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Philanthropist Sir Emeka Offor Donates $10 Million to Carter Center in the Fight Against River Blindness
On Thursday June 12, 2015 over 300 individuals, international communities, and Nigerians in the diaspora, including guests from Atlanta’s Consular Community, Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, The Carter Center, Board of Councilors members, Government, Charities and Corporations of Nigeria were present at the Grant Signing Ceremony that took place at The Carter Center between the Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Philanthropist Sir Emeka Offor for a partnership to eliminate river blindness (onchocerciasis) in Nigeria.
Also, in attendance were other notable personalities such as Ambassador Teneilabe, Amb./Consul General of Nigeria, Atlanta, Ambassador Howard Jester, Former US Ambassador to Nigeria, Hon. Chudi Ofodile, Former member of the House of Rep, Nigeria, Adetokunbo Kayode (SAN), Former Minister of Defense, Nigeria, Hon. Ken Nnaman, Former Senate President, Nigeria, and members of the international press.
Prior to the signing, another ceremony was held on June 11, 2015 to honour Philanthropist Sir Emeka Offor as Honorary Citizenship of the State of Georgia by the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus of the Georgia Parliament, Rep. Dee Dawkins for his contributions in the fight against diseases in Africa and Nigeria which had impacted, positively on the lives of many Nigerians through his Foundation programmes and projects.
The grant support of $10 million by Sir Emeka from the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF) is the largest grant in Carter Center history given by an individual African donor to help facilitate treatment in previously uncovered areas in Nigeria, increase distribution of Mectizan from once a year to twice a year treatment and provide treatment as needed, specifically, in states like Abia, Imo, Anambra, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, and Enugu by 2020 in collaboration with the government.
In a press interview, the Former President stated that the grant will help to extend the reach of the Carter Center’s work in South East and South South Nigeria and help accelerate river blindness elimination throughout Nigeria where The Carter Center works with the Federal Ministry of Health, including Sir Emeka’s native home, Anambra State in Nigeria, West Africa.
“ I am deeply honored to work closely with The Carter Center, through the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation to help eliminate river blindness, ” said Sir Emeka Offor. “ Nigeria has more cases of river blindness than any other country in the world. Yet, we know that with adequate resources, hard work, and perseverance, we can defeat this terrible neglected disease that can steal a person’s ability to see the beauty of the world in which we live and to enjoy a full and active life.”
“ Today’s unprecedented donation from Sir Emeka Offor Foundation will allow us to ramp up the program and close in on elimination, impacting many more people in southern Nigeria. ” said Dr. Emmanuel Miri, Country Representative of The Carter Center. “With SEOF and the Nigerian government, we believe we can surpass the caliber of success we’ve already demonstrated and will meet the 2020 river blindness elimination target in the states where we work.”
His Excellency, Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe, expressed optimism about the project’s prospects to eliminate river blindness during a private dinner reception held on June 13, 2015 in his residence at Roswell, GA. He also, commended Sir Emeka Offor for his commitment in the fight against diseases in Nigeria, urging him to continue the good work.
Since 1996, The Carter Center has assisted the Nigerian Ministry of Health in nine states to fight river blindness through community-based health education, Merck and its Mectizan Donation Program; the World Health Organization (WHO) and the WHO-World Bank African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC); the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation; the Lions Clubs International Foundation; the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); RTI International; the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Mr. John J. Moores; the former River Blindness Foundation; The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Henry McConnon; the A. G. Leventis Foundation; and many other generous donors and partners.
SIR EMEKA OFFOR FOUNDATION
The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation is a philanthropic organization based in Oraifite, Anambra State, Nigeria. The Foundation seeks to alleviate the suffering of the less privileged through philanthropy, and focuses primarily on giving support and hope to those in need irrespective of tribe, creed, religion and nation. The Foundation has affected the lives of many Nigerians through its domestic programs and projects which include youth empowerment, widows cooperative, education, health service and infrastructure development. For more information, visit: http://sireofforfoundation.org/
His Excellency Amb. Geoffrey Teneilabe, Amb./Consulate General of Nigeria, Atlanta, GA in Dallas, Texas on the set of VH1 TV Pilot that will showcase Nigerian-American bachelor Akin Ayodele, an extraordinary former NFL linebacker, and his mother, Princess Jessica Ojomo to explore the rich culture and customs of Nigeria.
On May 20, 2015 students in the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, and Civilians from forty-four countries, including Nigeria received their post graduate degree at Air War College and University in Montgomery, Alabama. Representing the Federal Republic of Nigeria was His Excellency Amb. Geoffrey Teneilabe, Amb./Consulate General of Nigeria, Atlanta, GA.
The outgoing Major General, Brian T. Bishop, Commander, Carl A. Spaatz Center for Officer Education, and Commandant presided over the graduation ceremony. A light reception was held to celebrate the graduate class of 2015, and diplomatic relations with various countries and its representatives.
Air War College is the foremost center for air-power, provides students with the opportunity to further develop the knowledge, skills and attributes required to serve as senior leaders, preparing the world’s best joint strategic leaders.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and USCIS formalizes relationships between the city and immigrant communities in GA
On Thursday, April 23, 2015 Mayor Kasim Reed and USCIS Director León Rodríguez signed a letter of agreement at City Hall in the Atrium to formalize a partnership to promote citizenship awareness and education among lawful permanent residents in Atlanta. According to Mayor Reed, the initiative will foster mutual understanding, provide educational resources for immigrants and immigrant-serving organizations to prepare immigrants for Citizenship as well as promote culture, and economic development in Georgia.
Federal Republic of Nigeria
36 States with a Federal Capital at Abuja
Geo-Political Zones: South-South, South-East, South-West, North-Central, North-West, North-East.
Number of States
36 States with a Federal Capital at Abuja
Type of Government
Head of State: President Goodluck Jonathan with President Elect, General Mohammed Buhari.
The national flag consist of three vertical stripes. The green stripe represents agriculture, while the centre white represents unity and peace.
Country Calling Code
1st October 1960
Projected to be 183, 5m UN est. for 2015.
System of Government: Presidential
Suffrage: 18 years of age
Some Large Cities
Lagos, Kano, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Aba, Calabar, Jos, Uyo, Kaduna
English (official) Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani, Efik, etc.
Based on English Common Law
Islamic Shariah Law (12 Northern States) and customary law.
Bicameral National Assembly, the Senate and House or Representatives
Location: West Africa, bordering the Gulf of Guinea, between Benin and Cameroon
Area: 923,768 Sq. Km. (356,700 Sq. miles)
Land: 910, 968 Sq. km.
Temperatures: 22-36 degrees Celsius, annual rainfall range from 381cm, along the coast to 64 cm or less in the far north.
Muslims, Christians and Indigenous beliefs
Some Ethnic Groups
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country is composed of more than 250 ethnic groups, the most populous ones are Hausa and Fulani, Yoruba, Igbo, Ijaw, Tiv, Kanuri, Efik, Ibibios, etc.
Ranges from Southern Coastal swamps to tropical forests, open woodlands, grasslands and semi desert in the far north.
Petroleum and petroleum products, cocoa, rubber. Etc.
Main Export Partners
United States, India, Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany, France.
Some Natural Resources
Natural gas, Petroleum, Tin, Iron Ore, Coal, Limestone, Lead, Zinc, Bitumen, Bauxite, Rubber, arable land, etc.
Some Political Parties
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP)
Alliance for Democracy (AD)
All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA)
Action Congress (AC)
All People’s Congress (APC),
Labour Party, etc
Some Tourist Sites
The Country hosts a vast array of tourist sites and attractions that can be visited and enjoyed given her fine tropical climate, making the country truly the heart of Africa. Some of the tourist attractions are:
Mambila Plateau: This is a high grassland plateau which is the highest in Nigeria, 5000 feet above seas level. The plateau which has undulating landscape free of insects is situated in Taraba State.
Freedom Park, Lagos: This is located on the site of the colonial prison where prominent Nigeria had their jail terms during the colonial era.
Cross River Park: The fauna species inventory of this park is very rich with many of them endemic to the area. There are 23 species of primates in the country, 18 of them are found here, like gorillas and chimpanzees.
Obuda Hills in Cross River State: The Obuda hills lies within the highlands of Cross River States and the border with Cameroon. It has a temperature climate due to its high altitude and habits the famous Obudu cattle ranch and resorts.
Zuma Rock: This is located 50 km from Abuja along Kaduna road.
Tinapa Resort: Tinapa is a business and leisure resort north of Calabar, South Eastern Nigeria associated with the Calabar Free Trade Zone. Located by the Calabar River, contiguous with the Calabar Free Trade Zone.
Obudu Mountain Resort: The resort has a helipad for access by air. At the base of the hills on which the ranch is located lies a newly built world class waterpark with state-of-the-art swimming facilities.
Yaukari National Park: This is a large wildlife park located in the South-Central part of Bauchi State, Northeast of Nigeria. Home to several natural warm water springs as well as wide variety of flora and fauna, etc.
Nigeria is a middle income, mixed and emerging economy. The country is ranked 26th in the world economy. Crude oil accounts for over 95% of exports, and world’s 8th largest exporter of oil. Currently the largest economy in Africa based on the rebasing of the economy in April, 2014. It is also on track to be one of the 20 largest economies in the world by 2020.
Why invest in Nigeria
The country’s democracy is stable and resilient.
A one-stop in place for prompt investment.
Fully liberalized economy and foreign exchange regime.
Availability of labour force that is skilled, trainable, adaptable and competitive.
Attractive and negotiable incentive package for investors.
Wide market access.
Excellent telecommunication facilities.
Constitutional guarantees and safeguards against nationalization and expropriation, etc.
On April 19, 2015 Hon. Kingsley Kuku, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme paid a valedictory visit to Alabama State. In a one-on-one meeting with the Niger Delta students at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa Convention Center, he thanked President Goodluck Jonathan, faculty, government officials, and members of the press, including his team of staff and those who have made it possible in ensuring a successful program during the past few years.
Following the meeting was a Q & A section, where he addressed students concerns, urging them to make Nigeria proud by working hard to achieve their individual goals, rather than personal interests. He also, discounted rumors that have been circulating about the new Government ending the Niger Delta Amnesty Scholarship Programme, and alluded to the fact that the program has a proven track record of academic success and high student retention rate. He ended his statement by promising continuity of the programme after Jonathan’s administration leaves office in May of 2014.
Senator, Abubakar Sadiq Yar’Adua of APC party in his speech, commended Hon. Kingsley Kuku for the successful implementation of the program, stating that Buhari’s administration believes Education is a matter of national priority for the people of Nigeria. He then thanked Jonathan’s administration for harnessing the vision of late President Umaru Yar’Adua who in June of 2009, signed an offer of unconditional amnesty for militants operating in the Niger Delta, In addition, he indicated that the new government will review all recommendations put forward.
Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe, Amb./Consulate General of Nigeria, Atlanta in his closing remarks, thanked Hon. Kingsley Kuku for his leadership, commitment, and service, saying his selfless effort in sustaining the Niger Delta Amnesty Scholarship Programme has made a difference in the lives of many students from the Niger Delta region, and a positive impact in the community. Afterwards, he added that he will greatly be missed.
History was made at the signing of formal agreement between Jacksonville University and Nigeria’s Petroleum Technology Development Fund on Thursday, March 12 at the Lobby of the Davis College of Business, Jacksonville University, 2800 University Blvd. N., making JU the first American University to teach Nigerian Students in STEM-related fields . Under the new initiative, Nigerian students will be trained in STEM-related fields to qualify as academicians, professionals and technicians.
Nigeria’s growing technical and industrial industries require home-grown talent, said Nigerian Ambassador/Consul General of Atlanta, Amb. Geoffrey Teneilabe. The country’s one hundred and twenty-eight universities are able to accommodate only about half qualified applicants. The Petroleum Technology Development Fund’s program is designed to continue Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s “Transformation Agenda” to ensure the country’s positive direction.
“We have 5,000 Nigerians studying here in the U.S., and more are coming,” he said. ““We have been producing oil and gas since 1958, but we don’t have enough local capacity to be able to sustain the industry, we need to produce manpower to move forward. Countries become leaders because of knowledge and technology, and JU is a producer of doers and thinkers. I cannot think of a better institution for this cultivation.”
The speakers and signees in attendance were; Nigerian Ambassador/Consul General of Atlanta, Amb. Geoffrey Teneilabe, Jacksonville University President Tim Cost; JU Provost, Chief Academic Officer Dr. Wenying Xu; City of Jacksonville officials, representing Femi Ajayi, Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund, Timipre Wolo, Deputy Manager of the Fund’s Industry Collaboration Unit, Salman Mo, Assistant Chief Officer of the Unit, and the first 18 Nigerian students to study at JU.
The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) is a parastatal of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources established by Decree 25 of 1973 for the purposes of development, promotion and implementation of petroleum technology and manpower needs through research and training of Nigerians to qualify as graduates, professionals, technicians and craftsmen in the field of engineering, geology, science and management in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria or abroad.
Its objectives are to help develop indigenous manpower, acquire and transfer technology and knowledge, and make Nigeria a human resource center for the West African sub-region in these fields. The program is a continuation of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s “Transformation Agenda” for the country’s positive direction.
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