United States and Nigeria Sign Historic Agreement to Protect Nigerian Cultural Heritage

On January 20, the United States and Nigeria signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding that launches a Cultural Property Agreement between both nations. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard and Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed signed the agreement at a ceremony attended by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama and U.S. Embassy representatives. In ...
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Ambassador Leonard’s Remarks at Signing Event for the U.S. — Nigeria Cultural Property Agreement

as prepared for delivery Minister Mohammed, distinguished guests, it is with great pride and pleasure we celebrate today the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Governments of Nigeria and the United States for the protection of cultural property. As Marcus Garvey said, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and ...
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U.S. Mission Nigeria Welcomes Latest Arrival of COVID-19 Vaccines

Today, Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard visited the National Strategic Warehouse to welcome the latest delivery of U.S.-government donated COVID-19 vaccines.  She discussed COVID-19 vaccine storage and distribution with the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency Dr. Faisal Shuaib and his technical and warehouse staff. This visit marks the most recent donation ...
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An Unforgettable 2021 – Op-ed by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard

As we prepare to transition to 2022, we are grateful for the friendships, strengthened partnerships, and progress accomplished toward U.S. and Nigerian goals this past year.  On behalf of the entire U.S. Mission, I extend our warmest wishes for a healthy, peaceful, and joyous holiday season. At the outset of 2021, we all had high hopes of controlling the COVID-19 pandemic.  ...
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Ambassador Leonard’s Remarks for the Nigeria Tech Summit

Good morning honorable government representatives, innovators and entrepreneurs, and friends in the media.  I am so pleased to welcome all of you to the 2021 Nigeria Tech Summit. Nigeria made global headlines for a multitude of reasons this year, but I am proud to see that a significant amount of this coverage focused on how ...
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Nigeria Launches the National HIV Clinical Mentorship Program

The Honourable Minister of State for Health, Dr. Adeleke Mamora, described establishing the National HIV Clinical Mentorship Program (NCMP) as a significant landmark achievement for the HIV response in Nigeria and to build capacity and support HIV treatment and care service providers in an integrated approach. He made the statement at the formal launch of ...
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Ambassador Leonard’s remarks during the launch of the Nigeria HIV Clinical Mentorship Program

Kano Hall, Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja, Nigeria It is my honor to be here today as part of the launch of the U.S.-supported Nigeria HIV Clinical Mentorship Program.  Today’s event is another important milestone in our bilateral relations, working with Nigeria to build the kind of robust capacity it needs to attain and sustain HIV ...
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Ambassador Leonard’s Remarks at the International Stakeholders Conference on Digital Technology and Cybersecurity

Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here with you today. Digital technologies offer exciting and incredibly promising opportunities, but they also carry with them the need to ensure an effective plan to prevent and respond to cybersecurity threats. As everyone here knows, any effective approach to cybersecurity requires the collaboration of experts across ...
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Ambassador Leonard Honors Varian and Other Stakeholders Working to Improve Cancer Healthcare in Nigeria

Lagos—U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard has highlighted the U.S. government’s commitment as well as Varian’s efforts to significantly improving public health outcomes in Nigeria.     Delivering remarks at a reception in honor of Varian and attended by members of the Nigeria’s oncology community, Ambassador Leonard noted that the United States continues to lead the world in medical research, innovation ...
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Private and Public Sector Leaders Strengthen U.S.-Nigeria Commercial Ties

Lagos— Leading Nigeria private and public sector leaders work to deepen trade and investment ties between the United States and Nigeria.     Speaking at a reception in Lagos, U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard celebrated the contributions of the private sector to the U.S.-Nigeria Commercial and Investment Dialogue (CID) in elevating the business climate for improved trade relations.     ...
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250 Women Graduate from U.S. Consulate Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

Ile-Ife––A diverse group of 250 women on Friday graduated from the 3rd cohort of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a U.S. government initiative that supports women entrepreneurs around the world. Designed to cultivate entrepreneurial know-how, AWE helps women entrepreneurs connect with funding opportunities, enhance opportunities for business expansion, and increase the likelihood of entrepreneurial success. ...
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Secretary Antony J. Blinken To Mission Nigeria Staff, U.S. Embassy Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria.

AMBASSADOR LEONARD:  Thanks so much, everybody, for that warm welcome.  I just wanted to tell the Secretary that, actually, although yesterday was local staff appreciation day, we saved it for today because we wanted him to be here to celebrate, as well.  But you have before you, Mr. Secretary, our U.S. employees, our local employees, ...
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Ambassador Leonard Hosts Creative Community, Hails Growing U.S.-Nigeria Cultural Ties

Lagos––The U.S. Mission supports Nigeria’s burgeoning film industry and creative community with its participation at the 10th annual Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).   In addition to sponsoring two masterclasses in partnership with American Film Showcase and Global Media Makers, representatives from the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and U.S. companies including Amazon, Macro ...
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U.S. Supports Efforts to Strengthen Criminal Justice Administration in Ogun State

Abeokuta–– On Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard joined Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, and Chief Judge of Ogun State, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, for the launch of an electronic court scheduling and case management system for the state judiciary.      Delivering remarks at a ceremony to launch the electronic system in Abeokuta, Ambassador Leonard noted that ...
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Embassy Statement – #EndSARS Anniversary

Today is a day to reflect on the loss of life and property during last year’s #ENDSARS protests.  We appreciate the work done by the various judicial panels and look forward to the implementation of recommendations and compensation to victims of police brutality.  We support ongoing police reform efforts.  We encourage those who demonstrated for ...
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Reflections on 61 years of U.S. – Nigerian Engagement

OP-ED By: Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria  As Nigeria celebrates its national day, we celebrate our enduring bilateral partnership with the continent’s regional, political, and economic powerhouse. We appreciate Nigeria’s leadership in the region, standing up for the integrity of democratic nations in West Africa.  Nigeria was among the first to condemn ...
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U.S.-made A-29 Super Tucano Aircraft Officially Inducted into Nigerian Air Force

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

Chargé d’Affaires Kathleen FitzGibbon joined Air Marshal Oladayo Isiaka Amao, the Nigerian Chief of Air Staff, and his leadership team, including: Air Vice Marshal Jackson Andrew Yusuf, Air Officer Commanding of Air Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Pam Chollom, Chief of Logistics, and Air Vice Marshal Precious Amadi, Base Commander, Nigerian Air Force Base, Kainji ...
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Ambassador Leonard’s 2021 July 4th National Day Video Remarks

Happy 4th of July!  This year, like last, we continue to observe COVID-19 protocols and sadly we will not be gathering in large groups with our Nigerian friends and colleagues.  Due to the rapid scientific advancements achieved last year, we are in a brighter position today with effective vaccinations at work and being distributed around ...
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USAID Launches New Activity to Prevent and Treat Complications from Obstetric Fistula in Nigeria

Abuja – On June 28, 2021, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard virtually joined Minister Women Affairs and Social Development Dame Pauline Tallen to launch a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported health activity that will prevent and repair complications from obstetric fistula, a debilitating condition arising during pregnancy and childbirth endured by countless ...
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Borno State Government and the United Nations host high-level donor visit in north-east Nigeria

23 June 2021, Maiduguri – The State Government of Borno and the United Nations (UN) hosted a high-level delegation of key partners during a one-day mission to Borno State today to highlight humanitarian and development priorities in north-east Nigeria. Delegates from Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United ...
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Ambassador Leonard’s Keynote Speech at the International Albinism Awareness Day Celebration

Good afternoon! Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Governor of Plateau State, His Excellency Simon Lalong; Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Right Honorable Abok Izam; Chief Judge of Plateau State, Honorable Justice Yakubu Dakwak; Honorable Commissioners; heads of government agencies; civil societies; members of the ...
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Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard – Commissioning of Public Sanitation Facility at Kwali Market Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (ASSH) Grant

Good morning everyone! Thank you for joining us today as we recognize the hard work and dedication of your community as we celebrate and handover this project funded through the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Program. The Self-Help program started in 1964 in Togo and quickly spread across Africa as a grass-roots assistance program that allows U.S. ...
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U.S. Ambassador Joins Kebbi Governor to Launch New Partnership with WACOT Rice to Improve Food Security

Argungu — At a May 19 ceremony, U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard joined Kebbi State Executive Governor H.E. Sen. Abubakar Bagudu and private and public-sector stakeholders committed to ensuring food security in Nigeria to launch a new co-investment partnership between the USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub and the indigenous firm WACOT Rice. The ...
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Belemaoil Donates Test Kits to Support USAID’s HIV/AIDS Eradication Efforts in Akwa Ibom

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

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

Ile-Ife––A diverse group of 250 women on Friday graduated from the 3rd cohort of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a U.S. government initiative that supports women entrepreneurs around the world. Designed to cultivate entrepreneurial know-how, AWE helps women entrepreneurs connect with funding opportunities, enhance opportunities for business expansion, and increase the likelihood of entrepreneurial success. ...
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U.S. Embassy Partners with Correctional Information Management Systems of the Nigeria Correctional Service

(Abuja, Nigeria) The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office of the U.S. Embassy has donated equipment to support the Correctional Information Management Systems of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS).  Acting Controller General of Nigeria Correctional Services, John Mmrabure, received the equipment presented by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard. Noting that the equipment donation was the first ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Leonard – COVID-19 Mobile Field Hospital Commissioning Ceremony

January 22, 202 • The Honorable Minister of State for Health, Dr.  Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora • The Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Health, Abdulaziz Mashi Abdullahi • The Director General, Nigeria Center for Disease Control, (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekwazu • The Chairman of Board, Federal Medical Center, Jabi, Dr. Alex Tosan Ideh • The Chief ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Leonard During the World AIDS Day Event Hosted by the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA)

Abuja – On behalf of the entire U.S. Mission to Nigeria, I am delighted to join you today to celebrate World AIDS Day 2020.  Every year we gather to celebrate people living with HIV/AIDS, remember those who have passed on due to the disease, and thank those who continue to work tirelessly to bring this ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard during the Official Presentation of NAIIS Technical Report to Government of Nigeria

Protocols: Prof. Osagie Ehanire, Honorable Minister for Health Dr. Adeleke Mamora, Honorable Minister of State for Health Dr. Aliyu Gumel, Director General of National Agency for the Control of AIDS Heads of bilateral and multilateral partner agencies Other senior health officials and dignitaries Invited guests Ladies and gentlemen On behalf of the entire U.S. Mission, ...
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Ambassador Leonard’s Virtual Remarks at USTDA Telecoms Grant Signing

Good afternoon and welcome to this grant signing between the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, USTDA, and two Nigerian telecommunications entities – ipNX and Aldreda Fields. It is a pleasure for me to be here with Todd Abrajano, USTDA’s Chief Operating Officer and Head of Agency, to announce these two grant awards for important projects ...
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U.S. Congratulates Nigeria on Wild Polio-free Status, Calls for Vigilance and Improved Routine Immunization

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

Abuja Premier Medical Warehouse I am delighted to join you here today at the Abuja Premier Medical Warehouse – which, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health, USAID commissioned in 2017 — as the U.S. government presents life-saving equipment to the Government of Nigeria and its citizens. The 200 ventilators being transferred today are ...
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New USAID West Africa Trade and Investment Hub Will Leverage $300 Million in New Private Investment in Region

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

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