U.S. Urges Nigerians To Stop Violence Against Women, Children


The United States Consul General, John Bray, has urged Nigerians to take a firm stand against impunity, stigma and the culture of silence which fuel violence against women and girls in the country.

Bray made the appeal on Monday while speaking at a public lecture organized by the rights group Women Arise and the United Nations Information Centre in Lagos.

He said, “Women and girls in Nigeria must join their sisters across the world in raising their voices to say that we must break the culture of silence by bringing these stories to light. It is only by such exposure that we can rapidly bring the violence against women and girls to an end.”

The U.S. envoy also called for a joint action by different stakeholders to forestall violence against women while taking legal action against offenders.

He added, “We must work together as stakeholders, in order to be proactive and curb the violence against women and girls Where we fail to prevent such violence, it also important to make those who engage in violence and abuse know that there will be no impunity for their crimes, that society is outraged by such behaviour and they will be identified, they will be denounced, prosecuted, and punished.”

The event is to mark the commencement of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

Other speakers at the event included the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Idiat Adebule; human rights activist and founder of Women Arise, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin; among others.


State Development: US Envoy John Bray Hails Ayade’s Administration


United States Consul General to Nigeria, John Bray, has hailed the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade on the development so far in the state.

Mr Bray expressed satisfaction over the industrialisation drive of the Ben-Ayade administration within his three years in office.

He made this known during a visit to the state on Friday.

Mr Bray during his visit inspected the Cross River Garment Factory, the Rice Seeds and Seedlings Factory, the Calabar Pharmaceutical Company and the 21 megawatts power plant.

Speaking shortly after being conducted around the several industries built by the Ayade-led administration, Bray disclosed that, he was impressed seeing such development happening in a state in Nigeria.

On possible areas of collaboration between the United States and Cross River, the US Consul said it was obvious that such existed already with the American-made tractors on the ground at the rice seeds and seedlings factory as well as American engineers at the power plant.

He gave a scorecard of his achievements three years in office; Ayade maintained that all his projects are service driven as his government is about service.

Runway Jazz: Fashion and Music Meet At International Jazz Day Celebration

Runway Jazz The much anticipated event, Runway Jazz, which brought together lovers of the classy worlds of music and fashion at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos was truly an unforgettable night.

The event highlighted incredibly thrilling performances from both local and foreign artistes, accompanied by a riveting fashion show featuring top designers like Yomi Casual, Queen Ahneva, Wearable Art and Frank Osodi.

Jazz and fashion lovers, all beautifully dressed for the occasion, enjoyed every moment of it as the musical arts rocked the stage leaving the audience craving for more.

Comedian Bovi kept the audience entertained with his quick and witty presentations through the night.

Runway Jazz resonated a high level of class, style and grace as notable dignitaries graced the event.

They include the Consul General of the American Embassy, John Bray; Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chief Femi Otedola, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, Folusho Phillips, Frank Nweke Jnr, and several celebrities from the entertainment industry.

The historic and entertaining concert marks the global celebration of UNESCO’s International Jazz Day, and shares the mandate to promote global peace, unity, diversity and dialogue among nations through music.

It was an evening to remember and it left guests in high spirits.

With the successful outing, one would be right to say the Runway Jazz should be a credible addition to the entertainment calendar for years to come.


Akwa Ibom Promises Maximum Support To Foreign Investors

Akwa IbomThe Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel says his administration will give maximum support to interested foreign investors to ensure the safety of their investment in the state.

Governor Emmanuel gave the assurance when the Consul General of the United States of America visited him at the Government House, Uyo.

Describing the state as a virgin land blessed with abundant human and natural resources yet to be harnessed, Governor Emmanuel noted that apart from the abundant oil and gas reserves, the agricultural sector presents great opportunities for profitable investment in the state.

He said that his administration is founded on accountability and transparency in line with global best practices, adding that the state has put basic infrastructure in place to support accelerated economic development.

The Consul General of the United States of America, John Bray, said that his team’s visit was aimed at identifying investment opportunities available in the state with a view to furthering the age long collaboration existing between Nigeria and his country.

He listed security, reliable infrastructure, transparency and accountability in line with global economic practices as fundamental to successful business.

US Partners With Anambra Government On Development

obiano-anambra Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has announced a partnership with the United States in the four key areas of his development plan for the state.

The Governor made the announcement  on Saturday after a closed door meeting with the United States Consular General in Lagos, John Bray, at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

The key sectors include: Agriculture, trade and commerce, oil and gas, and industrialisation.

Governor Obiano said that waste management and education would also be taken into perspective.

He noted that another meeting had been scheduled where the two parties would study carefully the proposed details of collaboration that would accelerate the development of the state.

The Consular General commended the Governor for the increased security arrangement in the state which he said would guarantee the safety of residents and visitors.

Mr Bray also commended the impressive road network which he said could not be found in several other states.

He, however, said the visit was a fact finding one in which the information gathered would be taken home for processing.

IGP Seeks Foreign Support For Nigeria Police

IGP_NewThe Inspector-General Of Police, Suleiman Abba,  has asked the United States and other international partners of Nigeria to support the Nigeria Police Force.

At a meeting with the Deputy Head of Missions of the United States, Mr John Bray, the inspector-general said the Nigeria Police will require more assistance in training and equipment, especially with the drive by the Federal Government to recruit over fifteen thousand officers to increase the manpower of the law enforcement agency.

He gave the assurances that the collaboration would be reflected in the policing of the entire country.

Mr Abba hoped the relationship “will not only continue, but will continue to strengthen this particular relationships in this particular area but perhaps in other areas that have not been exploited such as the community policing.

“That was commenced very long ago and I must say that I am not too happy with the state of things as far as community policing is concerned”, he opined.

He further noted that community policing will be one of the areas where he will be putting a lot of pressure “on the mission to ensure that it is fully resuscitated so that we benefit immensely from it”.

Mr Abba also noted that “several efforts are being made by the present government to reform the Nigeria Police so that we achieve the requirement in both. I am aware that is approval already in terms of recruiting more personnel for the Nigeria Police and this we hope will commence soon.

“Whatever we will benefit in this kind of mutual gathering, we will get it and make sure it is in the interest of every Nigerian”, he said

Mr Bray gave the assurance that the United States of America will continue to support the Nigerian Police especially in its counter-terrorism operations.

Mr Bray said we have a very long relationship with your service here. We have always been able to depend upon you and hopefully you have been able to depend on us” adding that “we look forward to continuing the good relationships we have into the future, which includes anti-terrorism training.

“We have done enough to work with your explosives experts in the north and we have done a lot of help with your investigative team, so we hope we can continue this cooperative relationship” he said.