The United States Consulate General, Claire Pierangelo has reassured that, in 2022, the State will break ground on its new Consulate Compound at Eko Atlantic City, symbolising the U.S. sustained investment in Nigeria and its focus on the Nigerian people.

In a statement issued by Information Specialist, Public Affairs Section (PAS) U.S. Consulate General, Temitayo Famutimi, the Consulate recalled that $1.02 million was awarded to civic organisations to implement projects across the 17 states in southern Nigeria early this year.

The funded projects, according to the statement, Famutimi, addressed the themes of bolstering outreach to underserved communities, promoting respect for human rights and transparency in government, empowerment of women and youth, and teacher training and STEM education. Other themes included entrepreneurship, media literacy, combatting misinformation as well as fostering a robust alumni network.

He said the Consulate supported United States exchange alumni efforts to utilise the skills, knowledge, and networks gained through their exchange program experiences to address challenges faced by communities across southern Nigeria.

Famutimi noted that the alumni-led projects were selected for their strong sustainability plans, and many will continue past the grant period through volunteer work and other funding sources.

U.S. Consulate Public Affairs Officer, Stephen Ibelli praised the U.S. alumni commitment in working to improve the lives of community members through sustainable projects.

According to him, the Consulate’s alumni focused grant projects is part of the U.S. government’s efforts to support Nigeria’s economic development, improve livelihoods, and strengthen communities.

“We are proud to work with such an immensely energetic and creative community of alumni-led organizations and individuals committed to strengthening communities and empowering fellow Nigerians,” Ibelli stated.

Reflecting on 2021, Ibelli noted that seven new American Spaces were opened in southern Nigeria, including a flagship American Corner in Ikeja, as part of the U.S. Consulate efforts aimed at bolstering its public engagement efforts.

The Consulate also trained 250 women through the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) providing them with skills to grow their businesses and contribute to the growth of small and medium enterprises in Nigeria. Some of our AWE graduates received funding from the U.S. Africa Development Foundation and local funding sources to scale their businesses.

Pierangelo also supported the shipment of 250 dairy cows to Ekiti State to boost milk production, and introduced biotech cowpea to increase farmers’ yields and improve food security in Nigeria.