U.S. funding to UNODC fights human trafficking and improves law enforcement capabilities in Nigeria

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is pleased to announce approximately $6.8 million in contributions to the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for projects in Nigeria to combat trafficking in persons. The INL donation will fund UNODC to train the Nigeria Correctional Service in …

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Remarks by Kathleen FitzGibbon, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Men’s Conference on Gender-Sensitive Constitutional Reform

To all the donors, partners, advocates for gender equality, and government representatives, thank you for your commitment to increasing the participation of women—half of your population—in the political discourse of Nigeria. As Vice President Kamala Harris said at the 65th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in March, “Democracy is a …

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US-CDC Trains 40 Public Health Officials in Nigeria on Emergency Response

Lagos––The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC) on Monday kicked off a two-week capacity building program in Lagos for Nigerian experts on public health emergency response. The training seeks to certify the first cohort of 40 participants drawn from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), state-level ministries of health, the Nigeria …

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USAID Activity Reaches 200,000 Out-Of-School Youth in Conflict-affected Borno and Yobe States

Abuja – On September 9, 2021, USAID Mission Director Dr. Anne Patterson joined Nigerian education officials and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to mark the closing of a three-year U.S. and UK government-funded activity that significantly increased safe and relevant educational opportunities for children and youth in crisis environments in Nigeria. Launched in 2018, …

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Over Last Decade, USAID Activity ‘Dramatically Changed the Story of HIV Response’ in Nigeria

U.S. provides lifesaving treatment for 83 percent of HIV-positive patients  Abuja — On September 7, 2021, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Kathleen FitzGibbon joined Nigerian Federal Director of Public Health Dr. M.O. Alex-Okoh representing Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanaire to mark the closing of a U.S. government activity that made a significant contribution to the HIV …

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U.S. Mission Welcomes 250 Businesswomen for 2021 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

Lagos–– On Tuesday, the U.S. Mission hosted a virtual event to launch the third cohort of the Lagos edition of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a U.S. government initiative that supports women entrepreneurs around the world. Working with local partner, Ascend Studios Foundation, founded by Inya Lawal, an alumna of the Fortune-U.S. Department of …

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On the Military Seizure of Power in Guinea

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States condemns today’s events in Conakry. Violence and any extra-constitutional measures will only erode Guinea’s prospects for peace, stability, and prosperity. These actions could limit the ability of the United States and Guinea’s other international partners to support the country as it navigates a path toward national unity and a brighter …

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U.S. Coast Guard Begins Training with Nigerian Navy on Maritime Law Enforcement Capabilities

Lagos— Twenty-four officers of the Nigerian Navy are participating in a four-week intensive U.S. Coast Guard Boarding Officer training program which kicked off on Monday, August 30.    Six trainers from the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, Virginia are in Lagos to lead this capacity-building program which seeks to strengthen maritime law enforcement capabilities …

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U.S.-made A-29 Super Tucano Aircraft Officially Inducted into Nigerian Air Force

U.S. Department of Defense leaders attended the A-29 Super Tucano induction ceremony, hosted by Nigerian Minister of Defence Bashir Salihi Magashi and the Nigerian Air Force, here Aug. 31. “The Nigerian Air Force is one of our key partners that plays a critical role in furthering regional security and stability,” said Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. …

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U.S. Awards “The Legion of Merit” to Air Vice Marshall Mohammed Aminu Yakubu

Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa Commander presented “The Legion of Merit” awarded by the 27th United States Secretary of Defense to Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Aminu Yakubu of the Nigeria Air Force. Air Vice Marshal Yakubu received this award in honor of his exceptional meritorious service as Nigerian Defense and …

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Three Maryland Residents Facing Federal Indictment for Attempting to Illegally Export Arms and Ammunition to Nigeria

 Allegedly Exported Arms and Ammunition Without Obtaining Export Licenses in Violation of the Arms Export Control Act and the Export Reform Control Act Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging three Maryland men for the federal charges of conspiracy, violation of the Arms Export Control Act and the Export Reform …

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U.S. Firm Introduces Maritime Optimization Solution into Nigerian Market

Lagos—This week, U.S. global technology firm, ION Geophysical Corporation, introduced its Marlin Maritime Optimization Software into the Nigerian market during a promotional webinar organized by the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service.     At the virtual event attended by key Nigeria government and private sector leaders across the offshore energy, ports, marine and defense industries, ION demonstrated how …

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U.S. CDC Intensifies Dissemination of COVID-19 Messages of Hope in Nigeria

Lagos––To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria, the U.S. Government, through its Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is supporting the Government of Nigeria to ramp up engagement with religious leaders to encourage their members to get vaccinated and continue to practice safe measures.      U.S. CDC-supported Messages of Hope Project is …

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New USAID Livelihoods Activity Will Benefit 15,000 Conflict-affected Farmers in Adamawa

Yola – On August 19, 2021, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new activity that will improve livelihoods and strengthen the resilience of 15,000 rural vulnerable households against environmental, economic, and social shocks and stressors. In a ceremony here, Acting Deputy Director for USAID’s Economic Growth and Environment Office Jodi Kaye Wade joined …

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National Malaria Slide Bank Project Advocacy Visit to Benue State

PRESS RELEASE Benue – Nigeria, August 17, 2021:  A joint team from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), and the Ministry of Defence Health Implementation Programme (NMOD-HIP) paid a courtesy visit to the Benue State Commissioner of Health, Dr. …

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Earth Networks and NiMet Announce Weather Services Partnership

A new nationwide early warning network with real-time lightning detection, severe storm nowcasting, and alerting will be deployed Lagos––Earth Networks, a global provider of weather intelligence, announced on Wednesday it formed a partnership with the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet). The agreement includes a five-year collaboration to build the Nigeria Total Lightning and Mesoscale AWS Network …

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U.S. Donates Five Million Insecticide-treated Bed Nets to Control Malaria in Oyo State

Ibadan – On August 16, 2021, the U.S. government, through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), donated five million bed nets to Nigeria’s Oyo State as part of a national campaign to provide enough nets for every Nigerian to be protected from the deadly disease every night. The life-saving nets will reach all 33 local government areas …

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USAID Supports Revitalization of Primary Health Care in Nigeria’s Capital Territory

Abuja – On August 12, 2021, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Dr. Anne E. Patterson joined the Minister of State for Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Hajia Ramatu Tijani Aliyu to inaugurate a new primary health care Steering Committee that will help the FCT Administration improve access and delivery of primary health …

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20 Fashion Designers Selected for Prestigious International Visitors Leadership Program

Lagos––Twenty emerging, mid-career Nigerian fashion designers have been selected to participate in the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP), the premier professional exchange program of the U.S. Department of State.    The virtual IVLP project titled, “Promoting Economic Growth and Trade in the Fashion Industry,” will offer a professional and cultural exchange opportunity on topics including …

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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Arrives in Nigeria for Maritime Security Engagement

Lagos–– Officers assigned to the Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) participated in a maritime interoperability planning event with leaders from the Nigerian Navy, Aug 7. Hershel “Woody” Williams is scheduled to participate in a three-day at sea training exercise with Nigerian offshore patrol vessels and members of Ghana’s Special Boat Squadron …

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U.S.-FUNDED LEGAL ANALYSIS AIMS TO END ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE

The. U.S. Embassy in partnership with the Africa Nature Investors Foundation (ANI) and Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) launched the groundbreaking resource,  Combating Wildlife Crime in Nigeria – An analysis of the Criminal Justice Legislative Framework . Honourable Minister of State for Environment Sharon Ikeazor, represented by National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency Director General Aliyu Jauro, chaired the launch. U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires Kathleen FitzGibbon welcomed participants to the event …

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USAID Launches New Activity to Counter Growing Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria

Abuja – On August 3, 2021, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Kathleen FitzGibbon, joined Nigerian Minister for Humanitarian Affairs Sadiya Umar Farouq representing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and Minister for Women’s Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, to ceremonially launch a four-year activity from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that will prevent and respond to gender-based violence …

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Keynote Address by Chargé d’Affaires Kathleen FitzGibbon MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership Activity Launch

His Excellency, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Honorable Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Honorable Minister of Health Honorable Minister of Justice His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Sokoto State His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State Representatives of Ministries, Departments and Agencies Partners, leaders in academia, professional bodies, …

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Chargé d’Affaires Kathleen FitzGibbon – Remarks for COVID-19 Vaccine Hand-Over at the Office of the Secretary of the Federation

Good Afternoon Dr. Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Members of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID19, Friends of the Media I am delighted to be here today and honored to welcome the arrival of 4 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, donated from the U.S. Government to the people of …

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The United States Donates 4 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to Nigeria

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja is pleased to announce the arrival in Nigeria of four million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as part of the United States’ global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.  At a hand-over ceremony, Chargé d’Affaires Kathleen FitzGibbon delivered the shipment to Secretary to the Government of the Federation and …

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U.S. Mission Visits Tolaram Group and the Lekki Deep Sea Port

Lagos—On Friday, July 30, the United States Consul General in Nigeria, Claire Pierangelo, led a delegation comprising representatives of the America Business Council and United States Consulate General Lagos to assess the Lagos Free Zone (LFZ) and under-construction Lekki Deep Sea Port.  The purpose of the visit was to review the benefits of the initiatives …

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Six Indicted in International Scheme to Defraud Qatari School Founder and then Launder over $1 Million in Illicit Proceeds

Nigerian National Known as ‘Hushpuppi’ Admits Money Laundering in School Financing Scam and Additional Cyber and Business Email Compromise Schemes LOS ANGELES – A federal grand jury indictment unsealed this week alleges an elaborate scheme to steal more than $1.1 million from a businessperson attempting to finance the construction of a school for children in …

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The United States Welcomes the Arrival of the A-29 Super Tucanos

Chargé d’Affaires Kathleen FitzGibbon joined Air Marshal Oladayo Isiaka Amao, the Nigerian Chief of Air Staff, and his leadership team, including: Air Vice Marshal Jackson Andrew Yusuf, Air Officer Commanding of Air Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Pam Chollom, Chief of Logistics, and Air Vice Marshal Precious Amadi, Base Commander, Nigerian Air Force Base, Kainji …

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USAID Launches Activity to Improve Sanitation and Reduce Waterborne Disease in Northwest Nigeria

Abuja – On July 15, 2021, the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) services activity to improve water resource management, increase access to proper sanitation, and encourage good hygiene behaviors in the Northwest states of Kebbi and Sokoto. The new USAID Improved Sustainability of Integrated WASH Services …

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U.S. Universities Offer $4.35 Million Scholarships to 30 Nigerian Students

Lagos— Thirty Opportunity Funds Program scholars of the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos have received fully-funded scholarships totaling $4.35 million to attend American universities and colleges for the 2021/2022 academic session.  Following a competitive selection process, the 30 high-achieving, low-income students received financial aid from the U.S. Consulate General that covered expenses involved in the college …

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Holiday Security Alert – Eid

Location:  Nigeria Date:  July 12, 2021 Event:  Holiday Security Alert  The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and Consulate General in Lagos remind U.S. citizens to exercise caution while traveling and residing in Nigeria around the upcoming holiday.  Crime is endemic throughout Nigeria, ranging from petty street crime to armed assaults and kidnapping for ransom, and crime …

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U.S. Army Special Forces Conclude Training With Nigeria Navy Special Boat Service

Lagos— On Thursday, 25 officers of the Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service completed a five-week Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) alongside a team of U.S. Army Special Forces. Throughout the JCET, the American military trainers and the Nigerian Navy ​special operations forces trained together on a broad range of land-based skills and tactics, such as countering improvised …

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USAID Launches New Activity to Support Children Orphaned or Made Vulnerable to HIV in Lagos

Lagos – On July 6, 2021, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Office Director for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis Helina Meri joined Lagos State First Lady Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu at the launch of a new activity designed to protect children and their households made vulnerable or orphaned by HIV and AIDS in Nigeria’s Lagos State as we fight the epidemic …

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U.S. Consulate Announces Application for 2021 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)

Lagos—The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos and Ascend Studios Foundation have partnered to implement the 2021 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a U.S. Government initiative that supports women entrepreneurs around the world, now in its third year. 200 participants will be selected from the 17 states of southern Nigeria for the 2021 cohort.  To support …

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USAID Launches New Activity to Prevent and Treat Complications from Obstetric Fistula in Nigeria

Abuja – On June 28, 2021, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard virtually joined Minister Women Affairs and Social Development Dame Pauline Tallen to launch a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported health activity that will prevent and repair complications from obstetric fistula, a debilitating condition arising during pregnancy and childbirth endured by countless …

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U.S. Consulate Opens Two Additional Windows on America in Enugu, Benin City

Lagos—The U.S. Consulate General has inaugurated two new Windows on America in Enugu and Benin City, as part of efforts to engage more Nigerian audiences in their local communities. Hosted at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus and Glass House, Airport Road, Benin City, the two new Windows on America will offer a full calendar …

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New Lassa Vaccine Trial in Nigeria

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) was awarded €22.8 million by the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to conduct a Phase IIb clinical trial of IAVI’s Lassa fever vaccine candidate among adults and children in Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.  The vaccine candidate uses a …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Nigeria is now offering both first and second doses of the two-dose AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to legal residents of Nigeria who are 18 years and older at all vaccination sites nationwide, effective immediately.  Photo IDs which prove Nigerian residency are required to issue cards and QR codes which will be needed for the second dose. Vaccinations will continue until …

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U.S. Embassy Abuja Partners Channels Academy to Train Conflict Reporters

The U.S. Embassy Abuja, in partnership with Channels Academy, has trained over 150 journalists on Conflict Reporting and Peace Journalism. In her opening remarks, the U.S. Embassy Spokesperson/Press Attaché Jeanne Clark noted that the United States recognized that security challenges exist in many forms throughout the country, and that journalists are confronted with the responsibility …

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Borno State Government and the United Nations host high-level donor visit in north-east Nigeria

23 June 2021, Maiduguri – The State Government of Borno and the United Nations (UN) hosted a high-level delegation of key partners during a one-day mission to Borno State today to highlight humanitarian and development priorities in north-east Nigeria. Delegates from Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United …

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FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Allocation Plan for 55 Million Doses to be Shared Globally

These doses are the remaining part of the 80 million President Biden pledged to allocate by the end of June Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing the distribution list for 55 million of the 80 million doses of America’s own vaccine supply President Biden has pledged to allocate by the end of June in service …

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Ambassador Leonard’s Keynote Speech at the International Albinism Awareness Day Celebration

Good afternoon! Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Governor of Plateau State, His Excellency Simon Lalong; Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Right Honorable Abok Izam; Chief Judge of Plateau State, Honorable Justice Yakubu Dakwak; Honorable Commissioners; heads of government agencies; civil societies; members of the …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria (June 11, 2021) – Nationwide Protests on Democracy Day

Location:  Nigeria Event:   Nationwide Protests on Democracy Day  Several groups have announced their intentions to protest nationwide on June 12, Democracy Day.  Police presence and response can be expected nationwide, including in Abuja where government events are scheduled to celebrate the national holiday and in Lagos where simultaneous protests are planned.   The likely locations …

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Nigeria’s Twitter Suspension

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON The United States condemns the ongoing suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government and subsequent threats to arrest and prosecute Nigerians who use Twitter.  The United States is likewise concerned that the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission ordered all television and radio broadcasters to cease using Twitter. Unduly restricting the ability of Nigerians to report, …

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Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard – Commissioning of Public Sanitation Facility at Kwali Market Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (ASSH) Grant

Good morning everyone! Thank you for joining us today as we recognize the hard work and dedication of your community as we celebrate and handover this project funded through the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program. The Self-Help program started in 1964 in Togo and quickly spread across Africa as a grass-roots assistance program that allows U.S. …

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Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard – Remarks at the Student Visa Day Celebration in Abuja

Good Afternoon.  It’s very exciting to welcome you back to the U.S. Embassy this afternoon.  I would like to start off by congratulating all Nigerian students who were accepted to schools in the United States this year.  But a special congratulations is in order to those of you celebrating here at the Embassy today.  You …

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Partners Joint Statement re Twitter Suspension

Joint Statement from the Diplomatic Missions Of Canada, The European Union (delegation to Nigeria), The Republic Of Ireland, The United Kingdom and The United States of America The diplomatic missions of Canada, the European Union (Delegation to Nigeria), the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America convey our disappointment over …

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U.S. Mission Nigeria Statement – Twitter Ban

Nigeria’s constitution provides for freedom of expression.  The Government’s recent #Twitterban undermines Nigerians’ ability to exercise this fundamental freedom and sends a poor message to its citizens, investors and businesses. Banning social media and curbing every citizen’s ability to seek, receive, and impart information undermines fundamental freedoms.  As President Biden has stated, our need for individual expression, open public conversation, and accountability has never been …

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USAID Supports U.S. University to Advance Education and Employment for Deaf Youth

Abuja – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a three-year, $2.05 million grant to Washington, DC-based Gallaudet University to support initiatives to advance education, employment, and life opportunities toward the empowerment of deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind children and youth in Nigeria. In collaboration with its partners, the Nigerian National Association of the Deaf …

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USAID Supports UNICEF to Improve Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for 300,000 in Northwest

Abuja –The U.S. Agency International Development (USAID) has awarded $10 million (N4.1 billion) over three years to UNICEF to support the Nigerian government’s initiative to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services in Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States in the Northwest. Known as Improving Sanitation, Hygiene and Safe Drinking Water in Northwest Nigeria, the activity …

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USAID Distributes 5.2 Million Storybooks to 157,000 Early Primary Grade Learners in Adamawa and Gombe

Gombe – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has supported the distribution of supplementary Hausa reading materials – Ina Son Karatu! (I Want to Read! in Hausa) – to 157,000 primary grade learners in Adamawa and Gombe states. The USAID Strengthening Education in Northeast Nigeria (SENSE) activity, implemented by the American University of Nigeria …

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Taiwan’s Exclusion from the World Health Assembly Undermines Global Health By U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard

Taiwan was incredibly effective at managing the COVID-19 pandemic and the world has an opportunity to learn from that experience at the May 25-June 1 World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva. If only inviting Taiwan were that easy. Taiwan unfortunately has been blocked from participating in critical international efforts to control the spread of diseases, …

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U.S. Ambassador Visits Sokoto and Kebbi States

Sokoto – From May 18-20, 2021 U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard and a delegation from the U.S. Mission met government leaders, private sector and civil society representatives in Sokoto and Kebbi to discuss bilateral relations between the United States and Nigeria, to exchange views on key issues such as security, health, education, economic development, and …

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U.S. Ambassador Joins Kebbi Governor to Launch New Partnership with WACOT Rice to Improve Food Security

Argungu — At a May 19 ceremony, U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard joined Kebbi State Executive Governor H.E. Sen. Abubakar Bagudu and private and public-sector stakeholders committed to ensuring food security in Nigeria to launch a new co-investment partnership between the USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub and the indigenous firm WACOT Rice. The …

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Transcript: Digital Press Briefing with Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations

SPECIAL BRIEFING VIA TELEPHONE AMBASSADOR LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE UNITED NATIONS MAY 18, 2021 Moderator: Good afternoon to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub. I would like to welcome our participants from across the continent, and thank all of you for taking part in this …

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USAID Distributes Nine Million Books to 7,900 Schools in Sokoto and Bauchi

Abuja  — On May 18, 2021, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) concluded its five-year education flagship activity — the Northern Education Initiative Plus (NEI Plus) that introduced a new local language early grade reading approach that was adopted by six Nigerian states. Implemented in close partnership with Bauchi and Sokoto states, and in …

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U.S. Department of State Julia Taft Refugee Fund Empowers Refugees in Cross River State

The U.S. Mission in Nigeria announces the successful completion of two projects under the 2020 Julia Taft Refugee Fund.  The projects were implemented in Cross River State by two local non-governmental organizations, Mediatrix Development Foundation (MDF) and Gender and Development Action (GADA), with the aim of providing technical skills to Cameroonian refugees.  The two organizations …

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U.S. Ambassador Visits Akwa Ibom State

Uyo – This week U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard and a delegation from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) led by Mission Director Anne Patterson visited Akwa Ibom. The Ambassador met Governor Udom Gabriel Emmanuel and other senior state officials, and toured hospital and HIV control facilities supported by USAID. With Governor Emmanuel, Ambassador …

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Belemaoil Donates Test Kits to Support USAID’s HIV/AIDS Eradication Efforts in Akwa Ibom

Uyo – On behalf of the U.S. government, Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard today accepted a donation of HIV rapid test kits from Belemaoil, a leading Nigerian oil and gas firm, to support activities by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to eradicate HIV and AIDS in Akwa Ibom State. The handover took place in …

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U.S. Announces Priority Appointments for Student Visa Applicants

Lagos––The U.S. Mission will prioritize student visa applicants and ensure Nigerian students resuming this Fall get visa interview appointments well in advance of their program start date. U.S. Mission Country Consular Coordinator Susan Tuller announced on Friday that the Embassy in Abuja and Consulate General in Lagos will make every effort to assist student visa …

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Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Roundtable Interview With Kenyan And Nigerian Journalists

April 27, 2021 Live Via Zoom Harry S Truman Building Washington, D.C. MR PRICE:  Good afternoon and good evening, everyone.  My name is Ned Price.  I’m the spokesperson here at the Department of State.  Thank you very much for joining us for this virtual roundtable discussion with Secretary Blinken.  As you know, this is an …

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U.S. Launches New $90 Million Malaria Control Effort in Eight Nigerian States

Abuja – On April 27, 2021 U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Anne Patterson joined Dr. Perpetua Uhomoibhi, Coordinator of Nigeria’s National Malaria Elimination Program to launch a new activity to control the country’s leading killer of children – malaria – in rural areas of eight vulnerable states. Over the next five years, …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Nigerian President Buhari and Foreign Minister Onyeama

Office of the Spokesperson The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary Antony J. Blinken met virtually today with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama.  They discussed the global economic recovery, Nigeria’s security challenges and regional security issues, the effort against COVID-19, and the effects of climate change in the Sahel …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Before Virtual Meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good morning.  Good afternoon, Mr. President. STAFF:  Good afternoon.  The president will be here – two seconds. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Minister, good to see you. FOREIGN MINISTER ONYEAMA:  Good to see you too, Secretary.  Excellent.  Looking well.  Congratulations also on your appointment and everything. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Thank you so much.  And so great to …

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken and YALI Alumni “10 Questions with Tony

Ms. Kenewendo:  A very good morning to you, Mr. Secretary.  We are very pleased to be with you this afternoon on our side, and I am being joined by several YALI alumni, so the Young African Leaders Initiative.  And they are all looking forward to engaging with you on how best we can strengthen U.S.-Africa …

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FACT SHEET: The United States and Nigeria: Strategic Partners

“We look forward to rejuvenating our partnership based on our shared values of democracy, respect for human rights, and robust people-to-people relations.” – Secretary Antony J. Blinken, March 1, 2021 Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on April 27 will participate in a virtual visit to Nigeria, where he will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari …

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FACT SHEET: Young African Leaders Initiative

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is the U.S. government’s signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.  Since 2010, YALI has graduated more than 24,000 alumni from the Mandela Washington Fellowship exchange program and its four Regional Leadership Centers (RLCs) located across the continent, while membership in the online YALI Network community …

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Acting Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Robert F. Godec On the Secretary’s Upcoming Virtual Travel to Kenya and Nigeria

April 26, 2021 Via Teleconference MR ICE:  Great, thank you.  Good afternoon, everybody, and thank you for joining us.  I’d like to welcome you now to this call previewing Secretary Blinken’s virtual trip to Africa, which will take place tomorrow. Just a quick reminder here at the top: This call is on the record, but …

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Secretary Blinken’s Virtual Travel to Africa – Statement by Ned Price, Spokesperson

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will embark tomorrow, April 27, on his first virtual trip to Africa, where he will visit Kenya and Nigeria and engage with young people from across the continent. Secretary Blinken will begin his virtual travel to Africa meeting with Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) alumni. In a “Ten Questions …

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U.S. EMBASSY ABUJA, NIGERIA GREEN STRIPE INITIATIVE PROGRAM

ABUJA, Nigeria— To commemorate World Earth Day on April 22, 2021, the U.S Embassy’s Green team, led by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard and Deputy Chief of Mission Kathleen FitzGibbon, visited the LEA Primary School in Gwarimpa to meet the 20 ECO-Scholars sponsored by the Embassy’s recycling program, plant trees, educate the children on the need …

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U.S. provides Household Equipment to Promote Resilience in HIV-Vulnerable Adamawa Families

Yola – On April 22, 2021, the Director of U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of HIV and TB Control, Rachel Goldstein, joined  Chief of staff to Adamawa State, Prof. Maxwell Michael Gidado, at a virtual ceremony to start distribution of equipment and machines to foster self-reliance among vulnerable households.  The donation of equipment …

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U.S. – CDC appoints new Country Director for Nigeria

The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Nigeria office will come under a new leadership, with the appointment of Dr. Mary Adetinuke Boyd, as the new Country Director. In her new role, Dr. Boyd will lead the Nigeria office, which is one of CDC’s largest country offices, and support CDC’s collective efforts in …

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U.S. Government Supports Additional 45,000 People Living with HIV in Oyo, Ondo States

Ibadan and Akure––The U.S. government will identify and place an additional 45,000 People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in Oyo and Ondo states on life-saving antiretroviral treatment as part of efforts to move Nigeria towards HIV epidemic control.     The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), administered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control …

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Statement from the President on the Beginning of Ramadan

Jill and I send our warmest greetings and best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world.  Ramadan Kareem.  As many of our fellow Americans begin fasting tomorrow, we are reminded of how difficult this year has been.  In this pandemic, friends and loved ones cannot yet gather together in celebration …

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USAID Launches $3 million Grants to Support Food Security Challenge in Nigeria

Application  Opens April 12 to May 9, to youth-led and mid-stage companies  Abuja – On April 12, 2021, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Nigeria launched a COVID-19 Food Security Challenge that will provide $3 million in grant funding and technical assistance to youth-led and mid-stage companies working in food value chains in …

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Visa Fraud Alert

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria is drawing the general public’s attention to a fake “press release” claiming to offer a new type of work visa to Nigerians. Scammers and fraudsters circulate this phoney information that the new work visa applies to Nigerian citizens aged 40-55.   The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and Consulate in Lagos …

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USAID Launches New $33 Million Activity to Enhance Civil Society Advocacy in Nigeria

Abuja – On March 30, 2021, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new activity that promises to enhance the ability of Nigeria’s civil society and business membership organizations (CSOs and BMOs) to influence policies and reforms across the most critical service sectors. The five-year, $32.9 million Strengthening Civic Advocacy and Local Engagement …

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US – CDC accelerates HIV epidemic control in Nigeria

Abuja: Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, through U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to help the Government of Nigeria to accelerate efforts toward HIV/AIDS epidemic control. A scientific article titled  Rapid Scale-up of an Antiretroviral Therapy Program Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic — Nine States, Nigeria, March 31, 2019–September 30, 2020 , released this Thursday, March 26, in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), published by the …

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USAID Goes ‘State 2 State’ with $72 Million In New Assistance to Strengthen Governance

Abuja — On March 24, 2021, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new State Accountability, and Effectiveness (State2State) Activity to strengthen subnational governance systems in six key states across Nigeria. The five-year, $72 million State2State Activity helps improve how these states plan and budget, raise revenues, increase civil society participation, and oversee …

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USTDA Supports Clean Energy Access, Women’s Entrepreneurship in Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency announced a grant to Nigeria’s Sosai Renewable Energies Company for a feasibility study to connect more than 200,000 women, farmers, and rural citizens to new solar-powered minigrids in Kaduna, Kogi and Plateau states. “USTDA is committed to promoting inclusive economic development, and bringing clean energy solutions …

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U.S. Signs MOU with Natural Gas Giant NLNG to Control Malaria on Bonny Island

Abuja – Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG), a global producer of liquefied natural gas, today signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with two U.S. government development agencies to make Bonny Island malaria-free and achieve HIV epidemic control.  NLNG is based on the island just off the Atlantic coast in Rivers State. Under the MOU, the United …

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USAID Announces $168.5 Million in New Assistance to Nigeria Under Development Objectives Agreement

Abuja – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently announced notification of an additional $168.5 million in development assistance to continue support for the goals outlined in a 2015 bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Nigerian governments. This funding increases the total U.S. assistance to the Nigerian people to $2.16 billion under the five-year …

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U.S. Ambassador assures Governor Lalong of support towards HIV epidemic control in Plateau State

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), is supporting the Plateau Government to implement an Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) Surge program to accelerate progress to reach HIV epidemic control. On March 17, 2021, U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard led a U.S. delegation on a …

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Global Fund Launch Goodwill Message from the U.S. Embassy Nigeria Deputy Chief of Mission, Kathleen FitzGibbon

Your excellency, President Buhari, the Honorable Minister of Health, and colleagues, permit me to stand on existing protocols. It is an honor to join you to celebrate the 17 years of partnership between the Nigeria and The Global Fund. The U.S. government applauds The Global Fund for its allocation of $890 million to the people …

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U.S Mission, Exchange Alumni Advocate More Inclusion for Women in Leadership and Governance

Port Harcourt—On Tuesday, U.S. Embassy Counselor for Public Affairs, Mr. Aruna Amirthanayagam, joined the Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Professor Stephen Okodudu, and the Rivers State Chapter of the U.S. Government Exchange Alumni Association to commemorate the 2021 Women’s History Month in Port Harcourt.    In his opening remarks, Counselor Amirthanayagam …

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United States Mission in Nigeria Prioritizes Immigrant Visa Applicants Refused Under Presidential Proclamation 9983

On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation titled “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.” This ended the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 that had suspended entry into the United States of certain nationals, based on visa type, from various countries to include Nigeria. In Nigeria, this …

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U.S.-Funded Program Advances Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking in Nigeria

Lagos––From March 9-10, Nigerian judicial officers, prosecutors, and law enforcement officials participated in a U.S.-funded retreat in Lagos focused on improving the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, …

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Routine Message to U.S. Citizens: RESUMPTION OF FULL NOTARY SERVICES

Location:  Nigeria Date:  March 9, 2021 Event:  Resumption of all Notary Services The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will resume operations for all notarial services beginning Monday, March 15, 2021.  Notary services are available to all U.S. passport holders and foreign nationals for documents destined to be used in the United States.  The …

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READOUT: Secretary Blinken’s Call with Nigerian Foreign Minister Onyeama

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Secretary Blinken’s Call with Nigerian Foreign Minister Onyeama The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama to highlight the importance that the United States places on our relationship with Nigeria.  Secretary Blinken outlined a …

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New USAID Adolescent Health Activity To Benefit Two Million Urban Youth

Abuja – On February 24, 2021, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the new activity designed to empower as many as two million young Nigerians with life skills and resources to realize their futures. The five-year, $15 million Youth-powered Ecosystem to Advance Urban Adolescent Health Project (Adolescent Health) will help teens access reproductive …

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U.S. Africa Command leadership visits Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria–U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, wrapped up a three-day West African visit Feb. 22-25 with a stop in Nigeria yesterday to meet with the nation’s leaders and further the long-standing partnership and security cooperation between the two nations. During the visit, Townsend met with the Nigerian President’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim …

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U.S. Embassy Partners with Correctional Information Management Systems of the Nigeria Correctional Service

(Abuja, Nigeria) The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office of the U.S. Embassy has donated equipment to support the Correctional Information Management Systems of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS).  Acting Controller General of Nigeria Correctional Services, John Mmrabure, received the equipment presented by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard. Noting that the equipment donation was the first …

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USAID launches Human Resources for Health Activity

‘Health Workforce Management’ will train 100,000 by 2025 Abuja – On February 23, 2021, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Health Office Director Paul McDermott and key government health sector officials participated in a launch of a new USAID funded activity to improve the quality of health worker training in Nigeria. The five-year, $19 …

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USAID Support Buoys Peace Building Between Rival Farmers and Herders in Taraba State

Abuja — On February 17, 2021, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with a coalition of international and local partners, successfully concluded a community-driven conflict mitigation intervention to restore peaceful coexistence among farmers and herders in vulnerable communities of Nigeria. Called Engaging Local Actors to Promote Peaceful Coexistence among Farmers and Herders …

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U.S. Donates Critical Diagnostic Equipment to Nigeria’s Tuberculosis Control Program

Abuja – In the closing days of 2020, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provided critical commodities to Nigeria’s National Tuberculosis (TB) and Leprosy Control Program for the testing and diagnosis of more than 10,000 patients suspected of having the disease. The donation of 86,500 “GeneXpert Ultra” cartridges will help Nigerian health workers to …

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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE STATEMENT ON THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION

Washington, DC –   The United States takes note of today’s decision by the Republic of Korea’s Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee to withdraw her candidacy for Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).  The Biden-Harris Administration is pleased to express its strong support for the candidacy of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the next Director General of …

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INL Office of the U.S. Embassy Donates Protective Gear and Equipment to Nigeria Police Force, Borno State Mobile Patrol Division

(Abuja) The office of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) of the U.S. Embassy has donated equipment valued over $325,000 to the Nigerian Police. The equipment will aid in counter-insurgency operations in the northeast and restore civilian authority in areas affected by the Boko Haram insurgency. INL Director James Jewett presented the equipment to …

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USAID Launches New Early Grade Learning Book in Local Languages for Southern Nigeria

Igbo and Yoruba Curricula Join Successful Hausa Program in North Abuja – On January 28, 2021, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council jointly launched  the new Igbo and Yoruba early grade reading materials entitled Ka anyi gụo! and Jẹ ká kawe! respectively.   These resources expand the …

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DCM’s Remarks for the Joint Stakeholders Dialogue on TIP and SOM

Good morning.  I’d like to thank NAPTIP and the Nigerian Immigration Service for inviting the U.S. Mission Nigeria to be part of your Joint Stakeholders Dialogue on trafficking in persons and migrant smuggling.  In November, we participated in NAPTIP’s Five Year Planning Conference and was encouraged by the level of representation in the room from …

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COVID-19 Field Hospital Donation Affirms U.S. Commitment to Continued Partnership with Nigeria

On January 22, 2021 Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard joined Honorable Minister of State for Health, Dr. Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, to commission a mobile field hospital donated by the United States Government to help Nigeria’s effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The field hospital is located at the Federal Medical Center, in Jabi, Abuja. The …

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U.S. Launches Air-Quality Monitors to Track Pollution In Lagos, Abuja

Lagos- U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard on Monday unveiled the U.S. Consulate General’s reference-grade Air Quality Monitor, effectively linking Nigeria to air quality index information and health messaging from the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA). The monitor supplies data to the ZephAir app, which is free to download on Apple and Google Play …

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Remarks by Ambassador Leonard – COVID-19 Mobile Field Hospital Commissioning Ceremony

January 22, 202 • The Honorable Minister of State for Health, Dr.  Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora • The Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Health, Abdulaziz Mashi Abdullahi • The Director General, Nigeria Center for Disease Control, (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekwazu • The Chairman of Board, Federal Medical Center, Jabi, Dr. Alex Tosan Ideh • The Chief …

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Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs

Location: Worldwide – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19. Event:  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and …

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U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Takes Military Cooperation to New Heights  

U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Takes Military Cooperation to New Heights   U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett visited Abuja January 4 – 5, 2021, where she met members of the National Assembly and senior military officials at the Ministry of Defence.  Secretary Barrett’s visit highlighted the positive trajectory of the military cooperation between …

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Looking Back on 2020 with a sense of optimism toward 2021

By Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard   I was proud to arrive in Nigeria and begin my third ambassadorial posting last November.  2020 will long be remembered as the year of the pandemic COVID-19, and we will look back and honor the lives of the more than 1.5 million people worldwide who lost their lives to this vicious pandemic.  2020 also marked 60 years of bilateral …

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The United States Condemns the Kidnapping of Students in Kankara, Nigeria

The United States condemns the violent kidnapping of over 300 boys from the Government Secondary Science School in Kankara, Katsina State on December 11. We offer our sincere sympathies to the families of the missing students and the security guard killed in the attack. School should be a safe place where children can learn and …

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Passing of Nigerian Ambassador to the United States

Office of the Spokesperson We are saddened by the passing on December 10 of His Excellency Sylvanus Nsofor, Ambassador of Nigeria to the United States, and offer our sincere condolences to his family and all those who worked with him.  Ambassador Nsofor was an important and influential member of the diplomatic community in Washington, D.C. …

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U.S. Boosts Nigeria’s Maritime Security with New Surveillance Equipment

Lagos––The United States on Friday donated a shipment of maritime security equipment worth One Hundred and Eighty Thousand Dollars to the Nigerian Navy, to upgrade the anti-piracy and nautical security functions of the country’s Regional Maritime Awareness Capability (RMAC). The donation comprises a selection of best-in-class sensors and radars, communications and networking equipment, thermal-imaging cameras …

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United States Takes Action Against Violators of Religious Freedom

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Religious freedom is an unalienable right, and the bedrock upon which free societies are built and flourish. Today, the United States – a nation founded by those fleeing religious persecution, as the recent Commission on Unalienable Rights report noted – once again took action to defend those who simply want to exercise this …

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Routine Message to U.S. Citizens: Passport Validity During Holiday Travel

Location:  Nigeria Date:  November 9, 2020 Event:  Passport Validity During Holiday Travel As the holiday season approaches, U.S. citizens should ensure their passports have at least six months remaining validity beyond their planned date of departure from Nigeria. Please note that U.S. citizens, including dual nationals, must use a U.S. passport to enter and leave …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Georgia Senate Runoff Election

Location:  Nigeria Date:  December 4, 2020 Event:  Georgia Senate Runoff Election U.S. citizens who are registered Georgia voters may submit their sealed, completed ballots for the Senate runoff election at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or the U.S. Consulate in Lagos.  Georgia voters must submit their completed ballots no later than December 23, 2020.  The …

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Visa Reciprocity Fees Removed for Nigeria

(Abuja) Effective December 2, 2020, the reciprocity schedule for Nigeria changed to remove all reciprocity fees for nonimmigrant visa categories.  There are no reciprocity fees remaining on any visa class for Nigerian nationals.   All non-immigrant visa applicants are still required to pay the $160 non-refundable MRV fee at the time of application. Reciprocity fees paid …

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Remarks by Ambassador Leonard During the World AIDS Day Event Hosted by the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA)

Abuja – On behalf of the entire U.S. Mission to Nigeria, I am delighted to join you today to celebrate World AIDS Day 2020.  Every year we gather to celebrate people living with HIV/AIDS, remember those who have passed on due to the disease, and thank those who continue to work tirelessly to bring this …

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USAID Launches ‘EatSafe’ Activity to Help Improve Nutrition in Nigeria’s Kebbi State

Abuja – On December 3, 2020, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new Consumer Food Safety Evidence and Learning Platform, known as Evidence and Action Toward Safe, Nutritious Food (EatSafe), which will support Nigeria in improving food security, safety, nutrition, and resilience, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nigeria will …

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IHS Nigeria Helps USAID Fight HIV/AIDS With Donation of Test Kits in Bayelsa State

Yenagoa – On December 2, 2020, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Telecoms infrastructure giant IHS Nigeria donated 70,000 rapid test kits to the Bayelsa state government in support of the state’s efforts to eradicate the HIV/AIDS epidemic and improve healthcare. The contribution from IHS Nigeria, a subsidiary of IHS Towers, an international …

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USAID Welcomes New Mission Director to Nigeria

Abuja – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently welcomed Dr. Anne E. Patterson as Mission Director. Dr. Patterson manages the Agency’s $481 million annual bilateral portfolio in Nigeria focused on improving the health and education of the Nigerian people, advancing good governance, mitigating conflict, and promoting economic development. She also oversees an annual …

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WORLD AIDS DAY 2020

December 1, 2020 – Every year on December 1 we commemorate World AIDS Day. This year, the U.S. Mission recognizes and honors those we have lost to HIV/AIDS and the resiliency of those who fight for epidemic control in Nigeria. The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day is ‘Resiliency in HIV programming in the …

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U.S. Condemns Attack in Borno State

November 30, 2020 – The United States condemns in the strongest terms the November 28 violent attack in Borno, Nigeria.  The United States offers our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed or kidnapped. These abhorrent attacks are a stark reminder of why the United States stands with the Nigerian government and …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Kathleen FitzGibbon Remarks at NAPTIP Five Year Planning Conference

Good morning/afternoon. I’d like to thank NAPTIP for inviting us to be part of your planning session today.  From 2002-2004, I was fortunate to be a member of the then-newly-created Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the Department of State. This multi-disciplinary office has grown exponentially, which is a sign of the …

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U.S. Donates 3.6 Million Insecticide-treated Bed Nets to Control Malaria in Benue State

Nigeria notified of $48.5 million in new funding through PMI Makurdi – On November 13, 2020, the U.S. government, through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), donated 3.6 million bed nets to Nigeria’s Benue State as part of a national campaign to provide enough nets for every Nigerian to be protected from the deadly disease every night.  …

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Readout of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Meeting on West Africa

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Today, the United States and Nigeria convened a virtual meeting with members of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and representatives of West African states and relevant regional organizations to discuss the threat of ISIS in West Africa and ways the Coalition can contribute to collective efforts …

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Message from Secretary Pompeo on the 245th Anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps

On behalf of the Department of State and all our employees serving overseas and here at home, I wish the United States Marine Corps congratulations on your 245th birthday. During these trying times, I want to thank all the Marines serving as Marine Security Guards and those Marines who continue to support our embassies and …

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U.S. Mission Proudly Supports the Virtual Nigeria Tech Summit

(Abuja) The U.S. Mission in Nigeria is pleased to announce its partnership with the Nigeria Tech Summit.  The Embassy will continue its commitment to Nigerian entrepreneurs to empower and lead during a time of crisis with resilient entrepreneurship and technology. As part of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria’s on-going efforts to promote entrepreneurship and economic …

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MEDIA NOTE: Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Meeting on ISIS Threats in West Africa

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson The United States and Nigeria look forward to convening a virtual meeting with members of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS on November 10 to affirm the Coalition’s commitment to countering the threat of ISIS and its branches worldwide, including in West Africa, and to supporting ongoing …

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Handover of AFRICOM-Supported COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment

(Abuja, Nigeria)  The United States Department of Defense (DoD), through the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), provided personal protective equipment (PPE) worth $144,000 to support COVID-19 prevention in military and civilian medical facilities in Lagos, Kano, Akwa-Ibom, and Cross River States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The ceremonial PPE handover to the Nigerian military took place …

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Routine Message to U.S. Citizens: RESUMPTION OF CRBA SERVICES

Location:  Nigeria Date:  November 4, 2020 Event:  Resumption of CRBA Services The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will resume accepting applications for the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) on Monday, November 16.  Please see below for details on the status of CRBA, passport, and notary services.  As we …

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Statement From the President On Last Night’s Hostage Rescue

Last night, at my direction, the United States military conducted a successful operation to rescue an American hostage in Nigeria, kidnapped just 96 hours earlier. United States Special Forces executed a daring nighttime operation to rescue their fellow American with exceptional skill, precision, and bravery. No United States Service Members were harmed. The former hostage is currently in good health and has been reunited with his …

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Statement By Secretary Michael R. Pompeo – U.S. Rescues American Held Hostage in Nigeria

The United States is committed to the safe return of all U.S. citizens taken captive.  We delivered on that commitment late last night in Nigeria, where some of our bravest and most skilled warriors rescued a U.S. citizen after a group of armed men took him hostage across the border in Niger. Thanks to the …

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Statement by Jonathan Hoffman, Chief Pentagon Spokesman, on Hostage Rescue Operation in Northern Nigeria

Statement by Jonathan Hoffman, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs: “U.S. forces conducted a hostage rescue operation during the early hours of 31 October in Northern Nigeria to recover an American citizen held hostage by a group of armed men. This American citizen is safe and is now in the care of …

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Transcript – Digital Press Briefing About the U.S. Government Prosper Africa Initiative

SPECIAL BRIEFING VIA TELEPHONE VICTORIA WHITNEY, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO) FOR PROSPER AFRICA Moderator:   Good afternoon to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub.  I would like to welcome our participants from across the continent and thank all of you for taking part in this discussion.  Today we are very pleased …

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Counselor Brechbühl’s Travel to Nigeria

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Counselor T. Ulrich Brechbühl visited Abuja, Nigeria from October 19 to October 23.  Counselor Brechbühl’s delegation included Assistant Secretary Robert Destro from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and Assistant Secretary Dr. Denise Natali from the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.  The delegation travelled …

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USAID Provides $136.5 Million in New Support as Funding Under Seven-Year Development Agreement Nears $2 Billion

Assistance will go toward HIV Control, Peace & Security, and Water Abuja – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently announced additional development assistance of $136.5 million (NGN 52 billion) to continue its support to Nigeria under a bilateral Development Objectives Assistance Agreement (DOAG) with the United States signed in 2015. With this most …

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Read-Out: Counselor Brechbühl’s Meeting with Nigerian Vice President Osinbajo

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Counselor T. Ulrich Brechbühl met with Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo today in Abuja, Nigeria as part of a previously scheduled delegation, which included Assistant Secretary Robert Destro and Assistant Secretary Denise Natali, to raise U.S. concerns about ongoing violence in Nigeria, human rights, religious freedom, and trafficking in persons, and …

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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO – Ongoing Protests in Nigeria

The United States strongly condemns the use of excessive force by military forces who fired on unarmed demonstrators in Lagos, causing death and injury.  We welcome an immediate investigation into any use of excessive force by members of the security forces.  Those involved should be held to account in accordance with Nigerian law. The right …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria (October 21, 2020) – Ongoing Protests Throughout Nigeria

Location:  Nigeria Date:  October 21, 2020 Event:  Continued Protests Demonstrations continue across Nigeria.  Some protests have become violent, and there have been incidents of property destruction.  There are also reports of increases in security force presence and intervention in multiple locations throughout the country, including Abuja, Lagos, and other major cities. There were multiple reports …

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Message for American Citizens – Demonstration Alert

Location:  Nigeria Date:  October 20, 2020 Event:  Ongoing Protests Multiple demonstrations are ongoing across Nigeria – to include areas within the consular districts of Abuja and Lagos.  Although most demonstrations are peaceful, some have become violent and have shut down major thoroughfares and bridges.  Some police stations have been targeted.  Lagos State closed all schools …

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Routine Message to U.S. Citizens: General Elections are 15 Days Away

The U.S. Presidential Election will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2020. In some states, the deadline to register and/or request a ballot was October 5th.  Please check the Federal Voter Assistance Program’s website for information about your state’s deadline for voter registration and ballot request. If you have already completed a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2020 and requested electronic delivery of your ballot, …

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Upcoming Elections in Africa

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is committed to supporting free, fair, inclusive elections. The conduct of elections is important not only for Africans, but also for defenders of democracy around the world. We believe all sides should participate peacefully in the democratic process. Repression and intimidation have no place in democracies. The right to peaceful …

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Routine Message to U.S. Citizens: General Elections are almost 30 days away – Register, Vote, Send!

DISSEMINATING ACCURATE INFORMATION ABOUT OVERSEAS VOTING U.S. citizens can vote from wherever they are—including Nigeria!  Now is the time to start thinking about overseas voting.  If you have never voted while overseas before, it’s not too late.   Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about voting from abroad. Q:  Should I …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Upcoming Elections in Ondo State

The United States urges all stakeholders to continue to work toward free, fair, transparent, and peaceful elections in Ondo State.  We reiterate our hope that all participants in the democratic process, including the INEC, political parties, and the security services, will take concrete steps to ensure a peaceful election that reflects the will of the …

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The Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Independence Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Embassy Statement on Concluded 2020 Edo State Governorship Election

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

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

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

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission in Nigeria

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

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Imposing Visa Restrictions on Nigerians Responsible for Undermining the Democratic Process

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USAID Partners with Lagos State to Develop New Electrification Plan

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

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

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

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

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

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Health Alert:  U.S. Mission Nigeria

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

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Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Nigerian Foreign Minister Onyeama

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

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

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

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The United States Condemns the Brazen Killings of Civilians in Nigeria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Commemoration of PEPFAR’s 17th Anniversary in Nigeria

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

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Urgent Information For Visa Applicants Regarding Novel Coronavirus

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

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

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

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Health Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria

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

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

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

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

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

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Health Alert: U.S. Mission Nigeria

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

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

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

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

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

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Return of Stolen Assets to the Nigerian People

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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U.S. Health and Humanitarian Aid

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

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

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

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IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR U.S. CITIZENS

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

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

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

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

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IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR U.S. CITIZENS

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

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

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

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

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

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Closure of American Spaces

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

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Consular Notice – Routine Nonimmigrant Visa Appointments Cancelled

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

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

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

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

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

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Opening Ceremony of the American Space Abuja

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

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

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

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2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USAID Partners with Delta to Improve WASH

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

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Embassy Statement – Honoring Humanitarians, Condemning Violence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Embassy Abuja Participates in America Recycles Day National Campaign

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

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

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

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Embassy Statement – Kogi, Bayelsa States Gubernatorial Elections

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

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

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

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

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

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Security Alert – Potential Violence in Kogi State

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

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Security Alert – Foreigners Working in Conflict-Affected Areas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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US Military training increases Nigeria Air Force Personnel Medical Evacuation Capabilities

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

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Commemoration of 2019 Cyber Security Awareness Month

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

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

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

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U.S. Consul General Welcomes 2019 Mandela Washington Fellows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USTDA Expands Its Support for Nigeria’s Energy Sector

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

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

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

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U.S. Consulate Launches Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nigerian Selected for Prestigious International Writing Program

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

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate Lagos, Nigeria

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

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USAID Presents ISO Quality Control Certification to NAFDAC Laboratory

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