Security Alert – Potential Violence in Kogi State

Location: Kogi State, Nigeria Event: Kogi Elections November 16, 2019 As of mid-November 2019, election observers and participants are cautioned that violence at polling locations may occur during the upcoming Kogi State elections. Actions to Take:  Review your personal security plans. Avoid demonstrations and large crowds. Be aware of your surroundings. Monitor local media for updates. Carry …

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Security Alert – Foreigners Working in Conflict-Affected Areas

Location: Nigeria Event: Precautions for Foreigners Working in Conflict-Affected Areas of Nigeria Foreigners working the conflict-affected areas of Nigeria should take all necessary precaution to prevent attacks, kidnappings, or other associated actions by terrorist organizations seeking to retaliate for the death of Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham overall amir Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Conflict-affected areas of …

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New Demographic Health Survey Shows Some Progress, but Challenges Remain for Nigeria

Abuja – Nigeria has made progress over the last five years in promoting the wellbeing of its citizens – such as increased levels of breastfeeding and decreased incidence of malaria – yet the newly released 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) shows that significant challenges remain. The 2018 NDHS results, released today at a …

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U.S. Embassy Awards $523,314 in Grants to Nigerian Civic Groups

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria has awarded $523,314 in grants in response to its 2019 annual program statement.  A total of 16 projects were funded that will address pertinent issues of concern to Nigerian citizens.  Grant recipients include Nonprofit organizations such as Global Peace Foundation, Centre for Change and Community Development, Development Initiative for West …

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U.S. Urges Removal of User-fees for People Living with HIV

Enugu–– The recently released data from the U.S.-supported Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey revealed that there are approximately 1.9 million people still living with the virus in Nigeria. These people require appropriate medical treatment to live a normal and healthy life. The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) administered by the U.S. …

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US Military training increases Nigeria Air Force Personnel Medical Evacuation Capabilities

The U.S. Military trained Nigerian Air Force medical personnel on Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC) as part of a four phased Aerial Patient Movement Program.  The rigorous two-week training, conducted at the Nigeria Air Force Base Hospital Abuja, will enable the air force to more effectively recover wounded soldiers from the battlefield. The personnel acquired lifesaving first-aid …

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Commemoration of 2019 Cyber Security Awareness Month

The U.S. Embassy’ offices of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), and the Information Resource Management (IRM) on Tuesday, October 29, organized a seminar for young people on cyber safety awareness. With the theme “Own IT, Secure IT and Protect IT,” the seminar commemorated ‘Cyber Security Awareness Month 2019’ and attracted students and teachers …

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Remarks by Country Public Affairs Officer Aruna Amirthanayagam – Daniel Pearl World Music Day 2019

Welcome to the Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert. It is my pleasure to host this event tonight with Jake’s. The theme for this year’s commemoration is, “Harmony for Humanity.” There could not be a better time for all of us to harmonize for humanity. We’re excited about the incredible musical line-up set to perform …

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U.S. Consul General Welcomes 2019 Mandela Washington Fellows

Lagos––Thursday, the U.S. Mission welcomed the young Nigerians who participated in the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship to a reunion conference held in Lagos. Fifty-six Nigerians were among the 700 young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa who recently completed a six-week intensive academic and leadership program at some of the most prestigious U.S. colleges and universities. At the …

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U.S. Embassy Counselor for Public Affairs Discusses American Educational & Cultural Exchange Opportunities While Touring Taraba State

Embassy Counselor for Public Affairs, Aruna Amirthanayagam, led an educational and cultural affairs team on a three-day trip to Jalingo, Taraba State.  The trip, from October 2-4, broadened the reach of U.S. Embassy educational and cultural programs, increased support to alumni of U.S. exchange programs, and built new relationships with individuals and institutions in the …

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Transcript: Telephonic Press Briefing with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor P. Nagy, Jr.

SPECIAL BRIEFING VIA TELEPHONE OCTOBER 2, 2019 OPERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Assistant Secretary Nagy at the UN General Assembly Conference. At this time all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later there will be an opportunity for your questions. Instructions will follow at that time. If you …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo – The Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Independence Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the government and people of Nigeria on the 59th anniversary of your independence. The United States and Nigeria are working together to advance our shared goals of strengthening governance, countering corruption, enhancing trade and investment, furthering development, increasing food security, and improving …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Closure – Nigeria Independence Day – October 1

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Tuesday, October 1, 2019 a public holiday to commemorate Nigerian Independence Day. Consequently, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed.  No consular services will be available. As we approach the winter holidays, please note that the Embassy and Consulate will be …

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U.S. President’s Congratulatory Message to President Buhari on Nigeria’s 59th Independence Anniversary

Dear Mr. President: On behalf of the American people, I extend our warmest greetings and congratulate you on the 59th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence. Nigeria is among our strongest partners in Africa.  We share common goals of expanding trade and growing our economic relationship.  We are allies in the global battle against terrorism, and we …

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Chargé d’Affaires Kathleen FitzGibbon – Remarks at the 2019 EducationUSA College Fair, Abuja

Good morning.  I want to thank you all for coming and to welcome you to the 2019 EducationUSA College Fair.  Our annual Fairs provide the most up-to-date information on study in the United States for prospective students and their families. I wish I had had such a target-rich environment when I was looking for colleges. This is your opportunity …

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Embassy Recycling Efforts Support a Dozen Children to Attend School for the First Time

On September 23, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Kathleen FitzGibbon, accompanied by members of the Mission’s volunteer-led Green Stripe Initiative, visited the LEA Primary School in Gwarimpa, and two local recycling facilities. Upon arriving at LEA Primary, around 450 primary school children gathered to sing a welcome song to the visitors. Large boxes of school supplies …

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Soccer Buddy Project – A Tool for Reorientation of Internally Displaced Persons

On September 21, the PAS Abuja hosted the closing ceremony of the soccer academy for Internally Displaced Persons at the Kuchin Goro IDP camp. The three-month Soccer Buddy Project engaged more than 100 teenagers in the camp using sports as a tool for reorientation.  The program also provided the youth with training in leadership and …

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USTDA Expands Its Support for Nigeria’s Energy Sector

Abuja, Nigeria – This week, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency built on its 27 years of support for Nigeria’s energy sector by funding three projects that will help to electrify dozens of rural communities and deliver critical gas resources to support economic activity and job growth.  “Nigeria is a dynamic market with many opportunities for …

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New USAID-Supported Health Messaging Campaign Generates 88,000 Toll-free Calls in First Two Weeks

 ‘Albishirin Ku!’ radio dramas popular in Bauchi, Kebbi, and Sokoto Abuja – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Nigeria, through the Federal and state ministries of Health, has launched an innovative integrated health Social and Behavior Change (SBC) campaign that leverages the power of storytelling called Albishirin Ku! (“Good Tidings” …

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U.S. Consulate Launches Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

Lagos––United States Consulate General in Lagos on Monday launched the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a State Department-led initiative that supports women entrepreneurs around the world. During a week-long program, a diverse group of 100 women selected from a pool of over 6,000 applicants, will receive lessons on business management, network with like-minded entrepreneurs and …

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U.S. Mission Supports Intellectual Property Rights Protection in Nigeria

Lagos–– On   Monday, the U.S. Mission in Nigeria and the American Business Council, in partnership with the Government of Nigeria and members of the private sector, launched a two-day Intellectual Property (IP) Symposium on the theme “The Bane of Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals and Piracy.” The symposium brought together a broad range of stakeholders including senior officials …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Town Hall for U.S. Citizens in Benin City

The U.S. Consulate General Lagos is pleased to announce that Consul General  Claire Pierangelo will be visiting Benin City on September 24th and will host a Town-Hall Forum to meet the American community.  The Consul General will be accompanied by a Consular Officer who will provide voting information and can provide no-fee notarial services (parental …

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Social Security Administration’s Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) Visit to Lagos

The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos is pleased to announce that a representative from the Social Security Administration’s Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in London will be visiting Lagos on September 24 and 25, 2019.  The FBU representative will provide an informational session and also meet with interested parties to discuss Federal Benefits at the U.S. …

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Nigerian Selected for Prestigious International Writing Program

Lagos––Award-winning Nigerian poet, essayist, translator and author of short stories, Mr. Tade Ipadeola, has been selected to participate in the International Writing Program (IWP) Fall Residency at the University of Iowa, courtesy of the United States Department of State. From September 1 to November 16, 2019, Ipadeola, the 2013 winner of the Nigeria Prize for …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate Lagos, Nigeria

Location: Various locations around Lagos.  Protest activity has been reported in and around MTN, Shoprite and other South African establishments. Event: U.S. Consulate Lagos alerts U.S. citizens of sporadic unrest and demonstrations in various locations around Lagos.  Protest activity has been reported in and around MTN, Shoprite and other South African establishments. U.S. citizens should …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Lugbe Shoprite at Novare Gateway Mall, along Airport Road between MRS Filling Station and Chamber of Commerce Abuja FCT, Nigeria Event: The U.S. Embassy in Abuja advises U.S. citizens about reports of police activity and a possible demonstration at the Lugbe Shoprite along Airport Road.  U.S. Government personnel have been advised to avoid the …

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HOLIDAY CLOSURE: – Closure of the U.S. Embassy Abuja and Consulate General Lagos

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2019 to commemorate Labor Day. No consular services will be available on this date. Labor Day is a public and federal holiday in the United States. It honors the American labor movement, and the contributions that …

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Revised Visa Reciprocity for Nigeria

REVISED VISA RECIPROCITY SCHEDULE FOR NIGERIA: Effective worldwide on 29 August, Nigerian citizens will be required to pay a visa issuance fee, or reciprocity fee, for all approved applications for nonimmigrant visas in B, F, H1B, I, L, and R visa classifications.  The reciprocity fee will be charged in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Nigeria Makes Significant Efforts to Curtail Human Trafficking, but some work remains

Abuja – U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo officially released the 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report in Washington, D.C. today.  As required by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, the TIP Report assesses governments around the world on their efforts to combat human trafficking. The 19th annual TIP Report includes assessments of more than …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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

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

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

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Statement by U.S. Secretary of State on the Upcoming Nigerian Elections

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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 …

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

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

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

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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 …

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Nigeria at a Crossroads: The Upcoming Elections

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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 …

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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 …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: National Day of Mourning for President George H.W. Bush- Closure of the U.S. Embassy Abuja & Consulate General Lagos

In honor of the death of Former President George H. W. Bush, President Donald J. Trump has declared Wednesday, December 5, 2018, as a national day of mourning. Therefore, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the Consulate General in Lagos will be closed on Wednesday December 5th. No consular services will be available. If you …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.  …

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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 …

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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, …

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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

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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 …

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

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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 …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

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U.S. Embassy Statement Condemning Murder of ICRC health worker Hauwa Muhammed Liman

Abuja –The U.S. Embassy extends its heartfelt condolence to the family of Hauwa Muhammed Liman and the International Committee of the Red Cross.  We stand in solidarity with our Nigerian partners as we work to defeat ISIS-West Africa and prevent these tragedies.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Hauwa’s family, to her colleagues, and …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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“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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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). …

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

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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

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Remarks at the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

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

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

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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 …

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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 …

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

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission to Nigeria

Location:  Nigeria, countrywide Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed on Friday, June 15 and Monday, June 18 in observance of Eid-al-Fitr.  The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate General will reopen on Tuesday, June 19.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution during the upcoming holiday.  Security measures …

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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. Dedicates New Medical Warehouse

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

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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

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

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

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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

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

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

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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 …

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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 …

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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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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. …

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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 …

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

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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 …

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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 …

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Health Alert: Lassa Fever in Nigeria

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

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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 …

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

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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 …

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U.S.-Africa Relations: A New Framework

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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USAID Launches New Support to Political Parties

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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 …

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

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: President Trump’s announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  U.S. Embassy Abuja reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Review …

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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, Jigawa, and Yobe states because the security situation in northeast Nigeria remains fluid and unpredictable.  Very poor transportation infrastructure also makes it difficult for the …

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U.S. Embassy Supports Nigeria’s Inaugural American Football Youth Championship

Abuja, Nigeria- MTD Tigers stop ABC Game Shakers 26-12 On a brisk, sunny, Saturday morning, December 2nd, Zaria’s stadium hosted the first championship of Nigeria’s inaugural American football youth league. The game matched the MTD Tigers against the ABC Dogarawa Game Shakers. In a spirited game, full of big plays and hard hits, the MTD Tigers …

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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. 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 …

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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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 …

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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,” …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.  …

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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 …

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