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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Revised Visa Reciprocity for Nigeria

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Feed the Future ‘Country Plan’ will boost agri-business, nutrition, and resilience Abuja – On July 18, the governments of the United States and Nigeria jointly signed a declaration of partnership to launch a five-year Feed the Future Nigeria Country Plan to increase investments in food security, build greater resilience, and improve household nutrition in the …

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

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

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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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U.S. Embassy Statement on Rann Attack

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

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USAID Convenes Interfaith Dialogues for Religious and Civic Leaders in Nigeria

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

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American Comedian Brings Wong Street Journal to Lagos Theatre Festival

Lagos—- Renowned American performance artist and comedian, Kristina Wong, is visiting Lagos this week to participate in the Lagos Theatre Festival.   The festival runs from  February 27 to March 4. Supported by the United States Consulate General Lagos, Wong will conduct master classes for performing arts students, faculty, and theatrical directors at the University of …

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USAID Launches New Support to Political Parties

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

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U.S. Partners with “Project PINK BLUE” for Launch of Medical Oncology Training

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

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Mandela Washington Fellow Sparks Collaboration Between Artists and Healthcare Professionals

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

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African Members of G7 High Tech Crime Network Meet in Nigeria

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

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USAID Provides $89 Million in New Assistance to Nigeria

Abuja – On January 26, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $89 million in additional development assistance to Nigeria to continue its support for development goals outlined in a Development Objectives Assistance Agreement between the U.S. and Nigerian governments signed in 2015. Nearly half of the new funding ($44 million) will support HIV/AIDS …

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USAID-Supported ‘Learning Centers’ Bring Education To 80,000 Conflict-Affected Learners in Northeast

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

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Power Africa Partners With Ibadan Distribution Company to Strengthen Nigeria’s Energy Sector

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

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Fulbright Language Scholars Train 200 English Language Teachers in Ondo, Oyo States

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

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American Jazz Ensemble Plays in Lagos and Abuja

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

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Remarks By Acting Consul General Darcy F. Zotter At the Opening of Disability-Friendly Digital Hub Agege, Lagos

Good morning everyone. It is an honor for me to welcome you to the opening of this technology and entrepreneurship hub for persons living with disabilities. I would like to recognize the Lagos State Director for the Office of Disability Affairs, Dr. Adebukola Adebayo. I am happy to learn that Dr. Adebayo is a 2013 …

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Akwa Ibom Releases First-Ever AIDS Indicator Survey Funded by USAID

Abuja, Nigeria – On November 27, the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Health formally presented findings of the Akwa Ibom AIDS Indicator Survey (AKAIS).  The survey was carried out across 31 local government areas between April and June of this year and is a population-based, cross-sectional survey.  It is one of the first states in …

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The United States Government Donates 2.9 Million Insecticide-treated Mosquito Bed Nets to the People of Sokoto State

Abuja, Nigeria – On December 14, the U.S. Government through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) donated 2.9 million bed nets for distribution in Sokoto State. The bed nets, valued at $8.1 million will be distributed in all 23 local government areas of the State. The U.S. Government also provided an additional $1.5 million for logistics, …

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Ambassador Symington Launches YALI Transparency Campaign in Lagos

Lagos–Members of the Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network on Monday kick-started a month-long “Transparency and Good Governance Campaign” in commemoration of the 2017 International Anti-Corruption Day. The campaign which seeks to explore ways in which individuals can cultivate and encourage more transparent, accountable behavior will involve a mix of online and in-person activities, including blog posts, …

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

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

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2017 World AIDS Day: Ambassador Asks Students to Stop the Spread of HIV

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

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U.S. Boosts Nigeria’s Counter-Narcotics Efforts, Donates Vehicles, Tactical Equipment to NDLEA

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

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U.S. Mission Nigeria Announces 2018 Funding Opportunity for Cultural Preservation

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

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Press Statement – Terrorist Attack in Nigeria

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

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U.S. & Nigeria Agree to Commercial and Investment Dialogue

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

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THE UNITED STATES – NIGERIA BI-NATIONAL COMMISSION JOINT COMMUNIQUE

The United States-Nigeria Bi-National Commission (BNC) met on November 20, 2017, in Abuja, Nigeria. The BNC was co-chaired by Geoffrey Onyeama, Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Nigeria and John J. Sullivan, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of State, United States of America. This year’s BNC focused on advancing U.S.-Nigerian shared prosperity, including discussion …

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USTDA Launches U.S. Gas Infrastructure Export Initiative

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

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Visits Nigeria for BNC

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

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Nigeria sees a rise to 11,710 students in the U.S.

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

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U.S. Embassy Awards $404,553 in Grants to Nigerian Civic Groups

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

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The U.S. Government and ECOWAS Renew Partnership for Security and Development in West Africa

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

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Two-day CDC Nigeria HIV & TB Intervention Symposium Opens in Abuja

Abuja – A two-day symposium to examine efforts made in HIV/AIDS and TB intervention by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Nigeria in collaboration with its implementing partners began today in Abuja. The theme of the symposium, “Partnering for Sustainable HIV Epidemic Control in Nigeria,” reflects the United States’ resolve to …

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Four American Documentaries Enter 2017 Africa International Film Festival

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

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U.S. Embassy promotes connections between African Journalists

Abuja, Nigeria– Working in partnership with some Nigerian and Ethiopian media organizations, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja Nigeria and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have initiated an exchange program to promote connections between journalists in Africa especially between Ethiopian and Nigerian journalists.  The program entitled “Uniting African Journalists” is scheduled for the last weeks of October and …

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U.S. Promotes STEM Education in Nigeria, Trains 460 Students, Teachers on Robotics

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

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U.S. and FCT High Court draft “Benchbook” for Nigerian Judges

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

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USAID Successfully Concludes Activity Supporting the Agricultural Inputs System in Nigeria

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

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United States Provides Additional $17 Million in Assistance to Reduce Poverty in Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria — On October 4, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced an additional $17 million in development assistance to fulfill the goals outlined in its 2015 Development Objectives Assistance Agreement with the Government of Nigeria.  This brings the total of development assistance provided under this agreement to $719 million. The additional …

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Nigeria National Day

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

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25 American Universities Attend U.S. College Fair in Lagos

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

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U.S. Embassy sponsors “Strength in Diversity” Video Contest

Abuja, Nigeria– The U.S. Embassy in Abuja is inviting Nigerians throughout the country to compete in its “Strength in Diversity” video contest. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington opened the competition on September 6, 2017 and submissions have already been entered. The contest runs for one month and closes on October 6 so there is still time …

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USAID’s Support Boosts Trade and Investment in Nigeria

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

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Commander U.S. Naval Forces Africa visits Nigeria

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

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U.S. Congressional Delegation visits Nigeria

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

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U.S. Joins Nigeria’s Dedication of Medical ‘Warehouse in a Box’

Abuja, Nigeria – Today, Stephen M. Haykin, Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole to inaugurate a new state-of-the-art medical storage facility that provides medical authorities better access to life saving medicines and other essential health commodities. Known as a “warehouse in a box,” …

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Ambassador Nikki Haley on the Adoption of a UN Security Council Statement on Famine

The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a presidential statement today on the risk of famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and northeast Nigeria. Across these countries, 20 million people are at risk for famine, making it the largest food security emergency since World War II. This marks the first time the UN Security Council …

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USAID Marks Successful Conclusion of Nigerian MARKETS II Project

On August 3, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) marked the successful conclusion of the 5 year, $65 million Nigeria Maximizing Agricultural Revenue and Key Enterprises in Targeted Sites II (MARKETS II) Project.  In doing so, it transitions support and activities to local, state and federal partners.  This Feed the Future initiative brought …

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With USAID Support, a Third Drug Quality Lab Achieves International Accreditation in Nigeria

Kaduna facility is first in the north to receive ISO certification  Abuja –At a ceremony held July 27, USAID Deputy Mission Director Erin Holleran presented to the federal Minister of State for Health Dr. E. Osagie Ehanire a certificate of accreditation from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for a laboratory in Kaduna to test …

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Data Management System Pilot Project Launched at Kuje Prison

Abuja – The U.S. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in partnership with the Rule of Law Advisory Team of the Office of the Vice President of Nigeria, the Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee and the Nigeria Prison Service today launched the Prison Data Management System Pilot Project at Kuje Prison. …

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U.S. Supports Presidential ‘Care Clinics’ to Boost Small and Medium-sized Business in Nigeria

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

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U.S. Special Envoy Holds Roundtable with Religious Leaders Fighting Corruption

Lagos–– Acting United States Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs Amy Lillis held a round-table discussion on Thursday with members of the Religious Leaders Anti-Corruption (RLAC) working group. The Religious Leaders Anti-Corruption (RLAC) working group was formed in 2016 by Muslim and Christian religious leaders with the primary goal of addressing how faith communities …

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U.S. Partners with Religious Leaders & NGO to Launch Anti-Corruption Website

Lagos— The United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria in collaboration with BudgIT, a local NGO, on Wednesday launched Report Yourself, a web-based platform that leverages citizen engagement to fight corruption in Nigeria. The partnership to promote Report Yourself also includes the Religious Leaders Anti-Corruption (RLAC) working group and Nigerian law enforcement agencies, This anti-corruption initiative is …

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U.S. Pledges Support for Digital Transformation of Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Industry

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

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates 241st Anniversary of American Independence

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

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Stephen M. Haykin Sworn In as USAID Mission Director

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

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U.S. Awards Micro-Grants to Support Children Orphaned by HIV/AIDS

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

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U.S. Government Signs $469 Million Nigeria HIV/AIDS COP 2017

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

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Press Statement – Death of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 5, 2017 We join the international community in mourning the passing of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). During his six and a half year tenure at the helm of UNFPA, Dr. Babatunde was a tireless advocate for the health of women …

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U.S. Embassy Grant Trains Museum Curators on Preserving Nigeria’s Collections

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

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U.S. Embassy Honors Nigerian TechWomen

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

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U.S. Ambassador Unveils First State-of-the Art American Space in Nigeria

Lagos–– The United States Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. W. Stuart Symington today opened Nigeria’s first state-of-the art Priority American Space hosted at the Yaba offices of technology incubator, Co-Creation Hub (CC-Hub). At the event attended by technology leaders, Ambassador Symington explained that the space, which is equipped with cutting-edge digital technology, is a center for …

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U.S. Provides $9.5 Million in Assistance to WFP to Ensure Good Health of Pregnant Women, Children under Five

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

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U.S. Government Supports Nigeria in Fight against Cybercrime and Financial Fraud

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

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101 Young Nigerians to attend 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program

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

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U.S. Government Launches $2.5 million Water and Sanitation Project for Kaduna and Bauchi States

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

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U.S. Government-sponsored Conference Helps Nigerian Farmers and Herders Forge Solutions to Conflict

ABUJA – Leaders of farmers and herders as well as religious and ethnic leaders have identified proliferation of arms in the country, diminishing farmlands and grazing pastures due to climate change, and frequent media bias as major contributing factors to escalation of violent tensions between farmers and herders in Nigeria.  These were part of the …

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U.S. Announces $30 Million in New Humanitarian Funding for Northeast Nigeria

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

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USTDA Connects U.S. Energy Industry to Opportunities in Nigeria

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

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U.S. Embassy Commemorates World Malaria Day

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

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U.S. Ambassador Tours Nigeria’s Rich Tropical Rain Forests, Pledges Continued Support for Environmental Conservation Efforts

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria W. Stuart Symington toured the rich tropical rain forests of the Obudu Mountains and the Drill Ranch on the Afi Mountains of Cross River State April 22 – 23.  He sought to learn more about Nigeria’s unique natural resources. On Monday, following the completion of the tour, Ambassador Symington …

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Mandela Washington Fellow Trains 60 Vesico-Vaginal Fistula Survivors on Entrepreneurial Skills

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

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U.S. Ambassador Hosts A Night with Performance Poets

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

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U.S. Showcases Business Opportunities in Enugu, Partners Governor Ugwuanyi on Bilateral Trade

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

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United States Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Kaduna State Government Focused on Economic Growth

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

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U.S. Ambassador praises Nigerian Technovation Champions

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

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Statement – Nigerian Travel to the United States

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

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U.S. Supports Justice and Security Dialogue in Plateau State

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

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U.S. Human Rights Training to the Nigerian Police Force

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

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U.S. Urges Nigerian Citizens to Protect Endangered Wildlife on World Wildlife Day

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

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United States Signs Memorandum of Understanding to Support Primary Education in Bauchi State

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

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U.S. Ambassador promotes agricultural entrepreneurship

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

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U.S. Ambassador Presents Secretary of State Award for Corporate Excellence to Andela

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

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AFRICOM Commander holds talks with Nigerian Leaders

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

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U.S. Ambassador Supports Solar Energy Partnership

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

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‘Power Africa’ Coordinator: U.S. Programs ‘Making a Difference’ to Improve Sector

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

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Readout of the President’s Call with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release   President Donald J. Trump spoke this week with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria to discuss the strong cooperation between the United States and Nigeria, including on shared security, economic, and governance priorities.  President Trump underscored the importance the United States places on its …

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U.S. Embassy Provides $116,000 Grant for Preservation of Nigeria’s Cultural Heritage

Yesterday (February 13) the United States Embassy in Abuja announced a $116, 000 grant through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation program, for the preservation of cultural heritage in Nigeria.  U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding of the grant between the International Center for the Study of the …

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U.S. Consulate Holds Google Hangout on Student Life at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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

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U.S. “Power Africa” Coordinator to Visit Nigeria

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

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U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Visits Solar Power Success Story

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

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U.S. Commercial Service, American Firm Simulation Solutions Launch Operations Technology for Nigerian Petrochemical Industry Partners

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

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U.S. Agency for International Development launches new Agricultural Private Sector Partnerships

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

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USAID Distributes Reading Textbooks to Teachers and Pupils in Sokoto

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

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U.S. Embassy Hosts Religious Freedom Roundtable

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

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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires commemorates Religious Freedom Day

In commemoration of Religious Freedom Day, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires David Young delivered a speech on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Nile University on the U.S. tradition of supporting religious freedom. While addressing the undergraduate students of the University, Mr. Young explained the commitment by the United States to constitutional protection for religious liberty. He …

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Notice of Fraudulent and Inaccurate Information Regarding Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2017

As the Department and its interagency partners set priorities and advance planning initiatives for the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in India, it has come to our attention that fraudulent information has been shared on Facebook.  The State Department has become aware of a site falsely advertising the Summit as held in February 2017 in …

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U.S. Donates Military-Grade Tents to Nigerian Police Force

Maiduguri, Borno State – Today, Rosalyn Wiese, Director, U.S. International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Nigeria, donated eight modular, general purpose, military-grade tents to the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) for use in the northeast.  The tents were received by Assistant Inspector General of Police, Yakubu O. Jibrin, who represented the Inspector General of the …

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United States Provides Additional Assistance to Reduce Poverty in Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria – On December 19, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $227.3 million in additional developmental assistance to support the five-year $2.3 billion agreement signed with the Nigerian Government in 2015.  This brings the total provided under the agreement to $702 million. The new funding will continue to help Nigeria reduce …

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United States Government Announces $92 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Nigeria

This week, the United States Government announced nearly $92 million in additional humanitarian assistance to people affected by the ongoing conflict and severe food insecurity in Nigeria and throughout the Lake Chad Basin region. With this announcement, the United States is providing more than $291 million in humanitarian assistance since the 2016 fiscal year to …

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U.S. Embassy Hosts Anti-Corruption Roundtable

Nigeria’s anti-corruption stakeholders gathered today at the U.S. Embassy and discussed efforts to tackle corruption in the country.  The roundtable was chaired by Professor Chidi Odinkalu, senior member of the Nigerian Bar and head of the Open Society Justice Initiative with government officials and representatives of civil society in attendance. U.S.  Deputy Chief of Mission …

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U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington Presents Credentials to President Buhari

U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria Honorable W. Stuart Symington presented his credentials to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari today at a brief ceremony at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria. He was accompanied by Mrs. Symington, Deputy Chief of Mission David J. Young, USAID Mission Director Michael Harvey, and Senior Defense Attaché Colonel …

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U.S. Fulbright Specialist Trains 34 Nigerian Nurses in Cancer Patient Care

Ms. Laurie Tauriainen, a nurse with the Sarah Cannon Research Institute in Dallas, Texas is conducting a week-long training program for 34 nurses at the National Hospital in Abuja. The training in patient navigation is being organized in collaboration with Project Pink Blue, a non-profit organization led by Mr. Runcie Chidebe, a Nigerian alumnus of …

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U.S. Ambassador‘s Small Grants Program Gives $171,000 to 30 Nigerian Communities

Monday, November 28, 2016, U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington awarded small grants totaling $171,000 to 30 Nigerian community-based organizations covering 19 Nigerian states under the Ambassador’s Small Grants Program. The Ambassador’s Small Grants Program was established as a program for the overall U. S. Mission in Nigeria to assist community groups located in cities to …

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Statement By John Kirby, Spokesperson – Nigerian Deaths in Kano Clashes

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson The United States is deeply concerned by the deaths of dozens of Nigerians during clashes between individuals participating in a Shia procession and the Nigerian Police Force in Kano State on November 14.  While the matter is still under investigation, we are troubled by the apparent disproportionate …

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Nigerian Students in the U.S. Up 12.4 % to 10,674

Nigeria ranks #1 in Africa, #14 in the world as a source of U.S. international students  The 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange reveals there were 10,674 Nigerians studying in the United States during the 2015-16 academic year, making Nigeria the leading source of African students and ranked 14th worldwide as a source …

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United States Signs Memorandum of Understanding to Support Primary Education in Sokoto State

Abuja – The U.S. government, through the Agency for International Development (USAID), announces its continuing support to the education sector in Sokoto state with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) by the USAID Mission Director Michael T. Harvey and His Excellency the Governor of Sokoto Aminu Waziri Tambuwal. This five-year MOU sets out the …

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66 Nigeria Police Officers Graduate from U.S. Fingerprint Training

Abuja, Nigeria – On Friday, November 4, 2016 the Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) within the United States Embassy in collaboration with the Atlanta Police Department (APD), and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) concluded a one week Fingerprint Analysis and Forensics training program for 66 Nigerian police officers. The program was aimed …

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