USAID Launches New Activity to Empower Deaf in Nigeria Through Sign Language Based Education

Abuja  — On September 23, 2021, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Mission Director Katie Donohoe, together with officials from Gallaudet University, the Nigerian National Association of the Deaf ( NNAD ), and other partners launched a new activity to empower deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind children and youth through education, employment, and …

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U.S. Conducts a Senior Leaders’ Seminar for Nigerian Air Force

From September 13 through September 17, the U.S. Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) traveled to Nigeria to conduct a Senior Leaders’ Seminar.  This training course was designed to introduce Nigerian Air Force commanders to advanced topics in operational decision making, including a focus on improving civilian harm mitigation efforts in future military operations. …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ambassador Leonard’s Virtual Remarks at USTDA Telecoms Grant Signing

Good afternoon and welcome to this grant signing between the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, USTDA, and two Nigerian telecommunications entities – ipNX and Aldreda Fields. It is a pleasure for me to be here with Todd Abrajano, USTDA’s Chief Operating Officer and Head of Agency, to announce these two grant awards for important projects …

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

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

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

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

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USAID Presents ISO Quality Control Certification to NAFDAC Laboratory

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

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U.S. Navy Band Thrills Nigerian Audiences

Lagos— For the second time this year, “Topside,” a brass band of the United States Naval Forces Europe, visited Nigeria from July 28-30 to bolster the U.S.-Nigerian relationship through the power of music. Whether it was “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “Stand By Me,” “Lion Sleeps Tonight,” or “Water No Get Enemy,” the high-energy performances of …

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U.S. Embassy to Send Five Nigerian IDP Youth on a Sports Visitors Program in the United States

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria is sending five young Nigerian football (soccer) talents currently residing in Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDP) camps and their chaperon to participate in a U.S. State Department sponsored Sports Visitor program from August 1-19, 2019. The five participants, three male and two female, were selected from IDP camps in Benue and …

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U.S. Signs Declaration of Partnership with Nigeria to Improve Food Security

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U.S. Universities Offer $7.5m in Scholarships to Nigerian Students

Lagos—More than 303 Nigerian students from the 17 states of southern Nigeria have received no less than $7.5 million in full or partial scholarships from 225 American universities and colleges to study in the United States for the 2019-2020 academic session. Acting United States Consul General Osman Tat disclosed this in Lagos on Tuesday during …

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Prosper Africa – Initiative to Boost Trade and Investment Between the U.S. and Africa

The new Prosper Africa initiative reflects the U.S. government’s belief that open and transparent economies should determine the future of African countries.   On his recent trip to Sudan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and South Africa, U.S. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy stressed that the US wants to be Africa’s trade and investment partner. He explained …

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U.S. Reaches 4.2 Million People with Bed Nets in Cross River State

Calabar, Nigeria – The United States reached more than 4.2 million people in over 4,000 communities in Cross River state with 2.3 million long lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) over the last two months as part of its comprehensive effort to control malaria across Nigeria.  The Cross River state government acknowledged this milestone at a dissemination …

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Rivers State Governor Abolishes health facility user-fees for persons living with HIV following U.S. Government advice

Port-Harcourt- July 26, 2019: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, announced on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, that the state has abolished health facility user-fees for persons living with HIV as advocated by the U.S. Government. The Governor stated that Rivers State Government would take over payments in all their public health facilities. This action will …

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

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

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New USAID ‘Integrated Health Program’ Will Help Save Lives Among the Most Vulnerable Nigerians

Abuja – On June 18, the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new flagship health activity that will help five states in Nigeria improve access to primary health care services, essential commodities, and increase demand for services. The five-year, $225 million Integrated Health Program (IHP) will be implemented in Bauchi, Kebbi and …

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PEPFAR Heroes Awards

On June 10, 2019, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – Nigeria Program – honored and gave awards to 16 nominated individuals that have made momentous contributions to the epidemic control of HIV in Nigeria. The event took place at the NAF Officer’s Mess and Suites, Kado, Abuja. The awardees are Professor Babatunde …

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U.S. Department of State commemorates Africa Day

This Saturday marks Africa Day, the annual commemoration of the founding of the Organization of African Unity, now the African Union.  In the 56 years since the AU was formed, the continent has made significant democratic and economic strides.  We reaffirm our unwavering commitment to the AU’s vision for a free and prosperous continent, and …

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

Abuja – Over the last four years, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Engaging Communities for Peace in Nigeria (ECPN) activity has worked to promote peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders in Nigeria’s Middle Belt states. Implemented by Mercy Corps, ECPN has helped rural communities in Nassawara and Benue states that have …

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Nigeria’s Minister of Health Launches New USAID-supported Health Facility Registry

Abuja – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently joined Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, to launch the Master Facility List and the Health Facility Registry to improve the quality of health data and health service delivery across the country. The USAID-funded Registry will serve as a vital resource for the country, …

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USAID Signs New Partnership with Health Ministry to Fight Tuberculosis in Nigeria

Abuja – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has signed a partnership with Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health to embrace a new business model to fight tuberculosis (TB). Nigeria’s political commitment to the “Global Accelerator to End Tuberculosis” will update the two countries’ partnership to meet the United Nations’ new TB targets as agreed …

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U.S. Leader Lauds Partnership between NMOD and U.S. Army to Improve Health of Nigerians

Abuja, May 14, 2019 – U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for West Africa and Security Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs, Whitney Baird and Mrs. Olu Mustapha, representing the Permanent Secretary for Defence, visited the Defense Reference Laboratory (DRL) of the Nigerian Ministry of Defense (NMOD) in Mogadishu Cantonment to view firsthand the strong partnership between the …

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Indefinite Suspension of “Dropbox” Process for Renewals

Effective at the close of business today, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, the U.S. Mission to Nigeria is indefinitely suspending interview waivers for renewals, otherwise known as the “Dropbox” process.  Visa applications will no longer be accepted by DHL in Nigeria.  Those who have already submitted their passports via “Dropbox” to DHL for processing either at …

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Arrest of U.S. Defendant Muhammad Khalid KHAN

On April 28, 2019, the United States (U.S.) Department of Justice with the resounding assistance of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Justice – Attorney General Abubakar Malami, prosecutors from the Central Authority Unit (CAU), and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) under the leadership of Chairman Chief Executive Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd), successfully …

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56 Young Nigerians to attend 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria will send 56 young Nigerians to participate in the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship program for six weeks from June 17 to August 1.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  It is composed of academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.  Five out …

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Former CNN Journalist Visits Lagos for Week-Long World Press Freedom Day Activities

Lagos––Professor Jennifer Thomas, former CNN producer and current Assistant Professor of Broadcast Journalism at Howard University in Washington, DC will visit Lagos from April 29 to May 3rd to help the United States Consulate General mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day. At CNN, Professor Thomas played a vital role in the network’s coverage of …

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USAID Partners with the American University of Nigeria to Boost Education in Ravaged Northeast

University partnership will help strengthen basic education for 200,000 students Yola – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a new education activity in collaboration with the American University of Nigeria (AUN) to re-establish basic education in the conflict-ravaged areas in northeastern Adamawa and Gombe states. Under a three-year, $13.3 million agreement, AUN will collaborate …

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USAID Launches Agribusiness Investment Activity To Promote Private Sector Investment in Agriculture

New ‘Feed the Future’ initiative will strengthen Nigeria’s business enabling environment to boost private sector investment in select agribusiness value chains  Abuja – Under a new contract with Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), an international agricultural development organization, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently launched the new Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity. This activity aims …

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U.S. Applauds Edo State’s Integrated Anti-Human Trafficking Framework

Benin City––U.S.  Chargé d’ Affaires David Young on Tuesday visited Edo State, where he met with government leaders, traditional rulers and civil society representatives with a view to understanding the socio-economic factors that perpetuate trafficking in persons in the state and the multi-faceted efforts being used to eradicate it. Speaking during a courtesy call on …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Nigeria’s Ongoing Elections

The United States once again congratulates the Nigerian people’s commitment to the democratic process throughout the election season.  The United States supports a democratic process where the will of the Nigerian people is reflected in the results.  As long-time friends of Nigeria, we continue to follow closely the still ongoing elections.  We do not have a preferred …

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Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) reveals progress and critical gaps in ending the HIV epidemic

March 14, 2019 – Abuja, Nigeria. His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, formally unveiled the findings of the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) and launched the Revised National HIV and AIDS Strategic Framework 2019-2021, which will form the future response to the country’s epidemic. The NAIIS revealed Nigeria …

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

Lagos––On Thursday, senior leaders from the U.S. Africa Command and the Nigerian Navy, representatives of maritime forces from the Gulf of Guinea, Europe, North and South America, as well as regional and international organizations, gathered in Lagos for the opening ceremony of the 2019 Obangame Express. Now in its ninth year, Obangame Express is an …

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

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

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Statement by U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington on the Nigerian Elections

I congratulate the tens of millions of Nigerians who stood patiently in long lines to vote this week and the hundreds of thousands who worked together with INEC to conduct the elections. As noted by many observer groups in their preliminary reports, this election was predominantly peaceful, and it was proof of the Nigerian people’s …

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Statement on the Postponement of the Nigerian Elections

The U.S. Embassy fully supports the joint statement by the heads of the ECOWAS and other international election observation missions on the postponement of the February 16 Nigerian elections. We join in encouraging all Nigerians to ensure a free, fair, peaceful, and credible election by supporting the Independent National Electoral Commission while it finalizes electoral …

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

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

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Statement on the Suspension and Replacement of the Chief Justice

“The Embassy of the United States is deeply concerned by the impact of the executive branch’s decision to suspend and replace the Chief Justice and head of the judicial branch without the support of the legislative branch on the eve of national and state elections. We note widespread Nigerian criticism that this decision is unconstitutional …

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

The United States and the United Kingdom announce repercussions, including visa restrictions, for election interference and election-related violence. U.S. Statement [Begin] The conduct of the upcoming elections in Nigeria is important not only for Nigeria, but for the African continent. The United States government does not support any specific candidate or party in Nigeria’s upcoming …

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

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

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U.S. Embassy’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Donates Equipment to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps t

Abuja – On November 21, 2018, the U.S. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) handed over approximately one hundred thousand dollars ($100’000) in equipment to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps’ Borno State Command.  The equipment was donated to assist the NSCDC Borno Command in improving its administrative effectiveness in providing …

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Statement on the Signing of the Peace Accord for the 2019 Elections

The United States warmly congratulates the presidential candidates and parties who have signed the Peace Accord for the 2019 Presidential elections.  We also congratulate all those advocates for Peace and Democracy who have worked together to achieve this important result.  Your Peace Accord is a great step towards the goal shared by all Nigerians of …

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U.S. Provides 3.85 Million Bed Nets for Bauchi State

Bauchi, Nigeria – At a ceremony held on November 29, the United States handed health officials 3.85 million long lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets as part of its comprehensive effort to control malaria across Nigeria. The donation was made possible through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and jointly implemented by the U.S. Agency for …

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World AIDS Day 2018 – PEPFAR Releases 2018 Results

U.S Mission Nigeria has announced its achievements, under the U.S. Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Fiscal Year 2018. These results show that, in 2018: PEPFAR provides life-saving HIV treatment to over 800,000 Nigerian men, women, and children living with HIV. Approximately 7.4 million Nigerians have received HIV counseling and testing services under …

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USAID Concludes Activity Supporting 625,000 AIDS Orphans, Vulnerable Children and their Caregivers

Abuja – In a ceremony on November 28, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) concluded a five-year activity that provided support for 500,000 children orphaned or made vulnerable by the AIDS epidemic, and 125,000 of their caregivers. Since 2013, the $45.3 million Sustainable Mechanisms for Improving Livelihoods (SMILE) activity, funded by the U.S. President’s …

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U.S. Reaffirms Commitment to Preventing Gender-based Violence

Abuja – On Monday November 26, the U.S. Embassy, in partnership with Media Campaign against Human Trafficking (MeCAHT), held multiple events to mark the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’ and the beginning of ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence’. The event started with a walk from the International Conference …

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U.S. Advocates Concerted Action to End Violence against Women and Girls

Lagos- U.S. Consul General John Bray on Monday urged Nigerians to take a firm stand against impunity, stigma and the culture of silence which fuel violence against women and girls in the country. Speaking at a public lecture organized by the rights group Women Arise and the United Nations Information Center, to mark the commencement …

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U.S. Consulate Grant Program Gives $453 568 to 45 Nigeria Civic Organizations

Lagos—From January 2018 till date, the United States Consulate General in Lagos has awarded $453, 568 to 45 individuals, non-government organizations (NGOs), and academic institutions. The grants support a variety of worthwhile projects in the areas of human rights, transparency in government, freedom of the media, empowerment of women and youth, health, education, entrepreneurship, and …

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U.S. Consulate & AFRIFF Host Nigerian Premiere of Spike Lee’s BlackkKlansman

Lagos—On Wednesday, November 14, the United States Consulate General Lagos in collaboration with the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) hosted the Nigerian première of Spike Lee’s film BlacKkKlansman.   The movie stars John David Washington, son of Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, and Adam Driver. The movie chronicles the true story of an African-American police detective …

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USAID Celebrates Civil Society Advocacy Achievements

Abuja – In a ceremony on November 8, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) concluded a five-year activity to strengthen the capacity of Nigerian civil society organizations (CSOs) to advocate government institutions for reforms that improve transparency, accountability and inclusive governance. The $19.3 million Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE) activity has supported increased …

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Number of International Students in United States Reaches New High of 1.09 Million

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 13, 2018 – The number of international students in the United States surpassed one million for the third consecutive year, increasing by 1.5 percent to reach a new high of 1,094,792 million, according to the 2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange . Open Doors 2018, released today by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the U.S. Department …

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CNN names U.S. Government Exchange Alumna in Top 10 Heroes List

Lagos—Cable News Network (CNN), has named a 2017 alumna of the United States government-sponsored International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP), Ms. Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, as one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of the Year. Ajayi-Akinfolarin’s organization, Pearls Africa Foundation, which she founded in 2012, assists girls from underserved communities in Nigeria gain relevant technological skills to …

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U.S. Distributes 3.3 Million Insecticide-treated Bed Nets to Prevent Malaria in Akwa Ibom State

Uyo, Nigeria – The U.S. government, through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), recently donated 3.3 million bed nets for distribution in Akwa Ibom State.  PMI is jointly implemented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The bed nets, valued at $9.7 million, will be …

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U.S. Advocates Greater Investment in Girl-Child Education, More Female Political Participation

Lagos—United States Consul General F. John Bray has called for increased investment in the education of the girl-child and greater political participation by women in Nigeria. Delivering the keynote address on the second day of the 17th Annual Conference of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), in Lagos on November 2, Consul General …

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U.S. Embassy Awards the Julia Taft Refugee Fund to Two Nigerian Organizations

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria has awarded $25,000 in grants to support two local organizations addressing important gaps in refugee protection and assistance, gaps not addressed by larger multilateral refugee programs. The two organizations, the Centre for Caring, Empowerment and Peace Initiative (CCEPI), and Initiatives for the Empowerment of Vulnerable Persons in the Society, received …

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U.S. Embassy Awards $221,902 USD in Grants to Nigerian Community-Based Organizations

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria has awarded $221,902 USD in grants in response to applications to the Ambassador’s Small Grants Program. A total of 27 projects, covering 14 Nigerian states, will be funded. These initiatives will help improve access to education and health services for vulnerable children and communities at risk. Some of the projects …

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U.S. Embassy Concerned by Fatalities due to Clashes

The United States Embassy is concerned by the deaths resulting from clashes between Nigerian security forces and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in areas surrounding Abuja.  We urge Government of Nigeria authorities to conduct a  thorough investigation of the events and to take appropriate action to hold accountable those responsible for violations of …

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U.S. Consulate Supports Robotics Workshop For 303 Teachers, 187 Students

Lagos—For the second consecutive year, the United States Consulate General in collaboration with RoboRave International, a U.S.-based tech academy, has concluded a week-long robotics workshop for 303 teachers and 187 students. The participating students and teachers were from 29 public and private schools across Lagos, Ogun, and Edo states as well as the Federal Capital …

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U.S. Promotes Cross-Cultural Collaboration as 13 American Writers Participate in Ake Festival

Lagos––The United States Mission in Nigeria has renewed its support for Nigeria’s burgeoning community of creative writers and artists with its participation at the 2018 Ake Arts and Book Festival. The U.S. Mission was one of the major sponsors of the 2018 Ake Arts and Book Festival, an annual event which showcases the best of …

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New U.S.-Supported ‘E-WASH’ Activity Will Bring Clean Water to Three Million Nigerians

Abuja – The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), today launched a new urban water and sanitation activity that will provide 500,000 families in six states access to a reliable supply of clean, piped water, to the benefit of three million Nigerians. Under the four-year, $60.4 million Effective Water, Sanitation …

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

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

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U.S. Advocates Non-Violent Elections as Major Lazer Thrills Nigerian Fans

Lagos––The United States Consulate General in Lagos in collaboration with U-Live Africa on Friday night co-hosted the Major Lazer SoundSystem Concert at the Hard Rock Beach on Victoria Island. Major Lazer, the American electronic dance music group, comprising Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire, were in Nigeria as part of a broader Africa tour which has …

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Additional USAID Assistance to Help Nigeria Control HIV/AIDS, Support Good Governance, and Combat Extremism

Abuja – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently announced additional assistance of $65.5 million to help achieve the development goals outlined in the bilateral U.S.-Nigerian Development Objectives Assistance Agreement signed in 2015.  The assistance brings incremental funding of the Agreement with Nigeria to $1.17 billion, representing 48 percent of the $2.45 billion pledged …

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OSUN RESULT – JOINT EU, UK, US STATEMENT

Delegations from the Missions of the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States observed the voting in the Osun State re-run election on September 27. We once again commend the vast majority of the voters in the state for exercising their democratic rights peacefully. In contrast to our overall findings on the vote …

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U.S. Ambassador’s Fund Promotes Preservation of Nigerian Rock Art

On September 25, U.S. Ambassador Stuart Symington signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Trust for African Rock Art (TARA), National Commission for Monuments and Museums (NCMM), University of Calabar, and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria.  The MOU provides a grant of $125,000 to the three organizations who are working together for the preservation of …

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Statement from the Missions of the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States on Osun Election

The Missions of the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States observed the voting in Osun State September 22.  We commend the people of Osun for voting peacefully, the Independent National Electoral Commission for the improved organisation of the election, and security services for their conduct. We urge that all continue to support …

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U.S. Embassy Statement Condemning Murder of ICRC Midwife Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa

We utterly condemn this heinous and inhuman act and stand in solidarity with the ICRC and all those who work in service with the Nigerian people.  Midwife Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa was providing care to those most vulnerable.  This was a senseless murder.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, and to her colleagues, …

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U.S. Plays Host as AirPeace Signs Deal for Purchase of 10 Boeing Aircraft

Lagos ––The   United States Consul General F. John Bray on Thursday hosted the signing ceremony for the sale of 10 new Boeing 737 Max aircraft to one of Nigeria’s leading airlines, AirPeace. Consul General Bray officiated the signing of the purchase agreement between Boeing’s Sales Director for West & Central Africa Larry Tolliver and AirPeace …

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USAID Local Governance Activity Increases Responsiveness Of State and Local Officials to Civil Society Participation

Abuja – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today concluded a nine-year activity to improve the performance of state and local governments in Nigeria and increase involvement of civil society in the democratic process for the good of their communities. Since 2009, the Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy and Development (LEAD) activity, in partnership with government …

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USAID Increases Support for Good Governance and Health in Nigeria

Abuja – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently announced additional development assistance to support achieving the development goals outlined in the bilateral Development Objectives Assistance Agreement between the U.S. and Nigerian governments signed in 2015. Of the new funding, $25 million will strengthen good governance by supporting state governments’ efforts to bolster Nigeria’s …

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“Strengthen Ethno-Religious Tolerance in Nigeria”- U.S. Ambassador Brownback

Lagos-The U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Samuel Brownback, has urged Nigerian political office holders, representatives of civil society and religious leaders to avoid amplifying ethno-religious tension in the country and to focus on peacebuilding. At a one-day national youth dialogue on ethno-religious tolerance organized by the U.S Consulate General Lagos, in partnership with the …

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U.S. and Partners Fund New Demographic Health Survey

Abuja – At a press conference today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Mission Director Erin Holleran joined the Ministry of Health’s  Permanent Secretary Abdulaziz Abdullahi to announce the 2018 Nigeria Demographic Health Survey (NDHS) that will provide comprehensive data to monitor and assess the health status of the population. This will be the …

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Embassy Abuja Temporarily Suspends Consular Services

Abuja, Nigeria – Due to reasons beyond our control we are temporarily unable to provide regular services for visa and American Citizen Services in Abuja, but other offices within the Embassy remain open.  Please note that consular functions at the  U.S. Consulate Lagos are not affected and will continue.  Until further notice, applicants are encouraged …

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Pharmaceutical Research and Development Institute Earns ISO Certification with USAID Support

Abuja – On August 9, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Mission Director Erin Holleran presented Minister of State for Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire a certificate of accreditation from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for quality control on behalf of a laboratory operated by the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD). …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom to travel to Nigeria

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

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U.S. Announces $102 Million in New Humanitarian Assistance to Nigeria

Funding makes up majority of $112 million to Lake Chad Basin. Abuja – At today’s Plenary Session of the ongoing National Conversation on the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria W. Stuart Symington announced an additional $102 million in humanitarian assistance to Nigeria that will address the shelter, health and food security needs of populations in …

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U.S. Dedicates New Medical Warehouse

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

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Statement On The Occasion of Democracy Day, 29 May 2018

U.S. Joins Allies and Partners in Celebrating Nigeria’s Democracy Day and Calls for Free, Fair, and Inclusive 2019 Elections We join Nigerians today in celebrating the day on which democracy and civilian rule were restored. In Nigeria, as in so many of our countries, the right for all citizens to enjoy equal participation in the democratic …

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60 Young Nigerians to attend 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria will send 60 young Nigerians to participate in the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship program for six weeks from June 18 to August 2.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  It is composed of academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.  A total …

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The United States Government Donates 2.6 Million Insecticide-Treated Bed Nets to the People of Kebbi State

Abuja – The United States Government, through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), has donated 2.6 million bed nets for distribution in Kebbi State.  PMI is jointly implemented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The bed nets, valued at $7.2 million, will be distributed …

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U.S. Government Releases Malaria Report, Showcasing Progress, Outlining Challenges in Nigeria

April 26 2018 – The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), today released its twelfth annual report , documenting progress across its programs, including Nigeria. In 2017, the United States, through PMI, worked with partner countries to benefit more …

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U.S. Embassy Marks World Press Freedom Day with Week of Activities

Abuja, Nigeria – The U.S. Embassy will mark this year’s World Press Freedom Day with multiple events from May 2 through May 5, 2018, in partnership with Nigerian institutions and organizations. Visiting Nigeria for the activities will be an American journalist, Ms. Linda Hervieux. Ms. Hervieux is both a journalist and photographer whose work has …

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U.S. Embassy Marks World Book and Copyright and World Intellectual Property Days with a Week of Workshops and Concerts

Abuja, Nigeria – The U.S. Embassy will mark World Book and Copyright Day and World Intellectual Property Day with multiple events from April 23 through April 27, 2018. On Monday, April 23, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria W. Stuart Symington will join H.E. Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo and nine Ambassadors and High Commissioners of diplomatic Missions in …

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U.S. Consulate, FSD Academy Train 121 Emerging Entrepreneurs in Port Harcourt

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

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U.S. Mission Nigeria Photo Contest Initiative Kicks-Off

Abuja, Nigeria – The U.S. Embassy in Abuja is inviting Nigerians to compete in its NaijaGems photography contest, an initiative of the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, W. Stuart Symington. The contest opens on Friday, April 6, 2018 and submissions are due on May 4, 2018. The top photos will win prizes. This contest will offer …

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Primary Health Care Agreements Mark ‘New Stage’ In USAID Partnership with Bauchi and Sokoto States

Sokoto, Nigeria – On March 21, USAID Mission Director Stephen M. Haykin joined the Sultan of Sokoto, Minister of Health Isaac Adewole, philanthropists Bill Gates and Aliko Dangote, and the governors of Bauchi and Sokoto states by video teleconference to sign two agreements to expand access to quality, affordable health care in the two states. …

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U.S. Commercial Service, McAfee Host Breakfast Forum on Cyber Security in Nigeria

Lagos—The U.S. Commercial Service in Nigeria in collaboration with U.S. cyber-security company —McAfee Incorporated, on Wednesday hosted a breakfast seminar in Lagos for cyber security experts and corporate end-users. At the program, the American computer security software company also announced the launch of its Enhanced Unified Defense Architecture designed to empower organizations to more effectively protect today’s …

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Silicon Valley Women Tech Leaders Visit Nigeria for Week-Long Mentorship Program

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

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U.S. Provides 1.6 Million Bed Nets for Nasarawa State

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

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