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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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2017 World AIDS Day: Ambassador Asks Students to Stop the Spread of HIV

Abuja, Nigeria- U.S. Mission Nigeria commemorated World AIDS Day today with the theme “Behavior Change for Epidemic Control.” The program took place at the Government Secondary School Wuse Zone 3, Abuja, involving more than 200 Senior Secondary School students from 10 public secondary schools across the metropolis as well as key Government of Nigeria officials ...
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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 ...
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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) ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle 240th Anniversary of U.S. Independence (July 2, 2016)

(as prepared for delivery)  Distinguished Guests, all protocols observed. Good evening, everyone.  I’m pleased to welcome you to the celebration of the 240th anniversary of the adoption of our Declaration of Independence. Organizing an event like this requires the hard work of many.  Let me thank all members of the Embassy team.  In particular, I’d ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Hand-over of Insecticide Treated Nets to RSO support staff (June 3, 2016)

June 3, 2016 (as prepared for delivery) Good morning. Thank you for coming to this important event. On April 25 this year, Nigeria joined the rest of the world to observe World Malaria Day. Of course, for many Nigerians, every day is malaria day—a day to keep up the fight against this killer disease. Malaria ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Signing Ceremony for Power Africa Energy Distribution (May 23, 2016)

Abuja | May 23, 2016 (as prepared for delivery) All protocols observed. Good morning.  On behalf of the U.S. Mission to Nigeria, I am pleased to witness the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in support of the Abuja, Benin, and Eko distribution companies (DisCos) under Power Africa.  As you know, President Barack Obama ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle International Women’s Day Celebration (March 7, 2016)

Abuja | March 7, 2016 (as prepared for delivery) It’s a pleasure to be with you this morning to support International Women’s Day.  Officially, we recognize Women’s Day on the 8th, but we’re starting a day early to realize a whole week of activities in Abuja, Kano, and Lagos, sponsored by the U.S. Mission in ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Reception for Newly Selected Mandela Washington Fellows (May 5, 2016)

Abuja | May 5, 2016 (as prepared for delivery) Good afternoon.  I hope you all enjoyed your trip from various parts of the country to Abuja. First, I would like to recognize our Mandela Washington Fellowship alumni.  Thank you for joining us today.  I’m sure you are as excited as we are to meet the ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle World Press Freedom Day: Protecting Press Freedom from Censorship and Surveillance (May 3, 2016)

Abuja | May 3, 2016 (as prepared for delivery) Good afternoon, everyone.  I am honored to join the fourth estate today.  Please allow me to use my favorite Nigerian expression: all protocols observed. We gather here to celebrate an important freedom—the freedom of the press.  World Press Freedom Day received its inspiration from the Declaration ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Launch of the Healthymagination Mother and Child Initiative (March 3, 2016)

Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja | March 3, 2016 (as prepared for delivery) Good evening. All protocols observed. Your presence here is an acknowledgement of the importance of women and children’s health in Nigeria. The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is honored to partner with General Electric (GE) and the Government ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Joint Combined Exchange Training Opening Ceremony

Jaji, Nigeria February 17, 2016  (as prepared for delivery) Good morning.  It’s my pleasure to be here this morning. As President Buhari recently stated, Boko Haram’s “reign of terror will only succeed if peace-loving people choose to remain idle.  But I am confident that through our collective efforts, we will defeat this scourge and restore ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony for Routine Immunization in Kaduna (January 20, 2016)

Sokoto State State Government House, Kaduna | January 20, 2016 (as prepared for delivery) Good morning.  I would like to begin with my favorite Nigerian expression: all protocols observed. On behalf of the U.S. government, I have the honor to witness the signing of these Memoranda of Understanding for Routine Immunization in Borno, Kaduna, Sokoto, ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle – Visit to the Calabar American Corner Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria (December 16, 2015)

December 16, 2015 (as prepared for delivery)   First of all, I would like to begin by saying my favorite Nigerian expression: “All protocols observed.” Second, I am very delighted to make my first visit to Cross River State, particularly to Calabar, the home of Nigeria’s famous Carnival.  I also would like to acknowledge that our ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle International Anti-Corruption Day Roundtable Discussion (December 8, 2015)

Abuja | December 8, 2015 (as prepared for delivery) Honorable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami.  All other protocols observed. Good morning and welcome to the U.S. Embassy.  In commemoration of International Anti-Corruption Day, we gather here to discuss an issue that is critically important to both my nation and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle International Day of Persons with Disabilities Program (December 3, 2015)

Abuja | December 3, 2015 (as prepared for delivery)  Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.  I’m delighted to speak with you today about the Americans with Disabilities Act—known as the ADA—and the lessons it may hold for those seeking to pass similar laws. This year, the United States celebrated the 25th anniversary of the ADA, a ...
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Pre-Recorded Video Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Opening of the State Government Spokespersons’ Workshop, Kaduna (November 12, 2015)

Asaa Pyramid Hotel, Kaduna | November 12, 2015 (as prepared for delivery) Hello, I’m James Entwistle, Ambassador of the United States of America to your marvelous country, Nigeria.  I am delighted to join my good friend, His Excellency Governor Nasir El’Rufai, to greet you through this video, on the opening of this two-day workshop for ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle – Opening of the Federal Government Spokespersons’ Workshop, Abuja (November 9, 2015)

Valencia Hotel, Abuja | November 9, 2015 (as prepared for delivery) All protocols observed. I am delighted to join the Minister of Information this morning to open this very important workshop for you.  At the request of President Buhari, the United States is assisting the Nigerian government to enhance their press operations.  Last month, Vice ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle – Ambassador’s Small Grants Program Signing Ceremony (October 30, 2015)

Abuja | October 30, 2015 (as prepared for delivery) I am delighted to join you all this morning to recognize the promising work of 35 organizations covering 20 Nigerian states.  For over two decades, the U.S. Ambassador’s Small Grants Program has partnered with local NGOs throughout Nigeria, funding small community-based development projects. Using funds from ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Hubert H. Humphrey Exchange Alumni Association Green Embassy Awards Ceremony (October 29, 2015)

Abuja | October 29, 2015 (as prepared for delivery) All protocols observed. However, I would like to acknowledge two people: Victor Fodeke for his leadership of the Humphrey alumni program network that is touching the next generation of Nigeria’s leaders. My wife Pam Schmoll, who has volunteered countless hours behind the scenes, working with the ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle – Mandela Washington Fellowship Reunion Conference Reception Chief of Mission’s Residence, Abuja, Niger

October 21, 2015 (as prepared for delivery) Good evening.  I’d like to open with my favorite Nigerian expression: all protocols observed. I would like to officially welcome the 2015 Mandela Washington fellows back from their exchange program in the United States.  I hope the fellowship not only met, but exceeded your expectations.  I also wish ...
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Remarks for Ambassador Entwistle – 2015 Enactus National Competition (August 12, 2015)

The Civic Center, Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, VI, Lagos Good afternoon everyone, all protocols observed. This is an exciting time to be in Nigeria.  You had a successful election, historic in that it marks the first democratic transfer of power from one party to another and the first transfer of power from an incumbent president to ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, James F. Entwistle – Independence Day Remarks at U.S. Embassy Abuja (July 4, 2015)

Abuja | July 4, 2015 (As prepared) Distinguished Guests, all protocols observed. Good evening, everyone.  I’m pleased to welcome you to the celebration of the 239th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence announcing the United States’ independence as a sovereign nation. I’d like to thank Amikaeyla Gaston, all the way from Oakland, ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle – Integrated Humanitarian Assistance for Northeast Nigeria: Grant Signing Ceremony (June 11, 2015)

Abuja | June 11, 2015 (as prepared for delivery)  I’d like to begin with my favorite Nigerian expression: all protocols observed. The on-going conflict in Nigeria’s Northeast has created a complex humanitarian and economic crisis that has affected millions of people.  In addition to the 1.5 million people displaced from their homes, many more have ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Mandela Washington Fellowship Pre-Departure Orientation (May 19, 2015)

May 19, 2015 (as prepared for delivery) Good morning.  To use my favorite Nigerian expression: all protocols observed. This is an exciting time to be in Nigeria.  You had a successful election, historic in that it marks the first democratic transfer of power from one party to another in a largely peaceful and well-organized process.  ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle – World Press Freedom Day (May 4, 2015)

Abuja | May 4, 2015 (as prepared for delivery) I am honored to join the fourth estate today.  To use my favorite Nigerian expression: all protocols observed. This is an exciting time in Nigeria as the nation begins its first transfer of power between political parties via democratic means.  The United States remains deeply committed ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle – Flag-Off Activities and Commissioning of Clinical Research Center Ministry of Defense Ship House, Abu

Abuja | April 30, 2015 (as prepared for delivery) All protocols observed. Ladies and Gentlemen, honored guests: good morning.  Thank you for including me in this important event. This is an exciting time in Abuja as Nigerian democracy shines like a beacon across the continent.  We remain deeply committed to working with you, the Nigerian ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle – World Malaria Day/World Intellectual Property Day Commemoration (April 24, 2015)

Abuja | April 24, 2015 (as prepared for delivery) All protocols observed. Ladies and Gentlemen, honored guests: good morning. Thank you for coming to this important event. Tomorrow, April 25, people across the globe take part in a wide range of activities to mark World Malaria Day.  Of course, for many Nigerians, every day is ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Alumni Mentoring Series Earth Day Program U.S. Embassy, Abuja, Nigeria (April 22,

Abuja | April 22, 2015 Greetings, Humphrey Alumni and honored guests.  All protocols considered! This is an exciting time in Abuja.  Nigerian democracy shines like a beacon across the continent.  Now more than ever, it is up to you, as Nigerians, to come together with a clear set of priorities for the future. The United ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Entwistle – Eisenhower Leadership Series Launch (January 15, 2015)

Abuja | January 15, 2015 (as prepared) Good morning!  I’m honored to be part of such a distinguished group of governors and senators and alumni of various U.S. government programs today. To use my favorite Nigerian expression: all protocols observed! I am honored to be here at the launch of what we hope will develop ...
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Remarks by Ambassador James F. Entwistle Opening of Workshop on “Community Reporting for Building of Democratic Values in the Run-up to the 2015 Gener

Asaa Pyramid Hotel, Kaduna | January 12, 2015 Good morning, I’m James Entwistle, Ambassador of the United States of America to your marvelous country, Nigeria.  I am delighted to greet you—journalists from all states of the North and the Federal Capital Territory gathered in Kaduna this week to refine and learn new techniques in election ...
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