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

Early in my diplomatic career, I served in Vietnam, a nation in which we, the United States, obviously have a long and complicated military history.  During my tour in Hanoi, I learned about the story of Captain Roger Donlon – the first person to win the Medal of Honor for his actions in that conflict. ...
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U.S. Consul General F. John Bray Graduation – Ceremony for Fellows of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative

I want to start by thanking some of the people who made all of this possible tonight. First off, thank you to our Public Affairs Section for working so hard to make sure that the finances for this program are maintained and distributed each year.  Thank you to our CYFI alumni coordinators for your tireless ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

President Donald J. Trump will welcome President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria to the White House on April 30, 2018.  President Trump looks forward to discussing ways to enhance our strategic partnership and advance our shared priorities: promoting economic growth and reforms, fighting terrorism and other threats to peace and security, and building on Nigeria’s role ...
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U.S. Consulate, FSD Academy Train 121 Emerging Entrepreneurs in Port Harcourt

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

Abuja, Nigeria – The U.S. Embassy in Abuja is inviting Nigerians to compete in its NaijaGems photography contest, an initiative of the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, W. Stuart Symington. The contest opens on Friday, April 6, 2018 and submissions are due on May 4, 2018. The top photos will win prizes. This contest will offer ...
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Primary Health Care Agreements Mark ‘New Stage’ In USAID Partnership with Bauchi and Sokoto States

Sokoto, Nigeria – On March 21, USAID Mission Director Stephen M. Haykin joined the Sultan of Sokoto, Minister of Health Isaac Adewole, philanthropists Bill Gates and Aliko Dangote, and the governors of Bauchi and Sokoto states by video teleconference to sign two agreements to expand access to quality, affordable health care in the two states. ...
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U.S. Commercial Service, McAfee Host Breakfast Forum on Cyber Security in Nigeria

Lagos—The U.S. Commercial Service in Nigeria in collaboration with U.S. cyber-security company —McAfee Incorporated, on Wednesday hosted a breakfast seminar in Lagos for cyber security experts and corporate end-users. At the program, the American computer security software company also announced the launch of its Enhanced Unified Defense Architecture designed to empower organizations to more effectively protect today’s ...
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Remarks by U.S. Consul General F. John Bray TechWomen Mentoring Program for Nigerian Female STEM Leaders

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

A 16-member delegation of senior women technology executives and professionals from Silicon Valley, California are visiting Nigeria from March 18-23 as part of the TechWomen program. They represent organizations as diverse as Twitter, LinkedIn, Netflix, Mozilla, Autodesk, WomenCollegeTech, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Juniper Networks, as well as Fairrer Samani Group, Northgate Environmental Management, Jessica ...
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U.S. Provides 1.6 Million Bed Nets for Nasarawa State

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

Location:  Nigeria countrywide.  Most cases have been found in Edo and Ondo in southwest Nigeria states. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Lassa Fever in Nigeria  https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/lassa-fever-nigeria on March 5, 2018.  The Nigeria Center for Disease Control  http://www.ncdc.gov.ng/ (NCDC) has reported an ongoing outbreak of ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Remarks With Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama at a Press Availability

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

The below is attributable to the State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Tillerson met with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on March 12 in Abuja to strengthen the U.S. partnership with Nigeria. He recognized Nigeria’s leadership in the Lake Chad Basin Multinational Joint Task Force which seeks to defeat Boko Haram and the ISIS affiliate in ...
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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for African Countries Facing Severe Food Insecurity

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

Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia MR CABRERA: Good morning, everyone. Thank you so much for being with us today for a very, very special presentation. I’m honored to welcome our Secretary of State to George Mason, who, as you know, is on his way to a very important trip to ...
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TRANSCRIPT – Press Briefing with Acting Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Don Yamamoto – Secretary Tillerson’s March 6-13 Visit to A

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

The United States strongly condemns the killing of three Nigerian aid workers in a Boko Haram attack on a military installation in Rann, Borno State. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and to every family whose loved ones have been affected by this and other terrorist acts. We voice our ...
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Secretary Tillerson to Travel to Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Nairobi, N’Djamena, and Abuja

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

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

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

Three year activity will help elected officials become more responsive to citizens Abuja – On February 13, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria W. Stuart Symington joined more than 40 prominent Nigerian politicians and International Republican Institute (IRI) President, Daniel Twining to launch a new activity supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to help ...
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U.S. Partners with “Project PINK BLUE” for Launch of Medical Oncology Training

Abuja – Friday, February 9, U.S. Mission Nigeria-supported “Project PINK BLUE” launched the Upgrade Oncology: Medical Oncology Training Program in Abuja. “Project PINK BLUE” is a non-profit organization engaged in raising cancer awareness, patient navigation, advocacy and free breast and cervical cancer screening for underprivileged women. Upgrade Oncology is a capacity development program focused on ...
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TRANSCRIPT – Telephonic Press Briefing: Acting Director for Economic and Regional Affairs Harry Sullivan on AGOA

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

Lagos––A 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow, Mr. Kunle Adewale, on Sunday inaugurated an Art in Medicine Fellowship for public health practitioners and professional artists in Lagos. Eighty five (85) medical professionals including doctors, nurses, and trained caregivers as well as fifteen (15) visual artists were inducted into the yearlong fellowship. The 100 inductees will hold a ...
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African Members of G7 High Tech Crime Network Meet in Nigeria

Abuja – The United States Mission Nigeria hosted workshops on the functions of the G7 24-7 High Tech Crime Network for Sub-Saharan Africa from January 30-February 2, 2018 in Abuja. The 33 attendees represented fourteen countries including Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, ...
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USAID Provides $89 Million in New Assistance to Nigeria

Abuja – On January 26, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $89 million in additional development assistance to Nigeria to continue its support for development goals outlined in a Development Objectives Assistance Agreement between the U.S. and Nigerian governments signed in 2015. Nearly half of the new funding ($44 million) will support HIV/AIDS ...
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USAID-Supported ‘Learning Centers’ Bring Education To 80,000 Conflict-Affected Learners in Northeast

Abuja – Since 2014, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided a peaceful environment for basic education and psycho-social support to more than 80,000 out-of-school youth in five conflict-affected states in northeast Nigeria.  Many of these children and youth, particularly girls and the physically challenged, have been traumatized by violence and are unable ...
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Remarks of Consul General F. John Bray Closing Gong Ceremony at the Nigeria Stock Exchange

Thank you, Chief Executive Officer Oscar Onyeama for hosting my visit to this important institution and discussing the Nigerian capital market. Members of the board, management and staff of the Nigeria Stock Exchange, gentlemen of the press, it is my pleasure to be here today. Let me start by telling you why I am here. ...
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Power Africa Partners With Ibadan Distribution Company to Strengthen Nigeria’s Energy Sector

Accord promises to increase access to electricity in the Southwest Abeokuta – On January 25, Power Africa, a U.S. government-led initiative coordinated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which seeks to double electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa, announced a new partnership to advance the power sector in Nigeria. Power Africa will extend technical ...
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Fulbright Language Scholars Train 200 English Language Teachers in Ondo, Oyo States

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

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

Africa remains a continent of promise and enduring challenges. Africa contains many of the world’s fastest growing economies, which represent potential new markets for U.S. goods and services. Aspiring partners across the continent are eager to build market-based economies and enhance stability. ­ ­ The demand for quality American exports is high and will likely ...
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President Donald J. Trump Announces a National Security Strategy to Advance America’s Interests

President Donald J. Trump A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW ERA: Less than a year after taking office, President Donald J. Trump is unveiling a new National Security Strategy that sets a positive strategic direction for the United States that will restore America’s advantages in the world and build upon our country’s great ...
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Remarks By Acting Consul General Darcy F. Zotter At the Opening of Disability-Friendly Digital Hub Agege, Lagos

Good morning everyone. It is an honor for me to welcome you to the opening of this technology and entrepreneurship hub for persons living with disabilities. I would like to recognize the Lagos State Director for the Office of Disability Affairs, Dr. Adebukola Adebayo. I am happy to learn that Dr. Adebayo is a 2013 ...
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Akwa Ibom Releases First-Ever AIDS Indicator Survey Funded by USAID

Abuja, Nigeria – On November 27, the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Health formally presented findings of the Akwa Ibom AIDS Indicator Survey (AKAIS).  The survey was carried out across 31 local government areas between April and June of this year and is a population-based, cross-sectional survey.  It is one of the first states in ...
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The United States Government Donates 2.9 Million Insecticide-treated Mosquito Bed Nets to the People of Sokoto State

Abuja, Nigeria – On December 14, the U.S. Government through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) donated 2.9 million bed nets for distribution in Sokoto State. The bed nets, valued at $8.1 million will be distributed in all 23 local government areas of the State. The U.S. Government also provided an additional $1.5 million for logistics, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: President Trump’s announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital

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

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Nigeria and recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all but essential travel to Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Kano, Jigawa, and Yobe states because the security situation in northeast Nigeria remains fluid and unpredictable.  Very poor transportation infrastructure also makes it difficult for the ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports Nigeria’s Inaugural American Football Youth Championship

Abuja, Nigeria- MTD Tigers stop ABC Game Shakers 26-12 On a brisk, sunny, Saturday morning, December 2nd, Zaria’s stadium hosted the first championship of Nigeria’s inaugural American football youth league. The game matched the MTD Tigers against the ABC Dogarawa Game Shakers. In a spirited game, full of big plays and hard hits, the MTD Tigers ...
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2017 World AIDS Day: Ambassador Asks Students to Stop the Spread of HIV

Abuja, Nigeria- U.S. Mission Nigeria commemorated World AIDS Day today with the theme “Behavior Change for Epidemic Control.” The program took place at the Government Secondary School Wuse Zone 3, Abuja, involving more than 200 Senior Secondary School students from 10 public secondary schools across the metropolis as well as key Government of Nigeria officials ...
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U.S. Boosts Nigeria’s Counter-Narcotics Efforts, Donates Vehicles, Tactical Equipment to NDLEA

Lagos––As part of its continuing support of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the United States government on Wednesday donated seven vehicles and a variety of technical equipment to the Nigerian counter-narcotics agency. The items and equipment included (3) Honda Accord vehicles; (3) Toyota Hilux trucks;  (1) Toyota Hiace Van; a Smith Detection Body ...
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U.S. Mission Nigeria Announces 2018 Funding Opportunity for Cultural Preservation

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

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

Abuja, Nigeria – Yesterday, U.S. Department of Commerce and Nigeria’s Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment (MITI) finalized the Memorandum of Understanding to formally establish a new bilateral policy instrument focused on trade and investment between Nigeria and the United States. The U.S.-Nigeria Commercial and Investment Dialogue (CID) is a U.S. Department of Commerce and ...
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Deputy Secretary Of State John Sullivan Opening Remarks: U.S.-Nigeria BNC

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

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

Abuja, Nigeria – Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will visit Nigeria on November 19 and 20, where he will lead the U.S. interagency delegation to the Bi-National Commission (BNC) meetings in Abuja. The Bi-National Commission will be hosted by Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama. Working groups at the BNC will focus on security ...
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Nigeria sees a rise to 11,710 students in the U.S.

Nigeria retained its top ranking as the number one source of African students studying in the United States, according to the  2017 Open Doors Report released on Monday, November 13. The International Educational Exchange data released by the Institute of International Education (IIE) shows that there are 11, 710 Nigerian students currently pursuing their educational goals in the United ...
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U.S. Embassy Awards $404,553 in Grants to Nigerian Civic Groups

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

Abuja, Nigeria – On Friday, November 10, 2017, the United States Government and the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) reaffirmed their commitment and collaboration to strengthen harmonization and delivery of development programs that aid millions of people throughout West Africa.  Alex Deprez, Mission Director, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/West Africa and the ...
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Two-day CDC Nigeria HIV & TB Intervention Symposium Opens in Abuja

Abuja – A two-day symposium to examine efforts made in HIV/AIDS and TB intervention by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Nigeria in collaboration with its implementing partners began today in Abuja. The theme of the symposium, “Partnering for Sustainable HIV Epidemic Control in Nigeria,” reflects the United States’ resolve to ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Violence in Abuja – Wuse Market and Julius Berger Junction

The U.S. Embassy received news of a violent protest in the area of Wuse Market and Julius Berger junction.  U.S. citizens should avoid these areas. Exercise caution in these areas; review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of ...
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Four American Documentaries Enter 2017 Africa International Film Festival

Abuja – The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos is partnering with the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) to present four American documentaries to Nigerian audiences. The films, The If Project, All the Difference, She Started It, and Class Divide are all featured in the American Film Showcase (AFS), a partnership between the U.S. State Department ...
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U.S. Promotes STEM Education in Nigeria, Trains 460 Students, Teachers on Robotics

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

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

Abuja – On October 20, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) marked the successful conclusion of the three year, $3 million Feed the Future Nigeria Agro-Inputs Activity.  The activity built the capacity of agro-inputs dealers to provide extension advisory services to farmers and to compensate for a shortfall of public extension agents in the ...
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Country Public Affairs Officer Aruna Amirthanayagam Talking Points for Screening of The IF Project

Welcome to the Abuja Film Festival and tonight’s screening of The IF Project. The U.S. Embassy is proud to support the Abuja Film Festival for the second year in a row and the wonderful week of film it offers the city and the country. We’re especially proud tonight to feature The IF Project, one of ...
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U.S. Embassy Abuja Hosts Former Major League Baseball Pitcher Jeremy Guthrie

The U.S. Embassy is hosting former Major League Baseball pitcher Jeremy Guthrie in Abuja, Nigeria. Guthrie is participating in the Baseball Tomorrow Academy youth baseball camp being held at the National Stadium. Speaking to the press, Guthrie said, “the goal is to work with these kids,  give them something that they can work on, inspire ...
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Remarks of Consul General F. John Bray at Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Reunion

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

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

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

Remarks Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. Under Secretary for Political Affairs U.S. Institute of Peace Washington, DC (As Prepared for Delivery) Good morning. Thank you, President Lindborg, for the kind introduction. I am grateful to you and Ambassador Carson for the invitation to participate in this important symposium on Nigeria. It is great to be back ...
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PAO Darcy Zotter Challenged Young Librarians in Nigeria to Make a Difference in the Library and Information Profession.

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

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

Abuja, Nigeria– The U.S. Embassy in Abuja is inviting Nigerians throughout the country to compete in its “Strength in Diversity” video contest. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington opened the competition on September 6, 2017 and submissions have already been entered. The contest runs for one month and closes on October 6 so there is still time ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission David Young’s Goodwill Message at NACC-Kaduna SME Conference and Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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

Abuja, Nigeria– An eight member Congressional delegation from the United States will visit Nigeria from August 28 – August 31.  The delegation will be led by Senator Christopher Coons (D-Delaware).  Senator Coons is a member of the Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Ethics committees. The delegation also includes Senator Gary Peters ...
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U.S. Joins Nigeria’s Dedication of Medical ‘Warehouse in a Box’

Abuja, Nigeria – Today, Stephen M. Haykin, Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole to inaugurate a new state-of-the-art medical storage facility that provides medical authorities better access to life saving medicines and other essential health commodities. Known as a “warehouse in a box,” ...
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TRANSCRIPT – AGOA Forum: Telephone Press Briefing with U.S. Government officials on Africa Affairs & Trade in Africa.

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

Abuja – The U.S. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in partnership with the Rule of Law Advisory Team of the Office of the Vice President of Nigeria, the Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee and the Nigeria Prison Service today launched the Prison Data Management System Pilot Project at Kuje Prison. ...
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Remarks for Consul General F. John Bray Official Opening of the Lady Labs Innovation Hub Founded by IVLP Alum Abisoye Ajayi

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen! I am very pleased to be here in Yaba once again to support another chapter in our collective efforts to increase access to digital technology and technology-based entrepreneurship. A couple of weeks ago, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria W. Stuart Symington opened one of Africa’s 10 Priority American Spaces here ...
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Acting DCM Aruna Amirthanayagam Talking Points for Education Pre-Departure Orientation

Good morning, parents, friends, and most importantly students.  It’s my pleasure to join you for this morning’s send-off in advance of your departure to the United States.  I want to thank the Public Affairs team, especially the advisors of EducationUSA – Shade, Lilian, Kathryn, and Malate – for their support of all young Nigerians who ...
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U.S. Supports Presidential ‘Care Clinics’ to Boost Small and Medium-sized Business in Nigeria

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

Acting President Your Excellency Yemi Osinbajo Assembled Governors and Ministers Distinguished Guests I stand on existing protocol and thank all of you for hosting us here today as we attend this “Care Clinic” for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in Nigeria. As you may know, the U.S. government places a high priority on support to ...
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Remarks By U.S. Consul General F. John Bray 2017 EducationUSA Pre-Departure Orientation

As prepared for delivery Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen! Congratulations to all of you who have been selected to attend U.S. colleges and universities for the 2017-18 academic session. Many of you in this room have received scholarships to attend prestigious universities like Howard University, Syracuse University, Drexel University, University of Wisconsin in Madison, University of ...
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U.S. Partners with Religious Leaders & NGO to Launch Anti-Corruption Website

Lagos— The United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria in collaboration with BudgIT, a local NGO, on Wednesday launched Report Yourself, a web-based platform that leverages citizen engagement to fight corruption in Nigeria. The partnership to promote Report Yourself also includes the Religious Leaders Anti-Corruption (RLAC) working group and Nigerian law enforcement agencies, This anti-corruption initiative is ...
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Chargé d’Affaires David J. Young – Remarks for “Report Yourself” Website Launch

Distinguished guests, I want to thank you once again for participating in this outstanding initiative to address corruption in Nigeria.  Nigeria is the single most important strategic partner for the United States in Africa and in order to successfully further our shared goals, the U.S. Mission in Nigeria has made combating corruption a central priority.  ...
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U.S. Pledges Support for Digital Transformation of Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Industry

Lagos—The Foreign Commercial Service of the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria, in collaboration with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Nigeria and its leading local partner, Manifold Computers, have introduced an innovative technology  Synergy and Aruba for use in the Nigerian oil and gas industry. Synergy and Aruba helps companies operating in the Nigerian oil and gas industry to increase ...
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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance in Response to Famine Risk, Violence, and Forced Displacement

Today, the United States announced nearly $639 million in additional humanitarian assistance to the millions of people affected by food insecurity and violence in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance to over $1.8 billion for these four crises since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017. With ...
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Commissioning Of Jikoko Community Clinic Supported By U.S. Ambassador’s Small Grants Program

Remarks of David J. Young Chargé d’Affaires It is my pleasure to participate in this commissioning ceremony as health is one of the priority areas of U.S. development assistance in Nigeria. The U.S. – Nigeria partnership on HIV/AIDS began in 2004 through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief — known as PEPFAR. From ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates 241st Anniversary of American Independence

U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington is hosting the 241st anniversary celebration of the independence of the United States of America in Abuja today. Current and former government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, business, political, and traditional leaders, media executives, civil society representatives, leaders in academia, and other friends of the United States will be in ...
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Stephen M. Haykin Sworn In as USAID Mission Director

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

Lagos—The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria on Friday announced a N2.9 million micro-grant to 50 women caregivers to support the economic wellbeing of their families, particularly the vulnerable children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in five local communities in Apapa local government area of Lagos. Under the U.S. Ambassador’s PEPFAR Small Grants Program, a local non-governmental organization, ...
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Trafficking in Persons Report 2017

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

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

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will be closed on Monday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 27 in observance of Eid-al-Fitr.  The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate General will reopen on Wednesday, June 28. The U.S. Mission reminds all U.S. citizens to exercise caution and be aware of their ...
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Ambassador Symington Hails Launch of Lagos Chapter of U.S. Government Exchange Alumni Association

June 19, 2017 – Ambassador W. Stuart Symington and Consul General F. John Bray welcomed the June 19 launch of the Lagos Chapter of the U.S. Government Exchange Alumni Association in a ceremony held at the Colonades Hotel in Lagos. The new chapter for Lagos State welds together interested alumni from all public diplomacy exchange ...
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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Arria-Formula Meeting on the Risk of Famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Northeast Nigeria

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

The U.S. is deeply concerned about the famine in South Sudan, as well as the risk of famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. We are one of the largest donors of humanitarian assistance for the people of these countries and will continue to work with other international donors to provide the life-saving aid needed ...
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U.S. Government Signs $469 Million Nigeria HIV/AIDS COP 2017

Abuja – Today, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador-at-Large, Deborah L. Birx, M.D., signed the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Country Operational Plan (COP 2017). The Country Operational Plan is an annual program plan for U.S. government investments in the Nigeria National HIV/AIDS Response through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  U.S. government commitment to the ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission David Young’s Opening Remarks at ECOWAS Cybersecurity Strategy Workshop – Abuja

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

Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 5, 2017 We join the international community in mourning the passing of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). During his six and a half year tenure at the helm of UNFPA, Dr. Babatunde was a tireless advocate for the health of women ...
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U.S. Embassy Grant Trains Museum Curators on Preserving Nigeria’s Collections

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

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

Lagos–– The United States Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. W. Stuart Symington today opened Nigeria’s first state-of-the art Priority American Space hosted at the Yaba offices of technology incubator, Co-Creation Hub (CC-Hub). At the event attended by technology leaders, Ambassador Symington explained that the space, which is equipped with cutting-edge digital technology, is a center for ...
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U.S. Provides $9.5 Million in Assistance to WFP to Ensure Good Health of Pregnant Women, Children under Five

ABUJA –The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided an additional $9.5 million to the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) to ensure more than 175,000 mothers and children under five do not suffer from malnutrition during this year’s “lean” season. The grant from USAID’s Health, Population, and Nutrition Office, augments ...
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4H Program Comes to Benue

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

Abuja – On May 23 U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria W. Stuart Symington spoke on U.S.-Nigerian cooperation in combatting cybercrime and financial fraud.  This was at the 2nd Annual Conference on Combatting Financial Fraud, Cybercrime, and Cross-Border Crimes organized by the Federal Ministry of Justice and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). He stated, “There ...
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U.S. Embassy Honors Mandela Fellow John Paul Usman, Donates Books Worth $2000 to University

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

Good morning. All protocols duly observed. It is wonderful to see alumni of different Department of State exchange programs. As alumni of one of the 20 exchange programs that the Department of State has sponsored over the years in Nigeria you join more than one million Department of State alumni worldwide. It is my honor ...
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101 Young Nigerians to attend 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria will send 101 young Nigerians to participate in the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship program for six weeks from June 15 to August 3. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  It is composed of academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.  A total ...
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U.S. Government Launches $2.5 million Water and Sanitation Project for Kaduna and Bauchi States

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

Special Briefing Nathan Holt Deputy Director, Office of West African Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs Via Teleconference Washington, DC May 9, 2017 MS NAUERT: Thank you so much. Well, good afternoon, everyone, and thanks for joining us today for the call on Nigeria. We’re joined by Nathan Holt, the deputy director of the Office of West African ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Boko Haram Threat to Kidnap Foreigners in Bama Local Government Area, Borno State

The U.S. Embassy has received a credible report that Boko Haram is actively planning to kidnap foreigners working along the Kumshe-Banki axis in Bama Local Government Area, Borno State. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps ...
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U.S. Consulate Marks Press Freedom Day with Thought-Provoking Sessions, Inter-Collegiate Debate Competition

On Wednesday, May 3, 3017, the Public Affairs Section of the United States Consulate General Lagos in collaboration with Lagos Television (LTV), a leading state-owned broadcast station, organized a program in commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day. At the program themed “Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s Role in Advancing Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive ...
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U.S. Government-sponsored Conference Helps Nigerian Farmers and Herders Forge Solutions to Conflict

ABUJA – Leaders of farmers and herders as well as religious and ethnic leaders have identified proliferation of arms in the country, diminishing farmlands and grazing pastures due to climate change, and frequent media bias as major contributing factors to escalation of violent tensions between farmers and herders in Nigeria.  These were part of the ...
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Remarks for U.S. Consul General Mr. F. John Bray at the 2017 World Press Freedom Day, Lagos

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for joining us today to celebrate the 2017 World Press Freedom Day, I am delighted to be here. I’d like to begin by congratulating the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mrs Funke Egbemode on  her re-election. Congratulations, Funke. Let me also extend special thanks to our partners, ...
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U.S. Announces $30 Million in New Humanitarian Funding for Northeast Nigeria

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

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

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

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

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

His Excellency, Alhaji Abdul’Aziz Yari Abubakar, Executive Governor of Zamfara State; The Honorable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole; Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Foundation and Malaria Private Sector Ambassador; and Dr. Audu Bala Mohammed, National Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Program. Ladies, Gentlemen and members of the press, good morning and thank you for coming ...
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U.S. Ambassador Tours Nigeria’s Rich Tropical Rain Forests, Pledges Continued Support for Environmental Conservation Efforts

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria W. Stuart Symington toured the rich tropical rain forests of the Obudu Mountains and the Drill Ranch on the Afi Mountains of Cross River State April 22 – 23.  He sought to learn more about Nigeria’s unique natural resources. On Monday, following the completion of the tour, Ambassador Symington ...
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Mandela Washington Fellow Trains 60 Vesico-Vaginal Fistula Survivors on Entrepreneurial Skills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Consulate General Lagos Public Affairs Officer Darcy Zotter appeared on Fresh FM 105.9 and Diamond FM 101.1 this Wednesday as part of the Consulate’s public diplomacy efforts in Ibadan, Oyo State.  During her interview, PAO Zotter highlighted U.S. cultural, educational and professional programs for the listeners, with an emphasis on the Fulbright program as well as the EducationUSA Advising Center in Lagos and the various American Corners in ...
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USAID ‘Deeply Engaged’ in Boko Haram Crisis Response A conversation with Mission Director Mike Harvey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release   President Donald J. Trump spoke this week with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria to discuss the strong cooperation between the United States and Nigeria, including on shared security, economic, and governance priorities.  President Trump underscored the importance the United States places on its ...
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Power Africa Coordinator, Andrew Herscowitz at a Workshop for Nigerian Power Distribution Companies

Yesterday (February 14, 2017),  Andrew Herscowitz, Power Africa Coordinator, spoke at a workshop for Nigerian power distribution companies. Power Africa brings together the private sector and governments to work in partnership to increase the number of people with access to power, on and off grid, on the African continent. In 2017, 95 million Nigerians still ...
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U.S. Embassy Provides $116,000 Grant for Preservation of Nigeria’s Cultural Heritage

Yesterday (February 13) the United States Embassy in Abuja announced a $116, 000 grant through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation program, for the preservation of cultural heritage in Nigeria.  U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding of the grant between the International Center for the Study of the ...
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U.S. Consulate Holds Google Hangout on Student Life at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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

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

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

Rex Tillerson, a globe-trotting oil executive and engineer, is the new U.S. secretary of state and chief foreign affairs adviser to President Trump. He was confirmed February 1 as the 69th secretary of state, a position first held by Thomas Jefferson and most recently by John Kerry. Five predecessors won the Nobel Peace Prize. Rex Wayne ...
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U.S. Commercial Service, American Firm Simulation Solutions Launch Operations Technology for Nigerian Petrochemical Industry Partners

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

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

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

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

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

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

In commemoration of Religious Freedom Day, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires David Young delivered a speech on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Nile University on the U.S. tradition of supporting religious freedom. While addressing the undergraduate students of the University, Mr. Young explained the commitment by the United States to constitutional protection for religious liberty. He ...
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As Prepared for Delivery Deputy Vice Chancellors Gursoy and Adeshina, members of the administration and faculty of Nile University, students, and friends, thank you for your warm welcome.  This is my first visit to your institution, and from your beginnings back in 1998 with 23 students to the near 200 that now fill this hall ...
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As prepared “A Force for Positive Change” I appreciate the welcome. As this conference is sponsored by the U.S. Mission to Nigeria, let me say on behalf of the Mission, you are all welcome – and welcome back from the United States! I am grateful that you have come from the far corners of Nigeria ...
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SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you so much. Thank you very much. Good morning, everybody. How are you? Everybody good? AUDIENCE: (Cheering.) SECRETARY KERRY: Now, let’s do a little organizing here. You’re getting wet, man. (Laughter.) So I want you – push back a little bit so – now we – I want you to get out of the water. ...
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SECRETARY KERRY: Well, thank you, Cathy. First of all, let me thank you for your tremendous work and leadership. We’re very proud of – Ambassador Russell’s really been at the forefront of leading efforts like this around the world, and I’ve seen her in more places around the world than I see her in Washington at ...
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Minister, thank you very much for your very warm words and your gracious hospitality. As you mentioned, I had the opportunity to be here just after President Buhari’s election to work, in particular, on his visit to the White House to see President Obama. I have to say that in the space of a year, ...
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MR BENTON: Welcome to LiveAtState, the State Department’s interactive online video platform for engaging with international media. I am your host, David Benton. I’m delighted to welcome journalists and media representatives joining us today from around the world. I’d like to give a special shout-out to watch parties joining us from U.S. embassies and consulates ...
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U.S. Condemns Boko Haram Attacks in the Lake Chad Basin Region (December 29, 2015)

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Nigerian Army Clash with Islamic Movement of Nigeria (December 16, 2015)

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The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Begin Text Today in Paris, we announce contributions totaling $248 million USD [1] to the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), hosted by the Global Environment Facility ...
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Opinion Editorial – Changing the Face of HIV/AIDS: Protecting Our Girls (October 11, 2015)

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Africa: Decisive Moment for Democracy by John Kerry Secretary of State (October 6, 2015)

Last May, I shared in an extraordinary moment. I had the privilege, together with many leaders from across Africa, of bearing witness to the first peaceful, democratic transition of power between two parties in Nigeria. I traveled to Lagos earlier this year to emphasize that for the United States, Nigeria is an increasingly important strategic ...
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CAR G8 Joint Statement (September 29, 2015)

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on U.S. Support for the Countries Fighting Boko Haram (September 24, 2015)

The President today delegated authority to the Secretary of State to direct the drawdown of up to $45 million in defense articles and services, as well as military education and training, to support Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria’s efforts to defeat Boko Haram.  This will enable the Secretary to authorize the provision of critical ...
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The United States Condemns Boko Haram Attacks in Cameroon and Nigeria (September 4, 2015)

The United States strongly condemns the horrific and indiscriminate attacks on September 3 on the central market and residential neighborhood of Kerawa, Cameroon, and the September 1 attacks on two villages in the Damboa Local Government Area in Borno State, Nigeria that killed more than two dozen civilians. We extend our condolences to the families ...
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Press Statement – Attacks in Nigeria (August 29, 2015)

The United States strongly condemns the raids on villages in northeast Nigeria on August 28, and we extend our sympathies to the families and loved ones of the civilians who were killed and injured. These recent raids are just additional examples of the horrific and indiscriminate violence that Boko Haram continues to use to terrorize ...
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Assistant Secretary Charles Rivkin Travels to France, Nigeria and Senegal (August 27, 2015)

Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles H. Rivkin will travel September 1-11 to France, Nigeria and Senegal. In Paris September 1-4, Assistant Secretary Rivkin will meet with government and business officials to discuss economic issues. In Abuja, Nigeria, September 7-8, Assistant Secretary Rivkin will deliver the keynote address at the Nigerian ...
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LiveAtState with Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Florie Liser on AGOA 2015 For

MR ZELTAKALNS: Welcome to LiveAtState, the State Department’s interactive online video platform for engaging international media. I’m delighted to welcome participants today from around the continent and around the world. I’d like to send a special shout-out to our watch parties in Abuja, Addis Ababa, Dakar, Lagos, Libreville, Lome, and Luanda. Today you’ll be speaking ...
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Special Envoy and Coordinator for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, Rashad Hussain, is currently in Abuja, Nigeria, August 6-7, 2015. While in Nigeria, Special Envoy Hussain met with government leaders, including President Buhari, regarding efforts to counter violent extremism. The Special Envoy also met with civil society, community and religious leaders, including the Sultan of Sokoto, and ...
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FACT SHEET: The Global Health Security Agenda (July 28, 2015)

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa continues to galvanize global attention and resources as the international community strives to eliminate active cases and help the affected countries recover.  African leaders and African Union officials have shown extraordinary leadership in addressing the outbreak. The epidemic highlighted the urgent need to establish global capacity to prevent, detect, ...
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Kerry on 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report (July 27, 2015)

REMARKS Secretary of State John Kerry  At the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report Ceremony Dean Acheson Auditorium SECRETARY KERRY: Sarah, thank you very, very much. Thank you all for being here this morning and witnessing my first three yards on one crutch in public. (Laughter.) If my doctor sees that, I’m in serious trouble. (Applause.) ...
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FACT SHEET: U.S. Support for Peace, Security, and Countering Violent Extremism in Africa (July 27, 2015)

The United States is committed to working with our African partners to address peace and security challenges on the continent and across the globe.  While expanding our cooperation with governments in Africa to combat the growing terrorist threat across the continent and protect African communities, we are engaging in holistic efforts to help governments and ...
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FACT SHEET: Advancing Democracy, Human Rights, Gender Equality, Wildlife Conservation, and Governance in Africa (July 26, 2015)

The United States is committed to supporting African countries’ efforts to strengthen democratic institutions, support civil society, advance gender equality, improve governance, and protect human rights.  We view these efforts as priorities not just because they are vital by themselves, but also because good governance and human rights underpin sustainable economic growth and peaceful and ...
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FACT SHEET: Deepening the U.S.-Africa Trade Relationship (July 26, 2015)

President Obama has prioritized promoting U.S. trade with and investment in Africa, building Africa’s trade capacity, and extending preferential access to the U.S. market for African products.  U.S. non-petroleum imports from Africa increased by 46 percent and U.S. goods exports to Africa increased by 59 percent since 2009, evidence of growing trade ties between the ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria (July 20, 2015)

Vice President Biden hosted President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria today for a meeting at the Naval Observatory. The Vice President underscored the importance the United States places on its relationship with Nigeria. Vice President Biden and President Buhari spoke about the challenges and opportunities facing the Nigerian people, and the ways in which the United ...
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Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken Travel to Nigeria and Niger July 6 – 9 (July 2, 2015)

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel next week to Nigeria and Niger to meet with a wide range of government officials and non-governmental experts to discuss key political, economic, and security issues. On July 6-9, Deputy Secretary Blinken will meet with senior government officials in Abuja to discuss expanding cooperation on our shared ...
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2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (June 25, 2015)

On June 25, 2015, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the U.S. Congress.  The reports, now in their 39th year, are available at  State.gov/humanrightsreports and HumanRights.gov/reports .  Mandated by Congress, the Human Rights Reports help inform U.S. government policy and foreign assistance.  They are ...
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Transcript: Telephonic Media Briefing with U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets Arun Kumar (JUne 22, 2015)

MODERATOR: Greetings to everyone from the US Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub.  I would like to welcome our callers who have dialed in from across Africa. Today we are joined by Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and the Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Arun Kumar. Assistant Secretary ...
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Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield; Ambassador Reuben Brigety, Representative of the United States to the African Union and Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN Economic Commission of Africa; and Ambassador Donald Booth, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan Moderator: Hello, everyone. I am Camille Dawson, Director ...
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Via Teleconference MR ZELTAKALNS:  (In progress) the State Department’s virtual interactive press conference.  Thank you for joining us.  And a special hello to those viewing at our watch parties today in our embassies in Angola, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, and Zambia.  I’m pleased to welcome back to the Live At State stage Assistant Secretary of State ...
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President Barack Obama today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to Nigeria to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on May 29, 2015. The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State, will lead the delegation. Members of the Presidential Delegation: The Honorable James F. Entwistle, U.S. ...
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Presidential Delegation to Inauguration of Nigerian President (May 18, 2015)

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“When Nigeria Decides, Nigeria Wins” – By U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield (April 20, 2

The world takes notice when Nigerians, citizens of Africa’s largest democracy, decide.  By participating peacefully and enthusiastically in the recent electoral processes in March and April, millions of you stood strong to re-affirm Nigeria as a leader for democracy in Africa—and around the world.  It was an honor for me to lead the U.S. observer ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Nigerian President-Elect Buhari (April 15, 2015)

Vice President Biden spoke with Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari to congratulate him on his victory in the recent Nigerian elections and affirm that the United States stands ready to expand collaboration with Nigeria on issues of common concern, including economic and security matters. The Vice President commended President-elect Buhari for his leadership in helping to ensure ...
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Press Statement – Nigerian State-level Elections (April 10, 2015)

The United States again congratulates the people of Nigeria and the Nigerian Government on historic, well-conducted, and largely peaceful elections the weekend of March 28. The United States further commends Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its Chairman Attahiru Jega on the successful vote. We also recognize the professionalism with which the security services ...
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Readout of the President’s Calls with Nigerian President Jonathan and President-Elect Buhari (April 1, 2015)

President Obama today spoke with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and separately with President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari to commend them for their leadership during Nigeria’s recent election. The President applauded President Jonathan for putting Nigeria and its people before politics by conceding the election and calling on his supporters to accept the outcome peacefully. President Obama congratulated ...
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Nigeria: U.S. Government Assistance in Support of Free, Fair, and Peaceful Elections (March 26, 2015)

Peaceful and credible elections are essential to Nigeria’s development.  And as the largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria’s stability is crucial to the security and economic prosperity of its neighbors.  The United States seeks to support Nigeria’s leaders and its people in their efforts to build a multi-party democracy that addresses the aspirations of all ...
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Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield Travels to Nigeria (March 26, 2015)

Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield will travel to Nigeria on March 27. Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield will lead our official diplomatic observation mission for the March 28 presidential and national assembly elections. This is the latest example of U.S. support for a credible, peaceful electoral process in Nigeria. While in Abuja, Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield ...
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Security Adviser Rice’s Meeting with Nigerian Minister Gusau (March 25, 2015)

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Postponement of Elections in Nigeria (February 7, 2015)

The United States is deeply disappointed by the decision to postpone Nigeria’s presidential election, which had been scheduled for February 14. Political interference with the Independent National Electoral Commission is unacceptable, and it is critical that the government not use security concerns as a pretext for impeding the democratic process. The international community will be ...
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U.S. Supports Peaceful, Credible, Timely Elections in Nigeria (February 6, 2015)

The United States reiterates its support for peaceful, free, transparent, and credible electoral processes in Nigeria and renews its calls on all candidates, their supporters, and Nigerian citizens to reject election-related violence.  As the Secretary said when he met with the leading candidates in Lagos on January 25, it is imperative that all Nigerians not ...
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Proclamation on National African American History Month, 2015

NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH, 2015 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION For generations, the story of American progress has been shaped by the inextinguishable beliefs that change is always possible and a brighter future lies ahead. With tremendous strength and abiding resolve, our ancestors — some of whom were ...
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Presidential Proclamation on Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (January 16, 2015)

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., FEDERAL HOLIDAY, 2015 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAA PROCLAMATION A champion for justice, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., helped awaken our Nation’s long-slumbering conscience and inspired a generation. Through a cacophony of division and hatred, his voice rang out, challenging America to make freedom a ...
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Obama Proclamation on Human Rights Day, Human Rights Week (December 9, 2014)

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY AND HUMAN RIGHTS WEEK, 2014 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION On December 10, 1948, nations from six continents came together to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This extraordinary document affirmed that every individual is born equal with inalienable rights, and it is the responsibility ...
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STATEMENT BY JEN PSAKI, SPOKESPERSON – United States Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Nigeria (November 28, 2014)

The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s horrendous attack on worshippers at the Central Mosque in Kano and recent attacks on innocent civilians in northeastern Nigeria. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the individuals killed and injured. These attacks, while as yet unclaimed, have all of the ...
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Announcement of Important U.S. Visa Processing Changes – DHL Document Collection Center – Port Harcourt (November 25, 2014)

DHL Document Collection Center – Port Harcourt The new DHL Document Collection Center in Port Harcourt is open.  Applicants who interview in Lagos or Abuja can choose to pick up their passports in Port Harcourt, in addition to existing facilities in Abuja and Lagos.  Similarly, applicants can submit their passports to the Port Harcourt collection ...
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America’s Commitment to a Secure Nigeria – by Ambassador James F. Entwistle

Recent media reports on U.S.-Nigeria security cooperation may have led some to question the United States’ willingness to support Nigeria’s war on terrorism.  Our support is unwavering and comes from the highest levels of the U.S. government.  When I presented credentials to President Goodluck Jonathan almost one year ago, I told him the United States ...
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Obama on Plans to Destroy ISIL (September 10, 2014)

My fellow Americans, tonight I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL. As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people.  Over the last several years, we have consistently taken the ...
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Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Travel to Nigeria, Cameroon, and England (September 2, 2014)

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield is traveling to Nigeria September 2-5. She will attend a regional Ministerial meeting on Boko Haram on September 3. The following day Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield will co-chair a meeting of the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission’s Regional Security Working Group. During her visit, she will also meet with ...
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OPED – The Ebola Virus Disease and Nigeria’s Response by Ambassador James Entwistle (September 1, 2014)

The United States of America has been proud to work closely with the Federal Government of Nigeria and the governments of the affected states to fight the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).  Nigeria must sustain this coordinated response, and we pledge to continue our support, along with other international partners and global health organizations, until ...
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FACT SHEET: U.S. Support for Democratic Institutions, Good Governance, and Human Rights in Africa (August 4, 2014)

“[I]f the dignity of the individual is upheld across Africa, then I believe Americans will be more free as well, because I believe that none of us are fully free when others in the human family remain shackled by poverty or disease or oppression. … Governments that respect the rights of their citizens and abide by ...
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FACT SHEET: Shared Investment in Youth (August 4, 2014)

Africa has the youngest population in the world, with approximately 200 million people between the ages of 15 and 24 – a number expected to increase to 330 million by 2034.  Africa also has the fastest growing population in the world. In fewer than three generations, 41 percent of the world’s youth will be African.  ...
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FACT SHEET: Investing in African Trade for our Common Future (August 4, 2014)

Increased regional and international trade has been one of the drivers of Africa’s extraordinary average annual GDP growth rate of 5.1 percent over the last decade.  President Obama and his Administration are committed to sustaining and accelerating this growth through a comprehensive strategy to realize the potential of a renewed African Growth and Opportunity Act ...
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FACT SHEET: U.S. Engagement on Climate Change and Resilience in Africa (August 4, 2014)

Disasters and shocks — natural or manmade — have the potential to throw poor and marginal populations into crisis and wipe away hard-earned development gains.  These disasters and shocks are occurring with greater frequency and intensity, making it difficult to build resilient communities, particularly in countries facing severe socio-economic challenges exacerbated by the effects of ...
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Opinion Editorial – The Internet Belongs to Everyone – Catherine A. Novelli (July 28, 2014)

Next week, I will travel to Istanbul, Turkey to lead the U.S. delegation to the 9th Annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF).  This year, more than 3,000 participants from all continents representing different stakeholder groups – governments, private sector, civil society, technical community and academia – will attend the IGF. Why will so many government officials, ...
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STATEMENT BY MARIE HARF, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON – U.S. Condemns Bombings in Kaduna (July 23, 2014)

The United States deplores today’s twin bombings in Kaduna, Nigeria, which targeted Shaykh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, one of the country’s most respected Muslim scholars, during the month of Ramadan. We are also concerned by reports that these blasts may have also targeted former head of state General Muhammadu Buhari. We extend our sympathies to the ...
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LiveAtState: U.S.-Africa Relations, the YALI Summit, and the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit – Linda Thomas-Greenfield Assistant Secretary, Bureau of

MS. JENSEN: Good afternoon and welcome to LiveAtState, the State Department’s interactive web chat platform for engaging international media. I’m your host, Holly Jensen, and today I’m delighted to welcome Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Today she’s going to be speaking with you about U.S.-Africa relations, the YALI Summit, and the U.S.-Africa Leaders ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Wuse II Bomb Blast (June 26, 2014)

The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns yesterday’s bomb blast in Wuse II, Abuja. These heartless and violent attacks on innocent Nigerians are inexcusable and clearly bespeak the criminality of those behind these attacks in Abuja and other parts of Nigeria. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and call on all Nigerians ...
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Embassy Statement – Nigerian Ekiti State Governor’s Election (June 23, 2014)

We congratulate the many electoral stakeholders for the successful conduct of the June 21 Ekiti gubernatorial election.  The Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) oversaw a credible, efficient process, and by all accounts the result reflected the will of Ekiti’s voters.  The security forces collaborated effectively and provided a safe and secure environment free of ...
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Rewards for Justice – Reward Offers for Information on African Terrorists (June 13, 2014)

The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice program is offering rewards for information on four terrorists operating in western and northern Africa.  The Secretary of State has authorized rewards of up to $5 million each for information leading to the location of Khalid al-Barnawi, Hamad el Khairy, and Ahmed el Tilemsi, as well as ...
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Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall to Travel to United Kingdom (June 10, 2014)

U.S. Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall will travel to London, U.K., from June 11 to 13 to represent the United States at the London Ministerial Summit on Boko Haram, as well as attend the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict . The London Ministerial Summit on Boko Haram is a continuation of the May 17 ...
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Countering the Crisis of Credibility – OP-ED by Consul General Jeff Hawkins (June 6, 2014)

The United States has worked with Nigeria to strengthen democratic institutions for decades, and will continue to do so.  As the citizens of Ekiti and Osun prepare to go to the polls in the next few months to elect their governors, Nigerians and Nigeria’s friends in the international community will be watching carefully for peaceful ...
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Secretary Pritzker Highlights General Electric Investment in the Nigerian Community (May 27, 2014)

While in Nigeria, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker participated in a roundtable discussion with representatives from General Electric (GE) Healthcare and the Government of Nigeria where she heard about what opportunities existed for U.S. companies to provide solutions to Nigeria’s health care issues, specifically in the areas of infant and maternal care. Before beginning the ...
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Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on Security Council Action to Sanction Boko Haram (May 22

Today, the Security Council took an important step in support of the government of Nigeria’s efforts to defeat Boko Haram and hold its murderous leadership accountable for atrocities. By adding Boko Haram to the UN’s 1267 sanctions list, the Security Council has helped to close off important avenues of funding, travel and weapons to Boko ...
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Letter from the President –War Powers Notification on Chad (May 21, 2014)

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) Approximately 80 U.S. Armed Forces personnel have deployed to Chad as part of the U.S. efforts to locate and support the safe return of over 200 schoolgirls who are reported to have been kidnapped in Nigeria. These personnel will support the operation of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft for ...