his two day visit to Abuja, he is scheduled to meet the country’s military and security chiefs as well as Acting President ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Supports Solar Energy Partnership

U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria W. Stuart  Symington participated in an event to mark the national rollout of Solar Home Systems through a partnership between a global solar energy firm (Lumos) and a telecommunications giant (MTN) that will help bring electricity to some of the most remote corners of Nigeria. Power Africa, through the Overseas Private ... Read More»

‘Power Africa’ Coordinator: U.S. Programs ‘Making a Difference’ to Improve Sector

During a three-day visit to Nigeria this week, ‘Power Africa’ Coordinator Andrew M. Herscowitz reaffirmed the longstanding commitment of the United States to improving power in Nigeria and observed that U.S. support was already “making a difference” in the troubled sector. On Monday, Herscowitz visited the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, where he spoke with stakeholders ... Read More»

Readout of the President’s Call with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release   President Donald J. Trump spoke this week with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria to discuss the strong cooperation between the United States and Nigeria, including on shared security, economic, and governance priorities.  President Trump underscored the importance the United States places on its ... Read More»

Power Africa Coordinator, Andrew Herscowitz at a Workshop for Nigerian Power Distribution Companies

Yesterday (February 14, 2017),  Andrew Herscowitz, Power Africa Coordinator, spoke at a workshop for Nigerian power distribution companies. Power Africa brings together the private sector and governments to work in partnership to increase the number of people with access to power, on and off grid, on the African continent. In 2017, 95 million Nigerians still ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Provides $116,000 Grant for Preservation of Nigeria’s Cultural Heritage

Yesterday (February 13) the United States Embassy in Abuja announced a $116, 000 grant through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation program, for the preservation of cultural heritage in Nigeria.  U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding of the grant between the International Center for the Study of the ... Read More»

U.S. Consulate Holds Google Hangout on Student Life at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The United States Consulate General in Lagos will host a Google Hangout on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 1 p.m., to respond to questions from the public on how to apply to U.S. higher education, with a focus on living and studying at any of the 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Channels Television’s ... Read More»

U.S. “Power Africa” Coordinator to Visit Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria–Andrew Herscowitz, coordinator of the U.S. government’s multiagency Power Africa Initiative, will visit Nigeria this week to meet with top officials in the governmental, nongovernmental, and private sectors working to improve delivery and institutionalize administration of electrical services in West Africa’s largest economy. Herscowitz, who has been Power Africa Coordinator since the initiative was ... Read More»

Nigeria Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all but essential travel to Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kano, and Yobe states because the security situation in northeast Nigeria remains fluid and unpredictable. Very poor transportation infrastructure also makes it difficult for the U.S. Mission ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Visits Solar Power Success Story

Abuja, Nigeria – Today,  Ambassador Stuart Symington, along with Mission Director, Michael T. Harvey from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) visited customers of Lumos, a solar service provider in Nigeria.  The visit was a fact finding assessment  as USAID works with partners to grow the program. Currently, 55% of Nigerians lack access ... Read More»

Learn about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson, a globe-trotting oil executive and engineer, is the new U.S. secretary of state and chief foreign affairs adviser to President Trump. He was confirmed February 1 as the 69th secretary of state, a position first held by Thomas Jefferson and most recently by John Kerry. Five predecessors won the Nobel Peace Prize. Rex Wayne ... Read More»

U.S. Commercial Service, American Firm Simulation Solutions Launch Operations Technology for Nigerian Petrochemical Industry Partners

Lagos—The U.S. Commercial Service Nigeria held a Single Company Promotion event in Lagos on January 26, 2017, to launch a new training simulation solution by New Jersey, USA-based Simulation Solutions, Inc., aimed at strengthening the skills of process operators working in Nigeria’s refinery and chemical industry. Simulation Solutions is a leading provider of PC-based dynamic ... Read More»

U.S. Agency for International Development launches new Agricultural Private Sector Partnerships

Abuja, Nigeria – On January 31, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)  launched two new agribusiness partnerships with Chi Farms and Niji Foods. The event highlighted USAID’s agricultural and private sector strategy using partnerships with government, local organizations and private industry to develop the Nigerian agriculture sector. Representatives from the Nigerian Government attended ... Read More»

USAID Distributes Reading Textbooks to Teachers and Pupils in Sokoto

Abuja, Nigeria – On January 24, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the distribution of 300,000 textbooks to help improve the reading skills of children in nearly 900 schools in Sokoto state. In a ceremony at Buhari Model Primary school in the Tambuwal local government area, USAID Mission Director Michael Harvey joined Dr. ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Closure of Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport

On January 5, the Government of Nigeria announced that Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja would be closed from March 8 to April 19, 2017, to repair the runway. During the announced period of the airport closure, international airlines are expected to suspend service to Abuja.  The international airports in Kano, Lagos, and Port Harcourt ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts Religious Freedom Roundtable

Abuja, Nigeria– Today, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires David Young hosted a roundtable discussion  with Nigerian religious leaders to mark Religious Freedom Day.  All of the participants shared their experiences and perspectives regarding religious freedom, interfaith cooperation, tolerance, and peace building efforts.  Young commended the efforts of the Nigerian leaders and emphasized the importance of putting ... Read More»

Nigerian observers to U.S. Presidential Election share their experiences

Several Nigerian observers of the U.S. Presidential election shared their experiences during a program hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Abuja. They included Zainab Audu Bako, a politician, Cynthia Mbamalu and Fatu Ogwuche from civil society, and Abdullateef Salau, a journalist. Zainab participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) for women politicians drawn from ... Read More»

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires commemorates Religious Freedom Day

In commemoration of Religious Freedom Day, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires David Young delivered a speech on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Nile University on the U.S. tradition of supporting religious freedom. While addressing the undergraduate students of the University, Mr. Young explained the commitment by the United States to constitutional protection for religious liberty. He ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires David Young Remarks Commemorating Religious Freedom Day Nile University, Abuja

As Prepared for Delivery Deputy Vice Chancellors Gursoy and Adeshina, members of the administration and faculty of Nile University, students, and friends, thank you for your warm welcome.  This is my first visit to your institution, and from your beginnings back in 1998 with 23 students to the near 200 that now fill this hall ... Read More»

Notice of Fraudulent and Inaccurate Information Regarding Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2017

As the Department and its interagency partners set priorities and advance planning initiatives for the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in India, it has come to our attention that fraudulent information has been shared on Facebook.  The State Department has become aware of a site falsely advertising the Summit as held in February 2017 in ... Read More»

Remarks by INL Director Rosalyn Wiese Tent Donation Ceremony

NPF Police Headquarters Borno, Maiduguri, Borno, Nigeria (as delivered) Good morning, AIG Jibrin, SEMA Executive Chairman Satomi, Commissioner of Police Chukwu and all NPF Officers and staff.  All other protocols observed.  Thank you all for joining us today. Significant progress has been made in the fight against Boko Haram, thanks to many of you, and we ... Read More»

U.S. Donates Military-Grade Tents to Nigerian Police Force

Maiduguri, Borno State – Today, Rosalyn Wiese, Director, U.S. International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Nigeria, donated eight modular, general purpose, military-grade tents to the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) for use in the northeast.  The tents were received by Assistant Inspector General of Police, Yakubu O. Jibrin, who represented the Inspector General of the ... Read More»

Funding Opportunity : U.S. Embassy Abuja Media Co-operative Program

The U.S. Embassy Abuja Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to invite Nigerian media organizations to submit proposals to participate in a Media Co-Operative Program (Co-Op) administered by the State Department’s Bureau of Public Affairs’ Foreign Press Center (PA/FPC). Please carefully follow all instructions below. Beginning immediately, proposals will ... Read More»

Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Closure

In observation of the New Year, please be advised that the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the Consulate General in Lagos will be closed on Monday, January 2nd.  The Embassy and the Consulate General will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd. Have a safe and happy holiday! For further information: See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution , Travel Warnings and Alerts, Travel Warning for Nigeria , ... Read More»

USAID Seed Donation Yields ‘Bumper Crop’

IDP and host communities transition from food distribution to food production Before the harvest, Mary Utsewa touched an ear of maize so large she could hardly get her hand around it.  She looked at the stalks reaching above her head and considered her good fortune.  Driven from her fields for three growing seasons by Boko ... Read More»

United States Provides Additional Assistance to Reduce Poverty in Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria – On December 19, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $227.3 million in additional developmental assistance to support the five-year $2.3 billion agreement signed with the Nigerian Government in 2015.  This brings the total provided under the agreement to $702 million. The new funding will continue to help Nigeria reduce ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Security Reminder

The U.S. Mission encourages U.S. citizens to be aware of their surroundings on and around the upcoming holidays.  Pay attention to local events happening in your area, such as holiday markets and processions, and be mindful of your personal security when you’re out and about. The U.S. Mission advises all U.S. citizens to be particularly ... Read More»

United States Government Announces $92 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Nigeria

This week, the United States Government announced nearly $92 million in additional humanitarian assistance to people affected by the ongoing conflict and severe food insecurity in Nigeria and throughout the Lake Chad Basin region. With this announcement, the United States is providing more than $291 million in humanitarian assistance since the 2016 fiscal year to ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador W. Stuart Symington – U.S.-Nigeria Bi-National Commission Working Level Meeting

Today’s Working Level Meeting of the United States-Nigeria Bi-National Commission reaffirmed the depth of cooperation between our two countries.  Representing the United States were officials from the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. These senior officials formed three principal ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Abuja Deputy Chief of Mission David J. Young Remarks for International Anti-Corruption Day Roundtable

Welcome Honorable Justices of the Appeals Court, Honorable House and Senate Anti-Corruption Committee Chairs all other protocols observed. Good morning and welcome to the U.S. Embassy.  We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to host this distinguished group to discuss one of the most important policy issues of our time – fighting corruption.   Tomorrow, we will commemorate ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts Anti-Corruption Roundtable

Nigeria’s anti-corruption stakeholders gathered today at the U.S. Embassy and discussed efforts to tackle corruption in the country.  The roundtable was chaired by Professor Chidi Odinkalu, senior member of the Nigerian Bar and head of the Open Society Justice Initiative with government officials and representatives of civil society in attendance. U.S.  Deputy Chief of Mission ... Read More»

The Challenges and Opportunities of Managing a Recessionary Economy: The American Experience – Consul General F. John Bray

Remarks at the 2016 Hubert Humphrey Alumni Association Annual Lecture  Good morning. It is a pleasure to meet so many Hubert Humphrey Fellow alumni and their guests. In particular I want to acknowledge Chairman Chief Olabintan Famutime, Ayodele Teriba, and Henrietta Onwuegbuzie. When I was first asked to give this talk I wondered which American ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Observes World AIDS Day 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja observed World AIDS Day on December 1 by providing HIV testing and awareness information to the U.S. Mission community. The Embassy also hosted a blood drive that morning. The drive was a continuation of a periodic exercise encouraged by the U.S. Mission since 2002 to support the efforts of Nigeria’s National ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington Presents Credentials to President Buhari

U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria Honorable W. Stuart Symington presented his credentials to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari today at a brief ceremony at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria. He was accompanied by Mrs. Symington, Deputy Chief of Mission David J. Young, USAID Mission Director Michael Harvey, and Senior Defense Attaché Colonel ... Read More»

U.S. Fulbright Specialist Trains 34 Nigerian Nurses in Cancer Patient Care

Ms. Laurie Tauriainen, a nurse with the Sarah Cannon Research Institute in Dallas, Texas is conducting a week-long training program for 34 nurses at the National Hospital in Abuja. The training in patient navigation is being organized in collaboration with Project Pink Blue, a non-profit organization led by Mr. Runcie Chidebe, a Nigerian alumnus of ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador‘s Small Grants Program Gives $171,000 to 30 Nigerian Communities

Monday, November 28, 2016, U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington awarded small grants totaling $171,000 to 30 Nigerian community-based organizations covering 19 Nigerian states under the Ambassador’s Small Grants Program. The Ambassador’s Small Grants Program was established as a program for the overall U. S. Mission in Nigeria to assist community groups located in cities to ... Read More»

2016 World AIDS Day Program Remarks by U.S. Consul General F. John Bray

Thank you for coming today to observe World Aids Day with us. As many of you know, the theme for World AIDS Day 2016 is: “Leadership. Commitment.Impact.” I want to assure you of the U.S. government’s unwavering commitment in supporting partner countries to control their epidemics, and our focus on ensuring every dollar invested has ... Read More»

Statement By John Kirby, Spokesperson – Nigerian Deaths in Kano Clashes

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson The United States is deeply concerned by the deaths of dozens of Nigerians during clashes between individuals participating in a Shia procession and the Nigerian Police Force in Kano State on November 14.  While the matter is still under investigation, we are troubled by the apparent disproportionate ... Read More»

Secretary Kerry’s Meeting With Nigerian President Buhari

The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner: Secretary Kerry met with Nigerian President Buhari today on the margins of the COP22 in Marrakech. President Buhari updated the Secretary on his government’s ongoing efforts to combat systemic corruption, defeat Boko Haram, and address the serious humanitarian situation in northern Nigeria. Secretary Kerry pledged continued ... Read More»

Nigerian Students in the U.S. Up 12.4 % to 10,674

Nigeria ranks #1 in Africa, #14 in the world as a source of U.S. international students  The 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange reveals there were 10,674 Nigerians studying in the United States during the 2015-16 academic year, making Nigeria the leading source of African students and ranked 14th worldwide as a source ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Country Public Affairs Officer Aruna Amirthanayagam Opens the 13th Annual Fulbright Conference

Counselor for Public Affairs, Aruna Amirthanayagam, delivered opening remarks on the opening day of the 13th Annual Fulbright Alumni Association Conference and the commemoration the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright program. While addressing the audience at the two-day conference, comprised of Fulbright alumni, students and representatives of government institutions, Amirthanayagam highlighted the words of Senator ... Read More»

United States Signs Memorandum of Understanding to Support Primary Education in Sokoto State

Abuja – The U.S. government, through the Agency for International Development (USAID), announces its continuing support to the education sector in Sokoto state with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) by the USAID Mission Director Michael T. Harvey and His Excellency the Governor of Sokoto Aminu Waziri Tambuwal. This five-year MOU sets out the ... Read More»

Remarks by President Obama and President-elect Trump After Meeting

Oval Office | 12:36 P.M. EST PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, I just had the opportunity to have an excellent conversation with President-elect Trump.  It was wide-ranging.  We talked about some of the organizational issues in setting up the White House.  We talked about foreign policy.  We talked about domestic policy.  And as I said last night, ... Read More»

David J. Young Remarks for the Embassy Election Night Watch Event

Good Evening Officials of the Nigerian Government Members of the diplomatic community Representatives of civil society Alumni of U.S. exchange programs Members of the press All protocols observed, It is my pleasure to welcome you to what I am sure will be a great night.  In the U.S., millions of my fellow citizens are performing ... Read More»

66 Nigeria Police Officers Graduate from U.S. Fingerprint Training

Abuja, Nigeria – On Friday, November 4, 2016 the Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) within the United States Embassy in collaboration with the Atlanta Police Department (APD), and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) concluded a one week Fingerprint Analysis and Forensics training program for 66 Nigerian police officers. The program was aimed ... Read More»

U.S. Government Supports Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) Team Building Meeting in Cross River

Abuja – Last week Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) Initiative concluded a productive week-long, global team-building meeting, sponsored by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Calabar, Cross River State. The five-year, $18 million USG initiative is a public-private partnership that addresses the three primary delays associated with maternal and newborn health: the delay ... Read More»

USAID donates 4.5 Million Mosquito Bed Nets to the People of Oyo State

Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria – Today, Dr. Rick Niska representative to the Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Nigeria, handed over 4.5 million bed nets at the flag-off event to the Oyo state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi. The bed nets valued at $13.5 million will be distributed through a mass campaign scheduled ... Read More»

2016 American Film Showcase in Lagos

Lagos–– The United States Consulate General Lagos, in partnership with the Eko International Film Festival, will showcase contemporary American films on October 21 and October 24.  These documentaries by independent filmmakers uncover powerful stories of American youth overcoming social, cultural, business and inner growth challenges. The Showcase will be presented during the 7th edition of ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. – Citizens Extremist Incidents in Borno State

In light of extremist incidents, including armed attacks on a humanitarian convoy traveling from Bama to Maiduguri on July 29 and a suicide bombing in Maiduguri on October 12, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja reminds U.S. citizens of the serious threat of violence and kidnapping in northeastern Nigeria, particularly Borno State.  Extremists continue to conduct ... Read More»

Remarks of U.S. Consul General F. John Bray to the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows of Nigeria “A Force for Positive Change”

As prepared “A Force for Positive Change” I appreciate the welcome. As this conference is sponsored by the U.S. Mission to Nigeria, let me say on behalf of the Mission, you are all welcome – and welcome back from the United States! I am grateful that you have come from the far corners of Nigeria ... Read More»

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry – Nigeria National Day Message

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the citizens of Nigeria as you celebrate your Independence Day on October 1. I recently returned from my third trip to Nigeria as Secretary, and I came away with a strong sense of the nation’s resolve to build a better future. During my trip, ... Read More»

United States Provides Additional Assistance to Reduce Poverty in Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria – On October 5, the United States of America, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced $92.73 million in additional developmental assistance to support the five-year $2.3 billion agreement signed with the Nigeria Government in 2015.  This brings the total of development assistance provide to $474.74 million. This funding will continue ... Read More»

Chargé d’ Affaires David Young – Remarks at International Day for the Girl Child

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.  I’m delighted to be here with you on such an important occasion, the International Day of the Girl Child. Let me tell you a story.   Two weeks ago I visited Maiduguri.  While there I visited two camps for internally displaced persons and went to a hospital with an emergency feeding ... Read More»

America Shares Nigeria’s Goals for a Prosperous Economy

Abuja, Nigeria – Speaking yesterday at a Nigerian-American Chamber Of Commerce Conference on SME Financing and Franchising,  U.S. Chargé d’Affaires David Young said United States has provided more than half a billion dollars in annual assistance to Nigeria in the areas of health and security, but is also increasingly focused on the issues of economic stability ... Read More»

Chargé d’ Affaires David Young Remarks to Small and Medium Enterprise Conference

Your Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Honorable Minister Okechukwu Enelamah of the Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment Chief Olabintan Famutimi, national President of the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce Sheriff Balogun – President and Chairman of the Kaduna Chapter of the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce, an ... Read More»