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Consular members and members of the Diplomatic Corps meets in GA


Consular members and members of the Diplomatic Corps meets in GA to establish its first Organization of African and Caribbean Consular Corps of Georgia. The meeting was hosted by Amb. Geoffery Teneilabe, Amb./Consulate of Nigeria, Atl and Hon. Cynthia Lynn Blandford, Honorary Consulate General Republic of Liberia on March 24, 2015. In attendance were all Consular members and member of the Diplomatic Corps in the metro Atlanta region and the State of Georgia representing the sovereign African and Caribbean States.

According to Hon. Cynthia Lynn Blandford, the purpose of the Organization is to promote the unity and solidarity of African and Caribbean States in the United States of America to achieve a better life for the people of Africa and the Caribbean, support African and Caribbean Diaspora in terms of trade and economic development, promote educational, cultural, scientific and humanitarian cooperation as well as political and diplomatic cooperation between African and Caribbean States and the United States of America. Membership is open to Sovereign African or Caribbean State through their Diplomatic and Consular representatives.

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  • His Excellency, Prof. Adefuye, Ambassador of Nigeria to the United States represented by H. O. Balogun;
  • Consul-General of Nigeria, New York, Ambassador Habib Habu;
  • President of the Nigeria Diaspora Diagnostic and Trauma Foundation;
  • Chairs and members of the Committees of Foundation;
  • Invited Guests;
  • Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen.

Today marks a happy moment for Nigerians in the diaspora as a dream of nearly two years ago begins to unfold in more ways than one.

2. In August 2013, the Nigerian in Diaspora Organization in the Americas, Atlanta branch, in joint partnership with the Consulate-Generalof Nigeria, Atlanta, convened a conference on Diaspora Investment and the establishment of a Trauma Center, as a result of the needless and preventable deaths of our people in Nigeria that sometimes occur.

3. In December of the same year, the idea was sold to the Prof. Nat Njoku’s led Nigerian Community Organization and the Association of Nigerian Physician in the Americas (ANPA), in Charlotte led at that time by Dr. Michael Etomi and with its local chapter led by Dr. Phillip Igbeniadolor. Fortunately, the idea was enthusiastically received but with the caveat to give Diagnosis the primacy of place in the programme.

4. Subsequently, in March 2014, the Consulate in Atlanta, initiated and sponsored the maiden meeting of the programme and the idea of a Diagnostic and Trauma Center was born. Ever since, the Consulate has also sponsored all its other eight Stakeholders meetings at a cost of over US $24,000.00 besides other expenses. I am delighted to pledge that the Consulate would sustain its support to this programme and give every encouragement to the realization of its dreams and aspirations.

5. I commend His Excellency, the Ambassador of Nigeria to the United States, Professor Ade Adefuye, ably represented by H. O Balogun officer in charge of Consular matters and Nigerian Affairs, for being part of this vision. I also speciallycommend my good friend and brother, Ambassador Habib Habu for his total commitment, dedication and strong support for the initiative.

6. The commitment of the Nigerian Diplomatic Missions to this project is without question. Sadly, in the comity of Nations, Nigerian healthcare statistics appear not encouraging. The average Nigeria life expectancy is only 57 years; infant mortality is 74.09 deaths to 1,000 live births; maternal mortality is 630 deaths to 100,000 live births; accident rate is 33.7 deaths per 100,000 and diseases such as malaria, typhoid, river blindness, polio, cholera, among others are prevalent, although all is not gloom as government defeated the Ebola scourge, guinea worm has been eradicated and polio, nearly so.

7. Nevertheless, many preventable deaths are still commonplace. It is therefore, advisable to raise the bar of our healthcare system in Nigeria to save lives. For a population of about 175 million people, the available healthcare facilities, to say the least, are not only grossly inadequate but also to a large extent not very high for specialized care going by international standards.

8. As a result, Nigerians seek specialized medical attention from many other parts of the world, spending over one billion dollars a year. Yet our physicians are some of the best in the world serving other entities, jurisdictions and countries from the United Kingdom to the United States, Saudi Arabia, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, among others.

9. For this reason, there is a need for the estimated 11 (eleven) -12 million Nigerian Diaspora population from every part of the world to come together and put forth a befitting first class facility in their name as a monument of their contribution to the healthcare delivery system of their dear fatherland. We definitely would not solve all the healthcare problems of Nigeria but, together we can certainly make a difference as little drops of water make the mighty ocean.

10. I thank the Founding Fathers and Mothers of this programme for their dedication, financial contributions and invaluable time committed to this project,(could they rise for recognition please). I also thank the President of the Foundation, Chairs and members of the functional Committees, namely:

i. the Committee of the Whole;

ii. mobilization and publicity committee;

iii. finance and accounts Committee;

iv. design/technical Committee; and

v. medical/allied services committee for their times.

11. My gratitude also goes to the Planning Committee of this event for their invaluable time and dedication. Your reward will be here on earth.

12. However, I want to point out that the founding principle of openness of operations of this programme and collective ownership should continue to be the guiding principles because any deviation from it and towards exclusivity could spell disaster and scare people away. Please invite friends, relations and partners to be part of the vision. The membership of every committee and sub-committee should remain wide open at all times to everybody that wants to serve. It is an all comers affairs.

13. I wish to welcome every one present here especially those of you who have come from far and near- from Nigeria and other States in the United States to attend this event. We appreciate your time and your contributions to the realization of the programme.

14. I hope you all will find time to explore Atlanta and savour the famous southern hospitality with which Atlanta has come to be known and identified. But more importantly, I urge you all to please open your purse strings in the evening and donate generously to this worthy cause for the benefit of Nigeria.

15. Thank you for your kind attention.


Boko Haram crisis: Nigerian abductees reunited with families


A group of 158 women and children abducted by Boko Haram militants in north-eastern Nigeria in December have been reunited with their families. They were kidnapped during a raid on Katarko village in Yobe state and spent about a month in captivity.

The circumstances of their release are unclear but they were eventually handed over to the state authorities for counselling and rehabilitation.Officials said the reunion in the state capital, Damaturu, was jubilant. In April last year, the Islamist insurgents caused worldwide outrage when they kidnapped more than 200 girls from a boarding school in Chibok in Borno state, which borders Yobe.The schoolgirls have yet to be rescued despite military assistance from countries such as China, France, the UK and the US.

Of the 158 people reunited with their families, 62 were married women and the rest were children, Musa Idi Jidawa, the secretary of Yobe’s State Emergency Management Agency (Sema), told the BBC.He said husbands of 16 of the women had been killed by Boko Haram during the attack.

Muhammdu Katarko said he was very happy to see his two daughters at the reunion on Thursday.”I had given up when they were kidnapped; my hope was to see even their dead bodies,” he told the BBC Hausa service. “But fortunately I have now seen them alive, health and hearty.” One of the abductees, who requested anonymity, told reporters in Damaturu that they were treated humanely by the militants.

A screen grab showing the abducted Chibok schoolgirls - May 2014
The Chibok girls’ abduction sparked a social media campaign calling for more to be done to rescue them. She said the insurgents did not rape or abuse the women during their stay. The BBC’s Ishaq Khalid reporting from neighbouring Bauchi state says there were conflicting accounts about how the abductees gained their freedom. Some reports suggested the insurgents released them voluntarily and took them to the outskirts of Damaturu, he says.


But Mr Jidawa said the militants had come under attack from the security forces and they had run away, leaving behind their captives. The reunited families will stay in Damaturu until it is safe to return to their village, which is still occupied by Boko Haram fighters and is in an area where the military is carrying out operations.

Originally Posted by BBC News


Pres. Jonathan Inaugurates 4 Nigerian Navy Ship



President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday in Lagos assured Nigerians of routing the Boko Haram sect as he inaugurated four of the Nigerian Navy Ships (NNS). “Let me use this platform to promise my Nigeria country men and women that we will rout Boko Haram,’’ Jonathan said at the Naval Dockyard Ltd in Victoria Island venue of the inauguration. “Our capacity has increased sufficiently and our officers and men are doing wonderfully well in the north and we must conduct our elections as scheduled by INEC. “I commend the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Usman Jibrin, Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh and other service chiefs, officers and ratings who have made this inauguration possible.” Jonathan, who said crude oil theft had reduced, added that he was delighted to witness the inauguration of the four new ships that were added to the Nigerian Navy fleet. “As the lead maritime security agency, therefore, the NN deserves all the support it needs to effectively carry out its statutory roles. “The four ships being inaugurated today are part of a total of eight ships that are expected to be commissioned into the NN fleet in 2015,” he said.

The president said the inauguration gave him the opportunity to once again reaffirm his confidence in the competence and commitment of the officers and ratings in the Nigerian Navy. After inaugurating the ships, Jonathan proceeded into NNS Centenary, alongside senior officers, ministers, Oba of Lagos and some members of the Navy Officers Wives Association (NOWA) for inspection. In his speech, Jibrin also said the Nigerian Navy would not have achieved the meaningful progress it had made in its fleet re-capitalisation effort without the active support of the Federal Government. He thanked the president for his resolve to emplace strong and a virile Navy capable of protecting Nigeria’s maritime interest against all forms of threat. NAN reports that the ships; NNS Centenary, NNS Prosperity, NNS Okpabana and NNS Sagbama were handed over to their commanding officers. Jibrin handed over the ships to Capt. CD Okehie, Capt. MY Abba, Capt. AM Ibrahim and Capt. BK Effiong respectively.

According to the CNS, NNS Okpabana is to be enrolled in the NN as a frigate with capabilities for long endurance patrol of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). “The NNS Centenary’s main mission will include maritime surveillance, EEZ, patrol and response task and protection of offshore resources and infrastructure. “The Centenary is to also provide aid to civil authority when call upon to do so in period such as civil unrest and natural disaster among others. “NNS Sagbama is a river town patrol vessel, while NNS Prosperity is to be enrolled into the NN as a training ship for junior officers and ratings,” he said. The dignitaries present were Minister of Defence, Aliyu Gusau, Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah, Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh and Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu, Others are the Oba of Lagos, Riliwan Akiolu, members of the diplomatic corps, and ministers.







On Friday February 6, 2015,  The Pan African Graduate and Professional Student Union at the University of Pittsburg held its first Africa Leadership Lecture series at the O’Hara Student Ballroom (4024 O’Hara St., Pittsburgh).

The event started with a tour of the Brother’s Brother Foundation facility. Welcome remarks were made by Dr. Alberta M. Sbragia, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies. The keynote address was delivered by Amb. Geoffrey Teneilabe, Amb./Consul General of Nigeria, Atlanta GA, remarks by Hon. Da Silva, Hon. Smith, and Mr Rufus of UAC. Followed by Questions and Answer from audience, including refreshments. For more of Amb. Teneilabe’s Opening Remarks, click here

The closing remarks and presentation of certificates of appreciation was presented by Dr. Macrina Lelei, Director of African Studies. The event ended with a round table discussion, and a dinner reception with leaders of the African Community, and the PANAF e-board.

The Africa Leadership Lecture series is an initiative is to bring awareness, and create a dialogue on how to elevate hunger, and poverty in Africa. See video and pics below:



Recap: Obama’s U.S.-Africa Forum Will Catalyze $14 Billion In Business Deals



“Africa is no longer a sleeping giant but is awake and open for business.” These words from a rising South African leader at last week’s Young African Leaders Summit could not be more accurate: Africa might well be the biggest market opportunity in the global economy today, and U.S. companies cannot afford to miss out.

For decades, the U.S.-Africa economic relationship has too often taken a back seat to other pressing issues and priorities. Yet right now, our commercial partnership—between governments, among businesses, in markets on both sides of the Atlantic—is as important as ever. Strengthening and deepening that pillar of our alliance will prove a net gain for workers, entrepreneurs, and communities in the United States and across Africa.

The continent’s economic potential is enormous. Africa is home to six of the world’s ten fastest-growing economies. Its GDP is expected to rise six percent annually over the next decade. Real income has increased more than 30% over the last 10 years, and many African governments are making investments in infrastructure, education, and health care that are improving millions of lives. Yet investment by U.S. companies in Africa remains too low.

This fact has negative consequences for the U.S. and African economies, and it is one of the reasons that Bloomberg Philanthropies and the U.S. Department of Commerce are co-hosting the first-ever U.S.-Africa Business Forum, as part of President Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit.

The forum is a chance for President Obama and 45 African heads of state to talk directly with CEOs from both sides of the Atlantic, and for businesses to learn more about potential investment opportunities. We came together to host the Business Forum out of a sense of real urgency.

In the years to come, as Africa accounts for an increasing share of the world market, companies that want to remain competitive globally will need to have an African presence. The growing demand for goods and services in Africa can increase U.S. exports and create more jobs here at home, and more trade and investment in Africa will be critical to America’s leadership in the global economy.

At the same time, American companies bring unique experience and expertise that can help African countries meet their development goals. Make no mistake: the U.S.-Africa relationship is a two-way street. America and Africa have a lot to gain through closer economic ties. And to start, we expect today’s forum to serve as a catalyst for more than $14 billion in business deals with benefits that travel in both directions across the Atlantic.

We know what is possible when American companies work hand-in-hand with African counterparts: we can help raise living standards and pave the way for future growth. For example, IBM IBM -0.95% has opened Africa’s first major commercial technology research lab in Kenya to pioneer consumer-facing innovations aimed at African markets. Even a smaller enterprise like Charlotte, North Carolina-based SEWW Energy is leading the way to upgrade Accra’s electricity grid.

We have only begun to scratch the surface, and we are both acting to strengthen this partnership. The Obama Administration’s SelectUSA initiative – the first government-wide effort to attract and retain investment in the United States that is housed at the Commerce Department – works every day to encourage investment by African firms in U.S. communities, which will support and create American jobs.

In May, the Commerce Department led a trade mission to Ghana and Nigeria with 20 U.S. energy companies that want to bring electricity to the 600 million Africans who still lack it. Those investments will improve lives and bring revenue to American companies, while helping create conditions for further investment in Africa.

Bloomberg LP has worked with 15 market exchanges in regions across Africa to make local market data more accessible, reliable, and transparent. This is helping African companies raise money to invest, expand, and create jobs – and helping better connect Africa to the global economy.

Africa’s economic ascent is still just beginning. The U.S.-Africa Business Forum will serve as a reminder that both Africa and America are awake and open for business. And by investing in our partnership, we will invest in prosperity on either side of the Atlantic.


WRITTEN BY: Michael Bloomberg and Penny Pritzker


Women receive a place of pride under Jonathan’s administration – Minister


The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for appointing more women into key positions in his administration. While taking her turn at the 2013 Ministerial Platform, the Minister said 13 women were appointed into the Cabinet as ministers while five others were made special advisers.

This is, apart from the 10 ambassadors, 11 permanent secretaries and 16 women as judges including the Chief Justice of the Federation and other juicy positions. Hajiya Zainab Maina disclosed that efforts are being intensified to ensure the implementation of policies and programmes on the welfare and development of women, children, and persons living with disabilities and the elderly as a strategic tool for development.

According to the Minister, the National Assembly is working on some bills relating to the welfare of women to the elderly in order to make them more comfortable and incorporate them into the mainstream of the society. The Minister said the Ministry of Women Affairs is working with other MDAs like the Ministry of Agriculture, to procure labour-saving farming equipment/implements for women farmers and this will soon be introduced while capital support will be provided to women farmers’ cooperatives and groups, in an effort to enhance their productions and increase farm output.

On Child Rights Acts, the Minister said, the Ministry is making efforts to ensure that the Nigerian child does not suffer any form of injury as the law is being implemented accordingly. Hajiya Zainab Maina, made bold to say that, what President Goodluck Jonathan did for the Nigerian women in just a span of two years, has superseded by far, what other Nigerian leaders did within 98 years of our nation.



  1. Improvement in Economic Indices – In October 2011 International Ratings agency, Fitch Ratings revised the country’s Outlook upwards from Negative to Stable.

  2. Standard and Poor’s another internationally respected and independent ratings agency, revised Nigeria’s ratings from stable to Positive.

  3. Implementation of Niger Delta Amnesty Scholarship Program

  4. Signing into law the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Bill 2010 (Local Content Bill) which has increased Local Content in the Oil and Gas sector.

  • As a direct result of that law Royal Dutch Shell awarded a N7.8 billion ($49.9 million) contract to a Nigerian firm, S.C.C Limited, for the manufacture of high pressure line pipes that would otherwise have been awarded to a foreign firm.

  • As a result of this law, Exxon Mobil awarded an off shore platform contract to a local firm, NigerDockNig. PLC that would otherwise have been awarded to a foreign firm.

  1. Initiated the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF). A seed capital of $1 billion was provided to kick start the fund as well as establish three sub funds- the Nigeria Infrastructure Fund; the Future Generations Fund and the Stabilization Fund which will be the pillars of the SWF.

  2. Launched the Youth Enterprise with innovation in Nigeria (YOUWIN) initiative on the 11th October 2011 which is the administration’s job creation center piece.

  3. CNN Lists Nigeria as 3rd Expected Fastest Growing GPD.

  4. Launched the Public Works Women and Youth Empowerment programmer, an intervention programmer designed to employ 370,000 youths in the year 2012 with 30% of those jobs being reserved for women.

  5. Secured investment commitments worth 4.89 Trillion Naira.

  6. Launched the NigComSat-1Rsatellite which will help expand Internet Bandwidth, monitor the weather and provide early warning to prevent natural disasters like floods, crop monitoring and urban planning. It has the attendant benefit of reducing the over $1 billion spent in purchasing Internet Bandwidth from abroad.

  7. Nigeria’s banking industry rescued and stabilized by the establishment of the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) in the year 2010.

  8. MasterCard made Nigeria its regional headquarters for its West/East and Indian Ocean islands zone raising the profile of Nigeria’s e-commerce industry.

  9. Nigeria’s GDP grew by a record 8.29% during the last quarter of 2010 and by over 7% in 2011. In the first quarter of 2012 Nigeria had verifiably become the third fastest growing economy in the world as recently attested to by several multilateral bodies and trading partners.

  10. Revival of the Textile industry via the 150 billion Naira Textile Industry Bailout, as a result the United Nigerian Textile Limited was reactivated amongst others and over 2000 employees re-engaged

  11. Non-oil exports from 2010 (standing at $2.3 Billion) and subsequent years are ten times what they were in 2000 (which were $200 Million) as a direct result of this administration’s intervention in the Textile Industry and Real Sector.

  12. Implemented the National Transformation in priority areas, including power, rehabilitation and expansion of national infrastructure, agricultural development, education and employment generation.

  13. Created an estimated 1.6 million new jobs in 2013 as a result of his government’s policies and actions.

  14. Implementation of the National Industrial Revolution Plan, NIRP, aimed at industrializing Nigeria and diversifying the economy into sectors such as agro-processing, light manufacturing, and petrochemicals.

  15. Common External Tariff, CET, agreement with the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS to protect the country’s strategic industries from foreign domination.

  16. Nigeria moved from being a net importer to a net exporter of cement, with its production capacity growing from just 2 million metric tons in 2002 to about 28.5 million metric tons today.

  17. Nigeria named by UN Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD as the No.1 destination for investments in Africa.

  18. Distribution of fertilizers and seeds to about 4.2 million farmers, directly through an e-wallet system.

  19. Building of 72 new libraries in Federal Unity Schools and laboratories rehabilitated in all the 51 Federal and State polytechnics across the country.

  20. Privatization of 10 power plants under the National Integrated Power Projects, NIPP to ensure effective evacuation and distribution of power generated, an addition of $1.5 billion was advanced for the upgrade of the transmission network to boost electricity

  21. Cut down on public expenditure and wastage by government personnel in all ministries, departments and agencies.

  22. Deployment of the three electronic platforms namely, the Treasury Single Account, TSA; the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System, GIFMIS; and the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS- to curb leakages in the system.

Nigerian Governor By State


Current Governor


Elected/Took office

Abia State

Theodore Orji



Adamawa State

Bala Ngilari



Akwa Ibom State

Godswill Akpabio



Anambra State

Willie Obiano



Bauchi State

Isa Yuguda



Bayelsa State

Seriake Dickson



Benue State

Gabriel Suswam



Borno State

Kashim Shettima



Cross River State

Liyel Imoke



Delta State

Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan



Ebonyi State

Martin Elechi



Edo State

Adams Oshiomhole



Ekiti State

Ayo Fayose



Enugu State

Sullivan Chime



Gombe State

Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo



Imo State

Owelle Rochas Okorocha



Jigawa State

Sule Lamido



Kaduna State

Mukhtar Ramalan Yero



Kano State

Mohammed Rabiu Kwankwaso



Katsina State

Ibrahim Shehu Shema



Kebbi State

Usman Saidu Nasamu Dakingari



Kogi State

Idris Wada



Kwara State

Abdulfatah Ahmed



Lagos State

Babatunde Fashola



Nasarawa State

Umaru Tanko Al-Makura



Niger State

Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu



Ogun State

Ibikunle Oyelaja Amosun



Ondo State

Olusegun Mimiko



Osun State

Rauf Aregbesola



Oyo State

Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi



Plateau State

Jonah Jang



Rivers State

Rotimi Amaechi



Sokoto State

Aliyu Wamakko



Taraba State

Danbaba Suntai



Yobe State

Ibrahim Geidam



Zamfara State

Abdul-Aziz Yari Abubakar




Current Minister


Took office

Abuja F.C.T.

Bala A. Muhammed


Nigeria Launches Youth Employment In Agriculture Programme


The Youth Employment in Agriculture Programme is a youth-led initiative to get youths involved in agriculture by forging  a plan that would create the next “Nagropreneurs’’ in the country. To this end, the FMARD has established in the last one year a Youth Department which coordinates all YEAP activities and ensures that there is proper monitoring and evaluation of impact.

The Fund for Agricultural Financing in Nigeria is an innovative initiative, designed to transform the agriculture finance landscape in Nigeria, given the strategic importance of agriculture to the Nigeria economy, FAFIN aims at catalyzing an agriculture-led inclusive economic growth  through innovative financial  support for agricultural productivity, value-added processing and market linkages. The Funds will be assessed by agricultural smallholders and SME’s.

The government also launched a fund that would finance agriculture in Nigeria, creating an opportunity for young Nigerians to access finance for agricultural ventures. The two programmes launched are targeted at reaching up to 750,000 Nigerian units over five years with financial support to enable them establish and run wealth creating agribusiness enterprises as Nigeria is making efforts to diversify its economy that has depended hugely on revenues generated from sales of crude oil. The diversification of the economy has become a priority of the government at a time that the price of crude has continued to drop.

Prior to the discovery of crude in Nigeria, agriculture has been the mainstay of the economy of the nation, with large arable land left uncultivated. Unemployment among youths has been identified as one of the biggest challenges facing Nigeria and for the President, time has come to create jobs and lay a new foundation for Nigeria’s economy to grow.

Also, the Ministry of Agriculture has mapped out over $15 million investments, with the support of other world bodies like the German Development Bank, and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority while the Federal Government has promised to create the enabling environment for the Nigerian youths to grab the opportunity.

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