The Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Independence Day

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE On behalf of the United States Government and the American people, I extend best wishes to the people of Nigeria on the 60th anniversary of their independence. Our countries share important democratic values and a similar entrepreneurial spirit, and we congratulate the Nigerian people for your commitment …

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U.S. presents the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey

Abuja – The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, has presented the final technical report of the 2018 Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) to the Minister of Health, Prof. Osagie Ehanire. The report presentation was made after rigorous review and validation of the survey results and conclusions.  It is  the largest population-based …

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New USAID Private-Sector Based Activity Will Improve Delivery of Agricultural Products and Services in Nigeria

Abuja – On September 24, 2020, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and federal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Alhaji Sabo Nanono launched an innovative new activity that will leverage the power of entrepreneurship to improve agricultural outcomes in Nigeria. The new five year, $16.6 million innovative Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Extension …

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U.S. supports Government of Nigeria with $2.1 million to better understand the extent of COVID-19 infection in the country

Abuja – The United States Government, through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is supporting the Government of Nigeria to conduct a household survey to determine the extent of COVID-19 transmission in the states of Gombe, Enugu, and Nasarawa.  The survey will increase the current understanding of COVID-19 transmission and burden in …

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USAID/Power Africa Announces $2.6 Million in Healthcare Electrification Grants to Solar Energy Companies in Nine Countries In Sub-Saharan Africa

Power Africa , through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announces grants totaling $2,620,650 to solar energy companies to provide reliable, affordable off-grid electricity to nearly 300 healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly 60 percent of all healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity , and of those that do, only 34 percent of hospitals and 28 percent of health clinics have reliable, 24-hour access.  Energy is …

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Embassy Statement on Concluded 2020 Edo State Governorship Election

Congratulations to the people of Edo State on a credible and peaceful governorship election. We thank the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigerian security services on the positive role they played in the election and commend their work in strengthening Nigeria’s democracy.  We recognize the critical role that Governor Godwin Obaseki and Pastor …

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Routine Message to U.S. Citizens: Limited Resumption of Services

Passport Renewals:  The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate in Lagos will begin opening limited appointments for passport renewals only beginning October 5, 2020. Please note that we are unable to accept first-time passport applications at this time.  Safeguarding the health and safety of our customers and staff remains our highest priority. At …

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission in Nigeria

Location:  Nigeria Event:  New COVID Testing and Quarantine Protocols for Travelers Arriving in Nigeria On September 5, the Federal Ministry of Information & Culture released new Quarantine Protocols for Travelers Arriving in Nigeria .  U.S. citizens should read this document carefully to ensure that they are abiding by all guidelines therein.  Individuals who fail to complete all guidelines may not be allowed …

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Imposing Visa Restrictions on Nigerians Responsible for Undermining the Democratic Process

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States is a steadfast supporter of Nigerian democracy. We commend all those Nigerians who participated in elections throughout 2019 and have worked to strengthen Nigerian democratic institutions and processes. We remain committed to working together to advance democracy and respect for human rights and achieve greater peace …

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U.S. Congratulates Nigeria on Wild Polio-free Status, Calls for Vigilance and Improved Routine Immunization

Abuja – U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard congratulated the government and people of Nigeria for attaining a wild poliovirus-free status after years of joint efforts to qualify Nigeria to be removed from the list of wild polio endemic countries. “We are proud of our partnership with Nigeria and cherish the cooperation that ensures …

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Statement from Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on the African Development Bank Annual Meeting

WASHINGTON – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement upon the conclusion of the African Development Bank Annual Meeting: “I commend the African Development Bank’s Board of Governors for reaffirming its commitment to the highest standards of governance and taking the opportunity at its Annual Meeting this week to dedicate resources to update its …

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U.S. Donates 3.1 Million Insecticide-treated Bed Nets to Control Malaria in Zamfara State

Gusau – On August 20, 2020, the U.S. government, through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), donated 3.1 million bed nets in Nigeria’s Zamfara State as part of a national campaign to provide enough nets for every Nigerian to be protected from the deadly disease every night. The PMI program in Nigeria is jointly implemented by the …

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Nigerian Oil Giant Belemaoil Supports USAID’s HIV/AIDS Eradication Efforts in Akwa Ibom

Abuja – As part of its efforts to deepen private sector involvement in Nigeria’s health sector, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) accepted a contribution from a leading indigenous oil firm Belemaoil Producing Nigeria Limited today to support USAID’s activities to eradicate HIV and AIDS in Akwa Ibom State. Under an agreement signed on …

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U.S. Government Donates Brand-New Ventilators To Help Nigeria Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic

Abuja –U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard officially handed over 200 brand-new, leading edge ventilators to the Nigerian Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire to support the government’s efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic at an August 11, 2020 ceremony at the Abuja Premier Medical Warehouse.  In collaboration with USAID and the Presidential Task Force, the Ministry …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard – Ventilator Handover Ceremony

Abuja Premier Medical Warehouse I am delighted to join you here today at the Abuja Premier Medical Warehouse – which, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health, USAID commissioned in 2017 — as the U.S. government presents life-saving equipment to the Government of Nigeria and its citizens. The 200 ventilators being transferred today are …

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The United States Supports Democratic Process where the Will of Nigerian People is reflected in Results

As long-time friends of Nigeria, we continue to follow political developments ahead of off-cycle elections in the country.  The United States supports a democratic process where the will of the Nigerian people is reflected in the results, and does not favor any party or candidate. We are concerned with reports of the deteriorating political climate in …

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Transcript: Digital Briefing on U.S. Efforts to Combat Terrorism in Africa during COVID

SPECIAL BRIEFING VIA TELEPHONE MAJOR GENERAL DAGVIN R.M. ANDERSON, COMMANDER OF U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND AFRICA SUMMARY: Digital press briefing with Major General Dagvin R.M. Anderson, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command Africa, to discuss U.S. partnerships with African nations to reduce extremism, combat terrorist organizations, and bring about peace and prosperity throughout the African continent. …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Execution of Humanitarian Workers in Borno State

We are deeply saddened by the execution of five humanitarian workers by terrorists in Northeast Nigeria.  This comes against a backdrop of deteriorating conditions for millions of Nigerians.  These brave individuals dedicated their lives to easing human suffering.  We hope that their families and colleagues can take comfort in their selfless sacrifices on behalf of …

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USAID Partners with Lagos State to Develop New Electrification Plan

Lagos – On July 14, 2020, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Stephen M. Haykin joined Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in a virtual ceremony to sign a Letter of Cooperation under which USAID will support Lagos to develop an electrification plan to improve power service delivery in the state. Lagos will implement …

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USAID Partners with Imo to Improve WASH State to ‘corporatize’ Water Board for better performance

Owerri – On July 16, 2020, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Stephen M. Haykin joined with Governor Hope Uzodinma in a virtual signing ceremony to formalize a new partnership with Imo State to improve the management and delivery of water and sanitation (WASH) services to help people live healthier lives through reliable …

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U.S. Launches New Activity to Support 76,000 Children Orphaned or Made Vulnerable to HIV

Abuja – On July 14, 2020, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Stephen M. Haykin joined Bauchi State Commissioner of Women’s Affairs and Child Development, Hajara Jibrin at the virtual launch of a new activity designed to protect more than 76,000 vulnerable children and their households made vulnerable or orphaned by the HIV/AIDS …

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Health Alert:  U.S. Mission Nigeria

(July 14, 2020) Location:  Nigeria Event:   Seats Remain Available on Evacuation Flights The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos has two scheduled evacuation flights from Lagos via Addis Ababa to Washington D.C. on July 16 and July 23 on Ethiopian Airlines.  At this time, seats remain available on both flights.  Please note there are no scheduled flights from Abuja at …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Nigerian Foreign Minister Onyeama

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama.  Secretary Pompeo expressed condolences for the loss of life in recent ISIS West Africa attacks in the northeast, and the two discussed Nigeria’s ongoing civilian protection and counter-terrorism efforts.  Secretary Pompeo and Foreign …

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U. S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE IN NEBRASKA AND FBI ANNOUNCE THE UNSEALING OF SCAM INDICTMENTS AND TREASURY SANCTIONS AGAINST NIGERIAN NATIONALS

Note: Wanted posters of the defendants can be obtained by clicking on:  RICHARD IZUCHUKWU UZUHALEX AFOLABI OGUNSHAKINMICHEAL OLORUNYOMIFELIX OSILAMA OKPOHABIOLA AYORINDE KAYODE , and  NNAMDI ORSON BENSON . OMAHA, NE – U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly for the District of Nebraska and Special Agent in Charge Kristi K. Johnson of the FBI Omaha field office announced the unsealing of indictments charging six Nigerian nationals for their …

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The United States Condemns the Brazen Killings of Civilians in Nigeria

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State We condemn the recent  senseless and  brazen killings of civilians  in northern Nigeria. In recent weeks, suspected  ISIS West Africa  militants launched multiple attacks in  Borno  State, killing more than 120 civilians, including women, children, and the elderly.  On June 9, unidentified armed  bandits  attacked a village in Katsina State, killing dozens. These …

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U.S. Sanctions Nigerian Cyber Actors for Targeting U.S. Businesses and Individuals

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Technological advancements that provide greater interconnectivity also offer greater opportunity for exploitation by malicious actors who target at-risk Americans.  Today, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control took action against six Nigerian nationals, pursuant to Executive Order 13694 as amended, for conducting …

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U.S. Supports Upgrade of State Emergency Operations Centers to Respond to COVID-19

Abuja – On June 16, 2020, U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard joined Executive Governor Benedict Ayade to virtually commission an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for Cross River State, which has been equipped with support of the American people to track and control the spread of the deadly COVID-19.  Cross River is the first of nine …

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With USAID Support, Nigeria’s Niger State Creates New Water Corporation to Improve Service Delivery

At the end of May, Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello signed into law a bill establishing a new State Water and Sewerage Corporation, an entity that will replace the existing state Water Board.  Enacted to improve urban water delivery and sanitation services, the new corporation was supported by USAID through its Effective Water, Sanitation, …

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Health Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria (June 09, 2020) Notification on the sale of online airline tickets

Health Alert:  U.S. Mission Nigeria (June 09, 2020) Location:  Nigeria Event:  Important notification on the sale of online airline tickets Despite international airports being closed for all flights, online sales of tickets for some airline travel to/from Nigeria have continued. Over the past several months, many tickets were sold in anticipation of the resumption of international flights, …

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USAID Provides an Additional $234 Million for Health, Agriculture, and Education in Nigeria

Development assistance under 2015 agreement reaches $1.8 billion Abuja – On June 2, 2020, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced notification of an additional $234.5 million in development assistance to continue support for the goals outlined in the 2015 bilateral Development Objectives Assistance Agreement (DOAG) between the U.S. and Nigerian governments. Most of …

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U.S. Mission Nigeria Statement – Response to Black Lives Matter Protest

This week, at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and our Consulate in Lagos, Nigerians rallied to express their dismay at the brutal death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and call for justice.  We salute their peaceful expression of solidarity in support of the ideals of equal justice.  They join many Americans who are similarly outraged …

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Commemoration of PEPFAR’s 17th Anniversary in Nigeria

“A Resilient HIV Response During the COVID-19 Pandemic” Today marks 17 years since the U.S. Congress passed legislation authorizing the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – a legislation aimed at combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic around the world. Cumulatively since 2004, the U.S. has invested more than $85 billon in the global HIV/AIDS …

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Urgent Information For Visa Applicants Regarding Novel Coronavirus

Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, 9996 and the subsequent proclamation issued May 24, 2020:  Brazil (effective May 26 at 11:59 p.m. EDT) The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, …

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U.S. Embassy and Partners Donate Food in Celebration of Ramadan

In recognition of the month of Ramadan, U.S. Embassy Abuja partnered with the KDC Foundation and the Al Habibiyyah Islamic Society to donate a week’s worth of groceries to 180 families in Kano and Abuja. Both organizations identified vulnerable families in Abuja and Kano and distributed staple food items such as rice, beans, and millet …

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Health Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria

Location:  Nigeria Event: On May 18, 2020, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 approved the extension of the eased lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun State, as well as continuing the nationwide curfew and interstate movement restrictions through June 01, 2020. The lockdown in Kano also remains until this date. All airports remain closed except …

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Remarks of Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard at the Virtual Meeting with 2020 Mandela Washington Fellows

Good afternoon everyone, I trust that you all have been taking necessary measures to stay safe and healthy given the current COVID-19 pandemic. First, I want to congratulate all of you.  You should be very proud to be selected as a Mandela Washington Fellow as this is a very competitive process.  I have had the pleasure …

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USAID Takes Novel Approach to Improving Adolescent Health in Nigeria’s Largest Cities

‘Co-creation’ process included input from youth themselves Abuja – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has designed a new activity aimed at improving the health and well-being of poor, urban adolescents using a new, inclusive “co-creation” method to better understand the challenges young people face in leading healthy and productive lives. The result was …

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Health Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria

Location:  Nigeria Event: Evacuation Flights Update, Restrictions on Movement, and Registering for STEP Update on evacuation flights: Last week, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and Consulate General in Lagos successfully concluded their scheduled evacuation flights. There are currently no scheduled evacuation flights from Lagos or Abuja. The U.S. Department of State will continue to monitor the …

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Telephonic Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Africa and the U.S. Response with Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs

Download or listen to the audio file  here . Moderator:  Good afternoon to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub.  I would like to welcome our participants dialing in from across the continent and thank all of you for joining this discussion. Before we begin today’s briefing, I would like to establish the …

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USAID Helps Keep Bauchi Students Learning Under Lockdown Through E-Learning Collaboration

Bauchi State, Nigeria – To help keep students busy during the COVID-19-induced break from classes, USAID has partnered with UNICEF and the Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) among other partners to develop a multimedia e-learning program that will reach more than a million primary, secondary, and koranic school students in the state. Under …

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Return of Stolen Assets to the Nigerian People

On May 1, the transfer of $311,797,876 from the United States Government to the Federal Republic of Nigeria was completed in accordance with a February 3, 2020 trilateral agreement among the governments of the United States, Nigeria and the Bailiwick of Jersey to repatriate assets the United States forfeited that were traceable to the former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha and his co-conspirators. These …

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USAID Trains War Widows in Northeast Nigeria to Produce Facemasks That Protect Against COVID-19

Maiduguri, Nigeria – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Office of Transition Initiatives is supporting training for women, mostly widowed or otherwise made vulnerable by the Boko Haram insurgency, to produce protective facemasks to help protect the population from the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria’s conflict-affected Northeast. After an initial round of trainings …

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World Malaria Day: New U.S. Report Says Nigeria Reduces Child Deaths by 16 Percent in Last Decade

Abuja – The 14th Annual Report of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), which will be released today in conjunction with World Malaria Day, indicates that child death rates have decreased in Nigeria by 16 percent since 2010 when the United States began providing malaria control support to the country. During the same period, malaria prevalence has decreased by almost half – from …

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On the Occasion of Ramadan – MICHAEL R. POMPEO, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE

On behalf of the American people, I extend my best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world as they mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a time of introspection, service, and compassion. In the United States, under normal circumstances, many mosques, homes, and community centers …

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U.S. Assistance to Fight COVID-19 in Nigeria Reaches $21.4 Million

The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Department of State, announced on April 17 that new funding for Nigeria for prevention and mitigation of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has reached $21.4 million. Approximately four fifths of the assistance – nearly $18 million – will go towards humanitarian assistance and …

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Transcript: Special Background Briefing via Telephone – Senior Administration Official on COVID-19 in Africa and the U.S. Response

Moderator:  Good afternoon to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub.  I would like to welcome our participants dialing in from across the continent and thank all of you for joining this discussion. Before we begin today’s briefing, I would like to establish the ground rules.  This briefing is provided on …

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 Health Alert: (April 13, 2020) Resources For Your Protection

Health Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria (April 13, 2020) Location:  Lagos, Nigeria Event:  Resources For Your Protection As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to grow around the world, the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  and  World Health Organization (WHO)  remain the best resources for information about the pandemic.  They provide  information for individuals with higher risk of severe illness  including older adults and individuals with underlying health conditions.  Their website also provides  guidance on using cloth face coverings  to help prevent further spread of the …

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 Health Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria (12 April 2020) – Evacuation Considerations

Health Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria (12 April 2020) Location:  Nigeria Event:  Evacuation Considerations The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and U.S. Consulate General in Lagos are working to confirm additional evacuation flight(s) within the next 1-2 weeks. If you are interested in returning to the United States and have not done so yet, please have EACH traveler in your party submit the corresponding electronic form: Lagos: Click here to access the Electronic Form Abuja: Click here to access the Electronic Form U.S. …

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U.S. Health and Humanitarian Aid

By: Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria The story of U.S. leadership in the global battle against Covid-19 is a story of days, months, and decades. Every day, new U.S. technical and material assistance arrives in hospitals and labs around the world. These efforts, in turn, build on a decades-long foundation of American …

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COVID-19: U.S. Repatriates 997 Americans Back Home

Lagos––The U.S. Mission in Nigeria has helped 997 Americans return home to reunite with family and friends during this time of unprecedented challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. From April 6-8, three U.S. Consulate-organized chartered flights operated by Delta Air Lines and Ethiopian Airlines repatriated 850 American citizens from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos …

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IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR U.S. CITIZENS

Event:  Considerations for Evacuation Travel  U.S. Embassy Abuja and U.S. Consulate General Lagos would like potential evacuees to bear in mind the following considerations in determining if an evacuation flight is in the best interest of you and your family: Expenses – This is a self-funded, one way flight to a single destination in the United …

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location:  Abuja Event:  Interested Evacuees MUST Fill Out This Form! Important note: If you have sent us an email expressing your interest in returning to the United States but have not completed the form below, please complete this form now for EACH member of your party.  Only individuals who have filled out this form will be considered …

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location:  Abuja Event:  Status of Abuja Flights The U.S. Embassy in Abuja continues to actively work with Washington to organize evacuation flights for U.S. citizens, as part of the world-wide repatriation effort.  We continue to assess the most efficient flights given the plethora of national and international border closures and travel restrictions.  However, the Embassy in …

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IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR U.S. CITIZENS

To disseminate important information and alerts for U.S. Citizens including possible evacuation flights, the State Department uses the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) as its primary messaging system. U.S. Citizens in Nigeria who want to be informed about emergency flights and receive other alerts should enroll in STEP immediately. Please visit  https://step.state.gov/  to register.

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USAID Establishes Two New $45 Million ‘Local Organizations Networks’ to Fight TB in Nigeria

Abuja – On World TB Day 2020, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the establishment of “local organizations networks” that will seek to drastically increase the level of tuberculosis (TB) cases detected and treated in Nigeria over the next five years. The networks funded at $45 million are divided into three regions covering …

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Emergency Message: Airport Closures and U.S. Citizen Interest in Returning to the United States

On March 21, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) announced that – effective March 23 at 23:00 to April 23 23:00 – Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja will be closed to all international flights, except emergency flights.  All international airports in Nigeria are closed.   Evacuation flights qualify as …

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Closure of American Spaces

Out of an abundance of caution the American Centers in Abuja and Lagos as well as the other American Spaces throughout Nigeria will be temporarily closed to the public beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.  During this period, the public will not be able to access the library and all scheduled programs will be cancelled. In …

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Consular Notice – Routine Nonimmigrant Visa Appointments Cancelled

Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus: As of March 18, 2020, the United States Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria is cancelling routine nonimmigrant visa appointments. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may be …

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New Reading Research Center at Bayero University, Kano Will Make Better Readers of Nigerian Students

Kano – Officials from Nigeria’s Bayero University, Kano (BUK), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), today inaugurated the new Nigeria Center for Reading and Research Development at BUK that will ensure teachers are equipped with techniques to improve reading outcomes across the country for years and generations to come. The Center is the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Reopening of Consular Section at U.S. Consulate General Lagos

The consular section of the U.S. Consulate General Lagos will reopen on March 17 for both visas and American Citizen Services (ACS).  Please note that consular functions at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja were never affected and will continue as usual. We regret the inconvenience this unanticipated interruption of service in Lagos caused. ACS applicants …

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Opening Ceremony of the American Space Abuja

Abuja – The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, commissioned a new American Space in the company of Minister of FCT, Honorable Muhammadu Bell, at the City Library in Abuja. The new American Space will host a variety of educational and cultural programs to empower young Nigerians with innovative and life changing programs. It …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on the Temporary Closure of U.S. Consulate General’s Lagos Consular Section

U.S. Mission to Nigeria Routine Message for U.S. Citizens:  Update on the Temporary Closure of U.S. Consulate General’s Lagos Consular Section  March 11, 2020 Due to reasons beyond our control we are temporarily unable to provide regular services for visas and American Citizen Services in Lagos, but other offices within the Consulate General remain open.  …

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2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

March 11, 2020 SECRETARY POMPEO: From the time we declared our independence as a free nation, the United States has committed itself to the ideals of democracy, individual freedom, equal protection under the rule of law, and the protection of human rights. Our nation was founded on the premise that all human beings are created …

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U.S. and Nigerian Militaries Celebrate 15 years of Successful Partnership on Health

Abuja, March 3, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Defense’s Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) and the Nigerian Ministry of Defence (NMOD) Health Implementation Program (MODHIP) celebrate 15 years of successful partnership in 2020.  The partnership is dedicated to Nigerian military health and increasing knowledge that impacts global health outcomes. The week-long program …

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U.S. Government supports additional 45,000 people living with HIV in Benue State

The United States is supporting Benue State to identify and place an additional 45,000 People Living with HIV (PLHIV) on treatment as part of efforts to move Nigeria towards HIV epidemic control by September 2020. The 45,000 PLHIV are in addition to over 167,000 PLHIV already receiving life-saving antiretroviral treatment through the U.S. President’s Emergency …

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U.S. Distributes 2.4 Million Insecticide-treated Bed Nets to Control Malaria in Plateau State

Jos – On February 23, 2020, the U.S. government, through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), donated 2.4 million bed nets in Nigeria’s Plateau State as part of a national campaign to provide enough nets so that every Nigerian may be protected from the deadly disease every night. The PMI program is jointly implemented by the U.S. …

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USAID Co-Guarantees Bond to Help Nigerian Energy Partners Increase Access to Electricity in Rivers State

Abuja, Nigeria – The U.S. government through its Agency for International Development (USAID) and Infrastructure Credit Guarantee Company Limited (InfraCredit) today signed a Declaration of Partnership to provide increased access to electricity to consumers in Port Harcourt.  Investments to the bond will be overseen by Stanbic IBTC Trustees. The 13 billion naira ($36.1 million) co-guarantee …

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USTDA Supports 1,350 MW Gas-to-Power Plant in Abuja

(Abuja / Nigeria) – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency today awarded a grant to NNPC Gas and Power Investment Company LTD (GPIC) to provide the technical, economic and financial analysis necessary for the development of a 1,350-megawatt combined cycle, natural gas-fired power plant in Abuja. The project will utilize indigenous gas resources to address …

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USAID Partners with Delta to Improve WASH

State to ‘corporatize’ Water Board for greater credibility ASABA, Nigeria – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) joined with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to formalize a new partnership with Delta State to improve the management and delivery of water and sanitation (WASH) services to help people live healthier lives through reliable access to clean water. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Location: Countrywide. Event: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued the following Travel Notices for Nigeria: Level 1 Travel Notice for Monkeypox There is an ongoing outbreak of Monkeypox in Nigeria, resulting in over 50 confirmed cases in 2019.  On October 18, 2018, CDC issued a Travel Notice for Monkeypox in Nigeria. This notice was updated recently to reflect the current status. …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Statements to the Press With Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE TREATY ROOM WASHINGTON, DC SECRETARY POMPEO:  Well, good morning, everyone.  It’s my pleasure to welcome you, Mr. Minister, and your entire Nigerian delegation to Washington, DC.  The foreign minister and I just completed a very productive conversation on how to continue to strengthen the economic and security ties between our two nations.  This is …

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Joint Media Release by the Government of Jersey, the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and United States of America Department of Justice

“Jersey, Nigeria and the United States of America to return over US$308 million in confiscated funds to the people of Nigeria in landmark agreement” On Monday, 3 February 2020, the Government of Jersey, the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Government of the United States of America entered into an Asset Recovery Agreement to repatriate …

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New USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub Will Leverage $300 Million in New Private Investment in Region

Abuja – On January 28, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub Activity, a program that will spark economic growth, generate production and modernize agriculture in Nigeria and within the region. The Trade Hub will increase economic growth across West Africa through a market-based approach that will …

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Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard – Remarks an the Tomato Jos Groundbreaking Ceremony Tomato Jos Facility, Kaduna

His Excellency Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, Honorable Minister Sabo Nanono, Honorable Minister Adeniyi Adebayo, Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele, Mr. Coumantaros, and all other esteemed guests, I am pleased to join you here today in Kaduna State to mark the official groundbreaking of the Tomato Jos processing plant.  I would like to congratulate Mira and …

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U.S Mission in Nigeria Awards Grant for Preservation of Nigerian Cultural Monument

The U.S. Mission in Nigeria has awarded a grant of $400,000 for the conservation of the late 14th century Sungbo Eredo Earthworks of the Yoruba Ijebu Kingdom in Nigeria.  This is the largest Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) grant in Nigeria and the second-largest in sub-Saharan Africa. The College of William and Mary – …

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USAID Launches ‘Water for Agriculture’ Activity Promotes Livelihoods for Farmers in the Northeast

Abuja – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a three-year, $8 million Cooperative Agreement to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) that will boost the livelihoods of crop and livestock farmers in the conflict-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe by improving the water supply in crisis-affected zones in northeast Nigeria. ‘Water for Agriculture’ …

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Nigeria’s Entrepreneurs Key to Africa’s Prosperity – U.S. Consul General Pierangelo

Lagos––– U.S. Consul General Claire Pierangelo on Tuesday reiterated the importance of Nigeria’s entrepreneurs to the continued growth of economies in the West African sub-region and the prosperity of the continent. Speaking at a one-day capacity-building seminar for the first cohort of U.S. sponsored Tony Elumelu Foundation alumni, Ms. Pierangelo noted that population trends in …

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USAID Activity Assisted a Quarter of a Million Vulnerable Nigerians Affected by the HIV Epidemic Over Five Years

Abuja – Over the past five years, a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) activity operating in five states has reached nearly 250,000 of the most vulnerable Nigerians – children affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic – and their caregivers. Since 2014, the Local Partners for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project in Nigeria Region 3 (LOPIN …

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U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard Presents Credentials to the Government of Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria – U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard presented her credentials to His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari at a ceremony at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on December 24, 2019.  The U.S. Senate confirmed Ambassador Leonard on August 1, 2019 after she was nominated for the position by U.S. President …

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Embassy Statement – Honoring Humanitarians, Condemning Violence

The United States Embassy honors the tireless efforts of humanitarian workers.  They risk their personal safety every day to provide critical assistance to those forcibly displaced and in need.  This has been starkly illustrated by the recent murder of the members of Action Against Hunger.  We condemn this senseless slaughter and extend to the grieving …

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USAID Reaches More Than a Million and a Half Vulnerable Nigerians with HIV Control Activity

‘One stop’ delivery model gets 23,000 in treatment Abuja – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) closed the books on a long running activity that provided high quality and stigma-free HIV prevention services to some of the most at-risk populations with the overall aim to control and ultimately eradicate the deadly virus in Nigeria. …

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2020 Global Ties IVLP Alumni Award for Social Innovation and Change Goes to Nigerian Health Advocate

On December 11, 2019, the U.S. government announced Runcie Chidebe, a Nigerian, as the recipient of the “2020 Global Ties U.S. International Visitor Leadership Program Alumni Award for Social Innovation and Change.” Runcie is a health advocate, civil society activist, and leading voice in making cancer control a national health priority in Nigeria. His many …

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USAID Supports 300,000 Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Caregivers in Three Nigerian States

Lagos – Over the last five years, the U.S. Agency for International Development has partnered with the Government of Nigeria to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS among some of the most vulnerable Nigerians through support for more than 300,000 orphans and vulnerable children in three southern states. Since, 2014, the Local Partners for Orphans and …

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U.S. to provide life-saving HIV treatment to 43,000 people in Imo State

Owerri-  The United States Government through the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria has assured the Imo State Government of its support for the identification and provision of treatment to approximately 43,000 people living with HIV (PLHIV) in the state, in addition to over 14,000 people already receiving such treatment through the PEPFAR program. The assurance was …

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USADF and All On Announce Winners of the 2019 Nigeria Off-Grid Energy Challenge

Lagos – The winners of the 2019 joint All On and United States African Development Foundation Nigeria Off-Grid Energy Challenge were announced today at the Solar Future Nigeria conference held at the Eko Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria. The Nigeria Off-Grid Energy Challenge is a joint effort by the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) and All On to develop, scale-up, or extend …

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U.S. Urges Nasarawa State Government to Increase Efforts Towards HIV Epidemic Control

Lafia – December 2-3:   The United States Government through the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria has urged the Nasarawa State Government to increase its efforts towards controlling the HIV epidemic in the state. The call was made by the U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Kathleen FitzGibbon, when she led a team from the US Centers for …

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Telecoms Infrastructure Giant IHS Nigeria Supports USAID’s HIV/AIDS Eradication Efforts in Bayelsa

Abuja – As part of its efforts to involve private sector involvement in Nigeria’s health sector, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) accepted a contribution from a leading telecommunications infrastructure firm IHS Nigeria today to support USAID’s activities to eradicate HIV and AIDS in Bayelsa State. IHS Nigeria, a subsidiary of the international telecommunications …

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DCM Kathleen FitzGibbon’s Remarks at the 2019 World AIDS Day Event / Launch of U=U Campaign

Sixteen years ago, when PEPFAR began, HIV was a death sentence in many parts of the world.  Now, we have the historic opportunity to make what once seemed impossible possible:  controlling and ultimately ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic, community by community. The theme for World AIDS Day 2019 is “Communities make a Difference.”  This reflects the …

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“U=U” Launch in Commemoration of World AIDS Day 2019

On November 25 the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in collaboration with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), launched the Nigeria national “Undetectable = Untransmittable” (“U=U”) campaign in commemoration of the 2019 World AIDS Day. U=U is an informational campaign about how effective HIV medications are at preventing sexual …

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The number of international students in the United States rose for the fourth consecutive year

Nigeria ranked 11th largest country worldwide Students from Nigeria increased by 5.8 percent to 13,423 in 2018/2019  The number of international students in the U.S. set an all‐time high in the 2018/19 academic year, the fourth consecutive year with more than one million international students. The total number of international students, 1,095,299, is a 0.05 …

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Embassy Abuja Participates in America Recycles Day National Campaign

On November 6-15, U.S. Embassy Abuja’s volunteer-led Green Stripe Initiative launched a plastic bottle drive competition to commemorate America Recycles Day . Celebrated each year on and in the weeks leading up to November 15, thousands of communities across the United States participate in activities to raise awareness and encourage increased and improved recycling in the United States. …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Kathleen FitzGibbon’s Remarks at the 2019 SME Conference – Abuja

Distinguished guests and partners in development, I am pleased to join you at the 2019 Small and Medium Enterprise Conference, hosted by the Kaduna State chapter of the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce.  We at the U.S. Mission in Nigeria are happy to partner with you again on this annual event. The topic of this year’s …

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Embassy Statement – Kogi, Bayelsa States Gubernatorial Elections

The conduct of the upcoming bi-elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states is important not only for Nigeria, but for the African continent. The United States Government does not support any specific candidate or party in any Nigerian election. The United States supports the Nigerian democratic process itself. We support a genuinely free, fair, transparent, and …

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U.S. Military Hosts Mental Health Workshop for Nigerian Armed Forces

On November 4-8, a mobile training team of instructors from the U.S. Air Force and Army National Guard facilitated a five-day mental health and resiliency training in Abuja.  The 27 participants included highly skilled psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers and psychiatric nurses from the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force, Civil Defense Corps, Federal Fire Service, …

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U.S. Distributes 1.75 Million Insecticide-treated Bed Nets to Control Malaria in Ebonyi State

Abakaliki – On November 7, 2019, the U.S. government, through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), donated 1.75 million bed nets in Nigeria’s Ebonyi state as part of a national campaign to provide enough nets for every Nigerian to be protected from the deadly disease every night. This activity will benefit all 3.1 million residents of Ebonyi, …

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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

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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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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

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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC February 7, 2019 The United States government supports a free, fair, transparent, and peaceful election that reflects the will of the Nigerian people. It is critical that the Independent National Electoral Commission operates free from outside pressure and intimidation and in a totally objective manner. …

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

Location: Countrywide Event: There is an outbreak of Monkeypox in Nigeria, resulting on over 100 confirmed cases and several deaths.  On October 18, The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States issued a Travel Notice for Monkeypox in Nigeria. Additionally, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) reports that three cases of Monkeypox were diagnosed in the U.K. and …

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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

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

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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)

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

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

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

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

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

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CPAO Aruna Amirthanayagam Talking Points for EducationUSA Pre-Departure Orientation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Remarks at the 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report Launch Ceremony

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

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

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

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

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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 to travel to Nigeria

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

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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

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

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

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

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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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