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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U.S. Government Supports Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) Team Building Meeting in Cross River

Abuja – Last week Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) Initiative concluded a productive week-long, global team-building meeting, sponsored by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Calabar, Cross River State. The five-year, $18 million USG initiative is a public-private partnership that addresses the three primary delays associated with maternal and newborn health: the delay ...
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USAID donates 4.5 Million Mosquito Bed Nets to the People of Oyo State

Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria – Today, Dr. Rick Niska representative to the Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Nigeria, handed over 4.5 million bed nets at the flag-off event to the Oyo state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi. The bed nets valued at $13.5 million will be distributed through a mass campaign scheduled ...
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2016 American Film Showcase in Lagos

Lagos–– The United States Consulate General Lagos, in partnership with the Eko International Film Festival, will showcase contemporary American films on October 21 and October 24.  These documentaries by independent filmmakers uncover powerful stories of American youth overcoming social, cultural, business and inner growth challenges. The Showcase will be presented during the 7th edition of ...
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry – Nigeria National Day Message

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the citizens of Nigeria as you celebrate your Independence Day on October 1. I recently returned from my third trip to Nigeria as Secretary, and I came away with a strong sense of the nation’s resolve to build a better future. During my trip, ...
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United States Provides Additional Assistance to Reduce Poverty in Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria – On October 5, the United States of America, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced $92.73 million in additional developmental assistance to support the five-year $2.3 billion agreement signed with the Nigeria Government in 2015.  This brings the total of development assistance provide to $474.74 million. This funding will continue ...
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America Shares Nigeria’s Goals for a Prosperous Economy

Abuja, Nigeria – Speaking yesterday at a Nigerian-American Chamber Of Commerce Conference on SME Financing and Franchising,  U.S. Chargé d’Affaires David Young said United States has provided more than half a billion dollars in annual assistance to Nigeria in the areas of health and security, but is also increasingly focused on the issues of economic stability ...
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American Film Showcase In Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria – On October 4, 2016, the 2016-2017 American Film Showcase opens in Nigeria as part of the 17th Abuja Film Festival.  The Film Festival takes place from Oct 4-7 and is open to the public. To present the American Film Showcase, the U.S. Embassy in Abuja is partnering with Abuja Film Village International ...
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Wine Fair Brings Taste of America to Nigeria

Lagos––On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, United States Consul General Francis John Bray and the United States Regional Agricultural Counselor for West Africa David Wolf hosted agribusiness leaders to a large wine tasting event. With the theme A Taste of America, the event provided agribusiness leaders and other friends of America a unique opportunity to experience ...
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Calling on Young Nigerian Leaders: Announcing the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship

Abuja, Nigeria – The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria is pleased to announce that applications for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship began today, Wednesday, September 20, 2016.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, and a key part of the U.S. commitment to invest in the future ...
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U.S. Embassy to Host 17th Annual College Fair

In an effort to increase the number of Nigerian students studying in the United States, the U.S. Embassy will convene its 17th annual EducationUSA College Fair on September 28 and 29, 2016.  With the themeEducationUSA: Exploring a Myriad of Opportunities, the fair will provide students the opportunity to explore the diversity and vitality of higher ...
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32 American Universities to Participate in 2016 U.S. Consulate College Fair

Lagos––Prospective undergraduate students interested in studying in the United States will have an opportunity to explore their options at the Annual College and Career Fair organized by the U.S. Consulate General Lagos.  The Fair, in its 17th year, will be held in Lagos on Monday, September 26, 2016, at Chrisland High School, Ikeja and on ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry – Remarks on Community Building and Countering Violent Extremism

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you so much. Thank you. Asalaam Alaikum. Thank you very much. Maryam, thank you very, very much. Good morning everybody. Good morning to all of you – your Excellency Governor Tambuwal; your Excellency Governor Yari; your Eminence, Sultan, who was very, very kind to host us here today and whose leadership I particularly appreciate ...
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Embassy Statement – 15th Anniversary of 9/11

This Sunday, September 11,  marks the 15th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in the history of the United States. On that fateful day, terrorists staged attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and were only prevented from completing another attack by the heroism of the passengers on United Flight 93. ...
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US Supports Social Inclusion for the Physically Challenged

Lagos— With the screening of a 15-minute documentary highlighting the discrimination and social exclusion experienced by persons living with disabilities, a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) alumna, Ms. Ejiro Sharon Okotie, has challenged policymakers and employers of labor on the need to integrate physically challenged persons into the Nigerian labor market. Titled Changing the Dialogue, ...
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U.S. Honors Nigerian Business Partners, Holds Session on Increasing Bilateral Trade

Lagos—The Commercial Service of the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria hosted its annual Networking with the USA Appreciation Forum (NUSA) and International Partner Awards on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. The event took place at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, with over 400 local business executives in attendance. The NUSA Forum honors Nigerian business ...
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United States Special Envoy for Climate Change Travels to Abuja

United States Special Envoy for Climate Change Dr. Jonathan Pershing will travel to Abuja September 6-7 for meetings with Nigerian government officials, business leaders, and civil society members to discuss opportunities for leadership by Nigeria and other nations in Africa in implementing the Paris Climate Change Agreement as well as the importance of climate and ...
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Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield Lauds Religious Leaders Fighting Corruption in Nigeria

Lagos ––The U. S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, met with five steering members of the Religious Leaders Anti-Corruption Committee on August 25 to discuss their ongoing efforts to counter corruption in Nigeria through teaching, preaching, and government advocacy. Reverend Ladi Thompson of the Living Waters Unlimited Church and Imam Shefiu ...
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INAUGURAL “TeachHer” MASTER CLASS LAUNCHED IN ETHIOPIA

Beginning today, August 29 to September 2, Addis Ababa will be the capital of the girls’ education universe, the U.S. Mission to UNESCO and U.S. Embassy Ethiopia announced  as it hosts the first ever TeachHer Master Class. TeachHer is a new public-private partnership (PPP) spearheaded by the United States, UNESCO, the Institute of International Education ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry – Remarks at a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Girls Event

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, thank you, Cathy. First of all, let me thank you for your tremendous work and leadership. We’re very proud of – Ambassador Russell’s really been at the forefront of leading efforts like this around the world, and I’ve seen her in more places around the world than I see her in Washington at ...
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U.S. Humanitarian Assistance for South Sudan

Secretary Kerry announced nearly $138 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the South Sudanese people, who have suffered through almost three years of senseless, brutal fighting.  He made the announcement following today’s meeting with regional foreign ministers in Nairobi. A recent outbreak of violence in Juba, broader insecurity throughout the country, and severe economic ...
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Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield To Travel to Kenya and Nigeria

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield will travel to Kenya and Nigeria August 21-28. She will first accompany U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on his August 21-24 trip to Nairobi, Kenya, and the cities of Sokoto and Abuja in Nigeria. On August 25 the Assistant Secretary will visit Lagos, Nigeria, where ...
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Secretary Kerry to Travel to Nairobi, Sokoto, Abuja, and Jeddah

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Nairobi, Kenya, on August 22 to meet with President Kenyatta to discuss regional security issues and counterterrorism cooperation, as well as bilateral issues.  Secretary Kerry will also meet with Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed and other regional foreign ministers to discuss key challenges in East Africa, ...
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U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey Visits Nigeria, Seeks to Expand Internet Access in Africa (August 13, 2016)

Lagos –– United States Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), the ranking Democratic Party member on the Africa and Global Health Policy Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is leading a congressional delegation to Lagos from August 12 to 14. He heard from Nigerian technology leaders and young entrepreneurs on August 13 regarding their successes and challenges, and ...
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United States Announces More Than $37 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Lake Chad Basin Region (August 10, 2016)

Abuja, Nigeria – The U.S. government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today that it will be providing more than $37 million in additional humanitarian assistance to people affected by the ongoing conflict and severe food insecurity in Nigeria and throughout the Lake Chad Basin. The savagery of Boko Haram has triggered a humanitarian crisis ...
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U.S. Consul General F. John Bray and USAID Mission Director Michael Harvey Visit Power Africa Projects and Partners in Edo State

 U.S. Consul General F. John Bray and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director for Nigeria Michael Harvey visited Edo State July 26 – 27 to assess the progress of partnered investments that advance U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature initiative Power Africa. Two out of three people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to ...
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U.S. Mission to Nigeria and Edo State Leaders Launch US$1 Million Program to Assist HIV/AIDS-Affected Children and Families

Benin– U.S. Consul General F. John Bray and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director for Nigeria Michael Harvey attended the launch of a US$1 million program to support HIV/AIDS-affected children and families.  H.E. First Lady of Edo State Iara Oshiomhole and Edo State Commissioner for Women Affairs Mrs. Aenena Jemitola Fulani-Ojo hosted ...
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United States Launches Private Sector Partnerships to Strengthen Nigerian Agriculture (July 18, 2016)

Abuja – In the presence of Agriculture Minister Audu Ogbeh, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched two new partnerships with local agribusinesses Babban Gona and Hello Tractor, highlighting the U.S. government’s agricultural and private sector strategy and promoting the development of Nigeria’s agriculture sector.  (PDF 94KB) »
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Global Shea Alliance and USAID Partner for Industry Growth and Sustainability (July 7, 2016)

Accra, Ghana – The Global Shea Alliance and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) signed in June a $13 million, five-year agreement to promote shea markets worldwide and improve sustainable production in Africa.  Under this Global Development Alliance, at least 40 warehouses will be constructed in Nigeria and 40 women’s groups will be formed ...
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United States Sponsors Seed Distribution for Internally Displaced Persons in Northeastern Nigeria (June 30, 2016)

Abuja – During the month of June, the U.S. government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), delivered over 160 metric tons of seeds (maize, sorghum, millet, groundnut, and cowpea) to over 6,000 households in Adamawa and Borno states.  More than 60,000 internally displaced persons (IDP) in the local government authorities of Madagali, Michika, Gombe, ...
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Nigeria Featured at 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (June 17, 2016)

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that 22 representatives of organizations benefiting Nigerian entrepreneurial development will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit on June 22-24, 2016 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.  These special men and women will join more than 700 entrepreneurs from around the world along with investors, speakers, and leaders in ...
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U.S. Statement of Concern on Niger Delta Violence (June 7, 2016)

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria is monitoring reports of attacks and other incidents in the Niger Delta.  We share the concerns of all Nigerians about these attacks.  Furthermore, the United States remains supportive of efforts, including the promotion of dialogue, to address grievances in the Niger Delta.  We encourage all parties to resolve their disputes ...
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U.S. Inks Agreement with Power Distribution Companies (May 23, 2016)

Abuja – Under President Obama’s landmark Power Africa initiative, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today launched a new assistance program that aims to improve power distribution performance and increase connections in Nigeria.  The two-year agreement will provide management consultation to three Nigerian distribution companies.  The agreement will also advance major infrastructure investments and ...
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Workshop Seeks to Promote Entrepreneurial Women in Nigeria (May 18, 2016)

Lagos –On May 18th, the U.S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative, in cooperation with the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, kicked off a networking workshop for 25 science and technology entrepreneurs to promote women’s access to entrepreneurship resources. This workshop in Lagos, which is being implemented by the American Association ...
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U.S. Donates Eleven Vehicles to NDLEA, Boosts Nigeria’s Counter-Narcotic Efforts (May 17, 2016)

Lagos– As part of continuing support from the United States to the government and people of Nigeria today, the U.S. donated eleven pick-up trucks and transport vans to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). The vehicles are the latest U.S. donation to the NDLEA to assist counter-narcotics efforts. “The United States will continue to ...
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Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken to Travel to Abuja for Regional Security Summit (May 11, 2016)

Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken will travel to Abuja, Nigeria, May 12–14, to lead the U.S. delegation to the second Regional Security Summit and for bilateral meetings. The Deputy Secretary will be joined in Abuja by Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism Justin Siberell. At the Regional Security Summit, the ...
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U.S. Ambassador Congratulates 100 Newest Mandela Washington Fellows (May 5, 2016)

The U.S. Embassy today recognized 100 young Nigerians selected to participate in the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and a key component of President Barack Obama’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa.  The White House developed this initiative ...
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U.S. Consulate Hosts Google Hangout on U.S. Student Visa Process April 26 (April 21, 2016)

The United States Consulate General in Lagos will host a Google Hangout on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at 3 p.m., to respond to questions from the public on the U.S. student visa applications process and about living and studying in the United States. On-air-personality Rufai Oseni of Inspiration 92.3 FM will moderate the one hour ...
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Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Travel to Cameroon, Chad, and Nigeria, April 16-23 (April 15, 2016)

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power will travel to Cameroon, Chad, and Nigeria April 16-23 to highlight the growing threat Boko Haram poses to the Lake Chad Basin region. Boko Haram is one of the deadliest terrorist groups in the world. It poses an acute threat to civilians across the Lake Chad Basin, and ...
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U.S. Promotes Investment Opportunities along the Lagos-Kano-Jibiya Transport Corridor (April 15, 2016)

Abuja, Nigeria – From April 11 to 15, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/Nigeria, in partnership with the West Africa Borderless Alliance, hosted a road governance caravan on the southern segment of the Lagos-Kano-Jibiya (LAKAJI) transport corridor.  The caravan started in Lagos, passed through Ogun and Oyo, and concluded in Kwara state. The road ...
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USAID Supports Center to Boost Nigeria-U.S. Trade (April 14, 2016)

Abuja, Nigeria – On April 12 and 13, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s West Africa Trade and Investment Hub (Trade Hub) trained coordinators from seven West African countries to assist businesses with the processes and documentation required for exporting to the United States under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).  Coordinators from AGOA ...
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Supporting the Safe Return of Those Kidnapped and Abused by Boko Haram (April 12, 2016)

As we approach the second anniversary of the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school in Chibok, the United States again calls for the immediate release, without preconditions, of all hostages held by Boko Haram.  The kidnapping of these young women, along with the kidnappings of countless others by Boko Haram, epitomizes ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Meeting with Federal Republic of Nigeria President Buhari (March 31, 2016)

The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: Secretary Kerry met today on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit with Federal Republic of Nigeria President Buhari. The Secretary expressed a firm commitment to continue working closely with Nigeria, highlighting the country’s importance to the region and to the continent.  He offered continued U.S. support ...
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The United States-Nigeria Bi-National Commission Joint Communique (March 30, 2016)

The United States-Nigeria Bi-National Commission (BNC) met on March 30, 2016, in Washington, D.C.  The BNC was co-chaired by Geoffrey Onyeama, Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Antony Blinken, Deputy Secretary of State, United States of America.  U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice provided opening remarks, and Secretary of State John ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry and Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama At the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission (March 30, 2016)

SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, good afternoon and hello, and welcome to the Treaty Room of the State Department.  We don’t have a treaty to sign today, but we’re delighted to be here.  I’m really pleased to be joined by my colleague Geoffrey Onyeama, and very happy to welcome his distinguished delegation here today.  The importance of ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Rivers Re-run Elections (March 22, 2016)

The U.S. Embassy is concerned about reports of violence, including the possible targeting of electoral officials, and irregularities during re-run elections in Rivers State on March 19, 2016.  We condemn the use of violence and disruptions of the democratic process.  We call upon the leadership of Nigeria’s political parties to urge their supporters to conduct ...
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U.S., Nigeria, GE Launch $20 Million Women’s Health Initiative (March 4, 2016)

Abuja – Yesterday, the U.S. and Nigerian governments along with General Electric (GE) have launched a new mother-and-child health initiative that would expand access to pre-natal screenings to more than 2 million expectant mothers across Nigeria by 2020.  The Healthymagination Mother and Child Initiative will help reduce preventable mother and infant deaths.  The $20 million ...
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U.S. Partners with Bauchi to Improve Education Quality (March 2, 2016)

Bauchi – During a ceremonial launch today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Bauchi State introduced the Northern Education Initiative Plus, a five-year program to improve educational performance.  USAID will invest approximately $58 million to strengthen Bauchi State’s ability to deliver quality education to children and serve as a model for other states.  ...
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The U.S. and Coca-Cola Contribute to Clean Drinking Water in Cross River State (February 19, 2016)

Lagos – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Coca-Cola Company have announced support for a new program under their Water and Development Alliance (WADA) project. The $2 million project will provide up to 100,000 citizens in Cross River State with access to safe drinking water and good sanitation facilities by 2019. This joint investment ...
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U.S. Embassy Condemns Suicide Attacks Against IDPs in Dikwa (February 11, 2016)

The U.S. Embassy condemns the reported suicide attacks on internally displaced persons in Dikwa town, Borno state that occurred on February 9.  We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims.  The United States remains committed to assisting internally displaced populations in northeastern Nigeria through humanitarian relief efforts.  We also continue to support ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Nigerian Army Clash with Islamic Movement of Nigeria (December 16, 2015)

The United States is deeply concerned by reports of violent clashes between members of the Nigerian Army and the Shiite group Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Zaria, Kaduna State over the past several days.  While many details of the incidents that reportedly began on December 12 remain unclear, we are dismayed to learn of multiple ...
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U.S. Ambassador Expresses Concern about Clashes in Zaria (December 16, 2015)

Speaking to reporters at the American Corner in Calabar today, U.S. Ambassador James Entwistle noted the U.S. government’s deep concern over reports of violent clashes during the past several days between members of the Nigerian Army and the Shiite group Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Zaria, Kaduna State. He said that while many details of ...
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Procter & Gamble Support UNICEF, USAID Relief Efforts in Borno State (November 27, 2015)

Abuja, Nigeria – Consumer goods manufacturing company Procter & Gamble (P&G) Nigeria is supporting Nigerians displaced by the conflict in the North East with a donation of hygiene products and personal care items. UNICEF Nigeria is distributing the donation of sanitary pads, baby diapers, toothpaste, batteries, and detergent.  These items will help improve hygiene and ...
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Call for Proposals: U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2016 (November 17, 2015)

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the 2016 call for proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The AFCP was established to help countries preserve their cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for other cultures.  ...
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Open Doors Report: Sharp Increase in Nigerians Studying in the United States (November 17, 2015)

International student enrollment up 10 percent to nearly one million Students from Nigeria increased by 19.9 percent to 9,494 in 2014/15  The number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities increased by ten percent to a record high of 974,926 students in the 2014/15 academic year, marking the highest rate of growth in 35 ...
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Statement on Upcoming Elections in Kogi and Bayelsa (November 10, 2015)

As Kogi and Bayelsa states prepare to conduct important gubernatorial elections, the United States calls upon all Nigerians to refrain from advocating, fomenting, or condoning violence before, during, or after the elections.  The Nigerian Constitution itself states it is the duty of every citizen to “respect the dignity of other citizens and the rights and ...
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U.S. Ambassador’s Small Grants Program Helps Nigerian Communities in Need

 U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria James Entwistle awarded grants totaling $250,000 to 35 Nigerian community-based organizations during a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy. Through the U.S. Department of State’s Special Self-Help Program and the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, the Ambassador’s Small Grants Program provides funding for projects that will benefit and develop neighborhoods, groups, ...
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U.S. Condemns Boko Haram Attacks

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement by John Kirby The United States condemns the horrific and indiscriminate attacks at the Jambutu Mosque in Yola, Adamawa State, the Central Mosque of Polo Ward in Maiduguri, Borno State, and other locations in Maiduguri on October 23 and 24, 2015.  We offer our deepest sympathies ...
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United States, Nigeria Sign Billion Dollar Agreement to Reduce Poverty (October 4, 2015)

Abuja, Nigeria – The United States of America, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Federal Republic of Nigeria signed a developmental assistance agreement covering the next five years.  Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and USAID/Nigeria Director Michael T. Harvey signed the agreement during a ceremony on September 29 at Aso Rock ...
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U.S. Counterterrorism Training Prepares Nigeria’s Emergency Response Professionals (October 3, 2015)

 Abuja, Nigeria – Today, the U.S. government’s Antiterrorism Assistance Program (ATA) conducted a mass casualty exercise to culminate a yearlong training program with Nigeria’s emergency management agency and other security and health agencies on emergency response and management. The exercise, ATA’s largest in Nigeria, included 200 participants from the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Red Cross, ...
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Calling on Young Nigerian Leaders: Announcing the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship (September 30, 2015)

Abuja, Nigeria – The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria is pleased to announce that applications for the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship will begin to be accepted tomorrow, Thursday, October 1, 2015.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, and a key part of the U.S. commitment to ...
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United States Provides Additional Assistance to Displaced Populations in Adamawa State (September 1, 2015)

Abuja, Nigeria – U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Maria Brewer today announced the award of an $801,000 grant by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in humanitarian assistance for internally displaced populations in Jimeta and Yola in Adamawa State.  The grant will support the activities of the American University of Nigeria, Yola to improve access to ...
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U.S. Consulate Hosts Google Hangout on Visa Process August 28 (August 26, 2015)

The United States Consulate General in Lagos will host a Google Hangout on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 12 noon to help address the public’s questions about the process for obtaining American visas. On-air-personality Oluwaseun P of NigeriaInfo 99.3 FM will moderate the one hour Google Hangout session and direct your questions to three American ...
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USTDA Provides Training Grant to Dangote Oil Refining Company (July 30, 2015)

The United States Trade and Development Agency today signed a training grant agreement with Dangote Oil Refining Company to develop the critical human resources necessary to operate and maintain a Greenfield petroleum refinery. The refinery owned by the Dangote Group is located in Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria. The USTDA grant will fund a multi-year program to ...
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USTDA Partners with Nigerian Renewable Energy Company on Solar Power Project (July 21, 2015)

ARLINGTON, Va. – Today, during Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the United States, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency provided a grant to Quaint Global Energy Solutions for a solar power project they are developing in northern Nigeria. “This project is a great example of how the U.S. and Nigeria are working together to ...
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USAID, UNFPA Facilitate Donation of Birth Kits to Displaced Populations in Borno State (July 13, 2015)

Lagos, Nigeria – Today, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) received 400 birth kits from Deluxe Childbirth Services (DSC)—a medical services firm—as part of the firm’s corporate social responsibility program.   The kits will support pregnant women in internally displaced persons settlements in Boko Haram-affected communities in Borno State. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) ...
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U.S. Consulate and Ford Foundation Bring Together Youth and Civil Society to Kick-Off New Year of Carrington Fellowship (June 29, 2015)

On Wednesday, June 24, the U.S. Consulate General and the Ford Foundation brought together civil society, development practitioners, and the newest group of youth fellows to kick-off the fourth year of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI).  The event was held at the Ford Foundation’s West Africa Office in Lagos. This year’s CYFI fellows are ...
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Statement by the White House on the Visit of President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria (June 25, 2015)

On Monday, July 20, President Obama will host Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the White House.  The visit will underscore the United States’ longstanding friendship with Nigeria, our commitment to strengthening and expanding our partnership with Nigeria’s new government, and our support for the Nigerian people following their historic democratic elections and peaceful transfer of ...
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U.S. donates Insecticide-Treated Bednets to Prevent Malaria (June 19, 2015)

Cross River, Nigeria – Today, the Director U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Michael T. Harvey announced the donation of nearly four million insecticide-treated bednets to Cross River and Ebonyi States as part of the U.S. government’s commitment through the President’s Malaria Initiative and USAID to prevent malaria in Nigeria.  The cost of the bednets, ...
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U.S. Ambassador Congratulates Newest Mandela Washington Fellows (May 19, 2015)

The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General today recognized 40 young Nigerians selected to participate in the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and a key component of President Barack Obama’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa.  The White House ...
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U.S. Warns of Harm by Counterfeit Malaria Medication

Today, the Unites States government, through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced the launch of the “Make a Difference” hotline and reward program that will offer up to $10,000 (approximately two million naira) for information concerning the illegal distribution of stolen and falsified anti-malaria medication in ...
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Readout of the U.S. Vice President’s Call with Nigerian President Jonathan (April 20, 2015)

Vice President Joe Biden spoke today with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to commend him for his leadership in ensuring Nigeria’s recent elections were peaceful and orderly.  The Vice President noted that President Jonathan’s actions to accept the results and congratulate President-elect Buhari, as well as his steps to date to ensure a successful transition, have ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Nigerian Gubernatorial and State Assembly Elections (April 13, 2015)

The United States Embassy in Nigeria congratulates the people of Nigeria and the Independent National Electoral Commission for an electoral process on April 11, 2015 that generally went well across the country and built on the success of the March 28 polling process. We have seen the reports of violence and alleged irregularities, particularly in ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on Nigerian Election Results (April 2, 2015)

The United States congratulates the people of Nigeria and the Nigerian Government on historic and largely peaceful elections the weekend of March 28.  We especially applaud all voters who showed patience and demonstrated their commitment to participate in the democratic process. The United States commends Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and its Chairman, Attahiru ...
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Statement by the President on the Nigerian Elections (April 1, 2015)

The last few days have shown the world the strength of Nigeria’s commitment to democratic principles.  By turning out in large numbers and sometimes waiting all day to cast their votes, Nigerians came together to decide the future of their country peacefully. I commend President Goodluck Jonathan and President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari for their public commitments ...
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Joint Statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (March 30, 2015)

Our governments welcome the largely peaceful vote on March 28.  The Nigerian people have shown a commendable determination to register their vote and choose their leaders. So far, we have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process.  But there are disturbing indications that the collation process—where the votes are finally counted—may be subject ...
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Joint Statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

Our governments welcome the largely peaceful vote on March 28. The Nigerian people have shown a commendable determination to register their vote and choose their leaders. So far, we have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process. But there are disturbing indications that the collation process—where the votes are finally counted—may be subject ...
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State Department #YALICHAT with Young African Leaders Goes Viral

Yesterday, using hashtag #YALICHAT, more than 12,000 people joined Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel (@Stengel) for the first in a series of live Twitter chats on the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and Young African Leaders Network (YALN), briefly out-trending the ever popular hashtag #Beliebers worldwide. YALI is ...
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President Obama’s Message to the Nigerian People (March 23, 2015)

President Obama’s Message to the Nigerian People View video here: http://wh.gov/iWP3O BEGIN TEXT Hello.  Today, I want to speak directly to you—the people of Nigeria. Nigeria is a great nation and you can be proud of the progress you’ve made.  Together, you won your independence, emerged from military rule, and strengthened democratic institutions.  You’ve strived to ...
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Global Spotlight is Firmly Fixed on Nigerian Elections – Op-Ed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond(M

Nigeria’s more than 70 million voters will soon go to the polls to choose their country’s leader for the next four years. Whether the victor is incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan or opposition challenger General Muhammadu Buhari is entirely for Nigerians to decide. Around the globe, Nigeria’s friends will be united in hoping that the vote ...
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Readout of the Vice President’s Calls with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and Presidential Candidate Muhammadu Buhari (March 19, 2015)

Vice President Biden spoke today with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the Nigerian presidential election, which is scheduled for March 28. The Vice President commended President Jonathan and General Buhari for signing the Abuja Accord in mid-January as a show of their commitment to non-violence throughout the election process. ...
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U.S. Congressman Reviews Security in Nigeria in Wake of Boko Haram Attacks (March 11, 2015)

Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) is currently in Nigeria meeting with United States security and counterterrorism personnel, as well as Nigerian leaders, to review Embassy security following the recent bombings in Maiduguri, Nigeria and the pledge by Boko Haram to join forces with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Congressman Lynch is ...
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U.S Government Supports National Food Safety Workshop (March 6, 2015)

Abuja, Nigeria – A four-day national training workshop on food safety supported by the United States Government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), ends today in Abuja. The training was organized in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health, and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. This training follows the inauguration of the ...
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United States Senate Condemns Vicious Attacks by Boko Haram, Urges Credible and Transparent Elections in Nigeria

Senate unanimously condemns Boko Haram’s terrorism and urges the Nigerian government to hold safe, credible, and transparent national elections Washington – The United States Senate this week voted unanimously to condemn the vicious attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram against innocent civilians, especially women and children, and called on Nigeria’s government to ensure its upcoming national ...
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Online Media Briefing with Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. February 25, 2015

MODERATOR:  Welcome to Live at State, the State Department’s online, interactive, international press conference.  We have received questions from journalists across Africa over the last couple of weeks, and if you haven’t had a chance yet to ask your question, you can still do so on the bottom, left-hand corner of your screen now.  If ...
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United States Supports Safer Schools in the Northeast (February 19, 2015)

Abuja, Nigeria – U.S. Ambassador James F. Entwistle, joined Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in witnessing the transfer of a $2 million donation by the U.S. government to support Nigeria’s Safe Schools Initiative—a  project aimed at meeting the education needs of thousands of children affected by the ongoing ...
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Nigeria’s Food and Drug Administration Laboratory Achieves Key International Accreditation through USAID’s Support (January 29, 2015)

Abuja, Nigeria – A report from the International Policy Network documents an alarming number of people killed worldwide every day by fake medicines, especially in developing countries. The report estimates that fake tuberculosis and malaria drugs alone kill 700,000 people a year, including in Nigeria. Tackling the scourge of illegal medicines in Nigeria is a ...
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US Agency for International Development supports summit to reposition Nigeria on the global cocoa market (December 8, 2014)

Lagos, Nigeria – Amidst fears of a deficit in the global supply of cocoa, Lagos has hosted a National Cocoa Investment Summit to explore ways to re-energise the country’s cocoa industry in support of the Government of Nigeria’s ongoing effort to boost competitiveness in the industry. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with support ...
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Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence: A Global Call to Action (November 24, 2014)

Each year, on November 25, we commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the ensuing 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, culminating in Human Rights Day on December 10.  Established in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly, these events create a global platform for action by governments, organizations, and ...
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U.S. Embassy Condemns Harmful Political Rhetoric (November 20, 2014)

As Nigeria looks ahead to the February 2015 general elections, the United States strongly supports a free, transparent, credible, inclusive, and non-violent electoral process.  We are deeply troubled by Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema of Katsina State’s recent statements calling for the killing of the “cockroaches of politics.”  The rhetorical threat of violence undermines the democratic ...
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Opinion Editorial: Promoting an International Day of Tolerance for Better Health By James F. Entwistle, U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nig

On November 16th, the world community will observe the 19th International Day for Tolerance.  This day provides an opportunity to highlight the vital contribution of tolerance and acceptance to improving public health. The U.S. government is proud to partner with the people and government of Nigeria to implement the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement (November 11 2014)

Abuja – No American was involved in the Yola helicopter crash as reported on Tuesday, November 11,2014 by some Nigerian news outlets. The ‎United States maintains  a robust counter terrorism and dynamic bilateral relationship with the Government of Nigeria.  We remain committed in our support to Nigeria’s efforts to stop the abhorrent actions of Boko ...
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U.S. Government Bolsters Capacity of Nigerian Civil Society (November 10, 2014)

Abuja – U.S. Ambassador James F. Entwistle recognized Nigerian civil society today during a signing ceremony that featured 15 new grantees under the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) “Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement” project.  The grants, valued at a total of $9.2 million, will support each organization’s efforts to promote democratic reforms through greater ...
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United States Dedicates New U.S. Embassy Office Annex in Abuja, Nigeria (November 7, 2014)

In an important symbol of our commitment and enduring relationship with Nigeria, U.S. Under Secretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria James F. Entwistle, and the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Managing Director for Program Development, Coordination and Support Joseph W. Toussaint, alongside local officials, including Ambassador Usman Baraya, the Chief of ...
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Press Statement: John Kerry, Secretary of State – International Religious Freedom Day (October 27, 2014)

Freedom of religion is a core American value, but it is not an American invention. It is the birthright of every individual, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The freedom of religion is a priority for President Obama, as it is for me as Secretary of State, because it is essential to human ...
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President Barack Obama’s National Day Message for Nigeria (September 30, 2014)

Dear Mr. President: As Nigeria marks its 54th anniversary of independence on October 1, the American people join me in wishing the people of Nigeria a memorable celebration filled with joy and increased national unity. Nigeria continues to play a key leadership role in Africa and at the United Nations in promoting regional peace and ...
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Over 40,000 Nigerian Households to Benefit from U.S. Development Initiative (September 25, 2014)

Sokoto – Today, the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a five-year, $20 million project that will improve local economic development and increase the incomes of 42,000 households, contributing to President Obama’s Feed the Future Initiative to end global hunger and extreme poverty.  Working with six Nigerian civil society organizations, ...
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More than 500,000 Farmers to Benefit from Partnership to Improve Crop Yields (August 26, 2014)

Abuja, Nigeria — Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Syngenta Nigeria signed a three-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) to train more than 500,000 farmers and agro-dealers across multiple states and crops.  This MOU builds on a global MOU between USAID and Syngenta and will ensure that Nigerian farmers have access to the ...
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Questions and Answers on Experimental Treatments and Vaccines for Ebola (August 19, 2014)

This FAQ addresses questions the public has about potential treatments and vaccines for Ebola. For further information on drug development, approval process, and research please contact the appropriate agency: FDA media office:  fdaoma@fda.hhs.gov NIH media office:  niaidnews@niaid.nih.gov CDC media office:  media@cdc.gov ASPR media office:  Gretchen.Michael@hhs.gov What is ZMapp? ZMapp, being developed by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., is an experimental treatment, ...
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Nigeria, U.S. Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Electric Power (July 24, 2014)

Abuja, Nigeria — The governments of the United States and Nigeria have agreed to work together to increase access to and availability of electricity in Nigeria. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed on Thursday, July 24, 2014 to coordinate the implementation and support of institutional reforms, privatization, and regulation of the power sector. U.S. ...
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Nigeria and the United States partner to improve the quality of life for nearly 50,000 orphans and vulnerable children (July 14, 2014)

Abuja, Nigeria: Today, Mission Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Nigeria Michael T. Harvey joined Minister of Women’s Affairs Hajia Zainab Maina to mark the end of USAID’s Community-based Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (CUBS) activity. The beneficiaries and partners of CUBS highlighted the achievements and the way forward for ...
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United States Treasury Takes Next Step in Effort to Curtail Offshore Tax Evasion (June 30, 2014)

Guidance for Foreign Financial Institutions under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act Available The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued notices for foreign financial institutions (FFIs) to comply with the information reporting and withholding tax provisions of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).  FATCA is rapidly becoming the ...
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U.S. Government Transfers Military Equipment to the Nigerian Army (June 25, 2014)

Abuja, Nigeria – On Monday, June 23, 2014 in the Aguiyi Ironsi Cantonment, Brigade of Guards headquarters, Abuja, the United States Government transferred to the Nigerian Army non-lethal transportation, communication and force protection equipment in support of the Nigerian Army’s battle against terrorism. Major General Ibrahim Sani, Chief of Army Transformation and Innovation, received the ...
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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY 2014 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month (June 20, 2014)

The Department of State joins the world in celebrating LGBT Pride Month and reaffirms its commitment to the promotion and protection of the human rights of LGBT persons around the globe. In the United States, we have made marked progress in tearing down the unjust and unfair barriers that have prevented the full realization of ...
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Young African Leaders Initiative: Washington Fellows Arrive at U.S. Host Institutions (June 18, 2014)

Last weekend marked the arrival of the 500 Washington Fellows and the formal start of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) .  The Washington Fellowship aims to empower 500 of Africa’s most promising young leaders through academic coursework at U.S. colleges and universities, leadership training, networking, and professional ...
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Nigeria Placed on the Port Security Advisory (June 12, 2014)

The United States Government has imposed Conditions of Entry (COE) on vessels originating or calling from Nigerian ports, which require these vessels to meet certain security measures prior to entering U.S. ports. Twenty-two port facilities in Nigeria are, however, exempted from the COE, as they have been found to have adequate security measures in place.  (PDF 94KB) » ...
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Leads Energy Trade Mission to Nigeria and Ghana (May 20, 2014)

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker is leading 20 American companies on an Energy Business Development trade mission to West Africa, specifically to Ghana and Nigeria. Secretary Pritzker arrived in Lagos on Tuesday for a three-day visit. This Trade Mission will promote U.S. exports and expand U.S. companies’ presence in Africa by helping American firms ...
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On the Record Briefing: Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Gre

MODERATOR:  Well, thank you all for coming.  It’s a great honor for us to have Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman with us today.  Ambassador Sherman was sworn in as Under Secretary of State in September 2011.  She served as Counselor for the Department of State from 1997 to 2001, as well as Special ...
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U.S. Under Secretary of State Sarah Sewall Meets Nigerian Officials in Abuja (May 13, 2014)

United States Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Aminu Wali, Minister of Defense Aliyu Gusau, other senior Nigerian government officials, civil society, and key stakeholders on counterterrorism, elections, and human rights issues during a previously planned visit to Abuja May 12-13.  Under ...
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U.S. Ambassador James Entwistle Visits Lafia

United States Ambassador James F. Entwistle made his first visit to Lafia, Nasarawa State. The visit is part of Ambassador Entwistle’s continuing tour of the Middle Belt, to interact with the people, learn more about the security issues in the region, and to share the United States’ wishes for peaceful elections, good governance, development opportunities, ...
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Northern Education Initiative (NEI) (February 20, 2014)

Bauchi, February 20, 2014 –Today, Mission Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Michael Harvey participated in a ceremony in Bauchi marking the conclusion of USAID’s work through its flag-ship education program, the Northern Education Initiative (NEI).  Mr. Harvey said the NEI program demonstrated the potential benefits of partnership between the Nigerian and ...
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Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield to Lead U.S. Delegation at U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission Meeting (February 16, 2014)

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield will lead a U.S. delegation in the Governance, Transparency, and Integrity Working Group meeting of the United States-Nigeria Binational Commission (BNC) to be held in Abuja, Nigeria, February 17-18. The Governance, Transparency, and Integrity Working Group will look toward the continued integration of civil society into ...
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Applications Open for Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI) (December 23, 2013)

U.S. Embassy Abuja is pleased to announce that applications for the 2014 Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI) will be accepted until January 27 at http://youngafricanleaders.state.gov . Qualified applicants must be 25 to 35 years old, proficient in spoken and written English, and resident in Nigeria. Dual citizens or permanent residents of the United States ...
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U.S. Embassy Abuja Announces New Procedure for Drop Box Renewals (December 18, 2013)

Abuja, Nigeria — U.S. Embassy Abuja announced a streamlined, more convenient drop box renewal process for non-immigrant visas today. Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements listed on our web site may apply for a renewal of their U.S. non-immigrant visa without visiting the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or the U.S. Consulate in Lagos.  Applicants now simply apply online , print the renewal ...
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U.S. Department of State Launches a LIONS@FRICA Partnership to Teach Coding Skills to Africa’s Youth (December 17, 2013)

In recognition of Computer Science Education Week, the U.S. Department of State’s Global Partnership Initiative together with CoderDojo and the LIONS@FRICA partnership, launched a new initiative today called afriCoderDojo to teach youth in Africa 21st century computer technology skills. afriCoderDojo is a pan-African effort to teach young people the ability to understand and build fluency in ...
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The American People Hand Over Disaster and Pandemic Preparedness and Response Plans to the Federal Republic of Nigeria (November 14, 2013)

Abuja, Nigeria – U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Maria Brewer participated in a ceremony where she officially handed over the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Pandemic Preparedness and Response Plan, the Armed Forces of Nigeria Pandemic Contingency Plan and the Military Assistance to Civil Authorities (MACA) Disaster Contingency Plan.   (PDF 367KB) »
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Proclamation on Human Rights Day, Human Rights Week By the President of the United States of America

Six and a half decades ago, delegates from around the world convened to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, rejecting the notion that individual aspirations should be subject to the whims of tyrants and empires, and affirming every person’s right to liberty, equality, and justice under the law.  (PDF 36KB) »
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