Routine Message to U.S. Citizens: Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Location:  Lagos, Nigeria Date:  March 5, 2021 Event:  Virtual Town Hall Meeting The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and Consulate General in Lagos are pleased to announce a virtual town hall for U.S. citizens on Friday, March 5.  Consul General Claire Pierangelo will welcome participants, followed by keynote remarks from Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard.  Consular Officers, the ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Leonard – COVID-19 Mobile Field Hospital Commissioning Ceremony

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

Location: Worldwide – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19. Event:  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and ...
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Looking Back on 2020 with a sense of optimism toward 2021

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

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

December 1, 2020 – Every year on December 1 we commemorate World AIDS Day. This year, the U.S. Mission recognizes and honors those we have lost to HIV/AIDS and the resiliency of those who fight for epidemic control in Nigeria. The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day is ‘Resiliency in HIV programming in the ...
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Handover of AFRICOM-Supported COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment

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

Good morning.  I am thrilled to be here with you all on this Air Force base, the site of a newly certified treatment center to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak here in Nigeria.  As we all know, COVID-19 has impacted the entire world.  There have been nearly 47 million cases globally, and Nigeria still remains ...
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U.S. supports Government of Nigeria with $2.1 million to better understand the extent of COVID-19 infection in the country

Abuja – The United States Government, through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is supporting the Government of Nigeria to conduct a household survey to determine the extent of COVID-19 transmission in the states of Gombe, Enugu, and Nasarawa.  The survey will increase the current understanding of COVID-19 transmission and burden in ...
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Statement from Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on the African Development Bank Annual Meeting

WASHINGTON – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement upon the conclusion of the African Development Bank Annual Meeting: “I commend the African Development Bank’s Board of Governors for reaffirming its commitment to the highest standards of governance and taking the opportunity at its Annual Meeting this week to dedicate resources to update its ...
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U.S. Government Donates Brand-New Ventilators To Help Nigeria Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

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

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama.  Secretary Pompeo expressed condolences for the loss of life in recent ISIS West Africa attacks in the northeast, and the two discussed Nigeria’s ongoing civilian protection and counter-terrorism efforts.  Secretary Pompeo and Foreign ...
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U.S. Supports Upgrade of State Emergency Operations Centers to Respond to COVID-19

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

In recognition of the month of Ramadan, U.S. Embassy Abuja partnered with the KDC Foundation and the Al Habibiyyah Islamic Society to donate a week’s worth of groceries to 180 families in Kano and Abuja. Both organizations identified vulnerable families in Abuja and Kano and distributed staple food items such as rice, beans, and millet ...
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Telephonic Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Africa and the U.S. Response with Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs

Download or listen to the audio file  here . Moderator:  Good afternoon to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub.  I would like to welcome our participants dialing in from across the continent and thank all of you for joining this discussion. Before we begin today’s briefing, I would like to establish the ...
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USAID Helps Keep Bauchi Students Learning Under Lockdown Through E-Learning Collaboration

Bauchi State, Nigeria – To help keep students busy during the COVID-19-induced break from classes, USAID has partnered with UNICEF and the Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) among other partners to develop a multimedia e-learning program that will reach more than a million primary, secondary, and koranic school students in the state. Under ...
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Transcript: Special Background Briefing via Telephone – Senior Administration Official on COVID-19 in Africa and the U.S. Response

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

By: Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria The story of U.S. leadership in the global battle against Covid-19 is a story of days, months, and decades. Every day, new U.S. technical and material assistance arrives in hospitals and labs around the world. These efforts, in turn, build on a decades-long foundation of American ...
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COVID-19: U.S. Repatriates 997 Americans Back Home

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

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