US Has Contributed $495m For Malaria Control In Nigeria Since 2011 – Symington

 

 

The United States says it has contributed $495m for malaria control in Nigeria since 2011.

This is according to a statement by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington.

Symington made this disclosure in a piece, titled ‘US salutes health champions in Nigeria leading efforts to end malaria’, to commemorate the World Malaria Day.

The US envoy said, “On World Malaria Day, the United States is proud to recognize our partnership with Nigeria and support your fight to beat this deadly disease. We salute all Nigeria’s health champions—from health workers to mothers, pharmacists to drivers, journalists to researchers, teachers to warehouse managers—and all those working to end malaria.

“As a global community, we have achieved remarkable success. Together, we’ve cut malaria mortality by half in sub-Saharan Africa and saved over 7 million lives since 2000. In Nigeria, the United States has contributed $495 million for malaria control since the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) began in 2011, distributing more than 26 million long-lasting insecticidal bed nets, 23 million malaria rapid diagnostic test kits, 52 million treatment courses, and 14 million doses of medication to prevent malaria in pregnancy. As we commemorate World Malaria Day on April 25, we celebrate this success. As the world’s leading donor in global health, the United States is committed to working with our partners to intensify efforts to end malaria for good.

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“We know fighting malaria is a smart investment to protect health, create opportunity, and foster growth and security worldwide. And we know fighting malaria together makes us more effective and achieves greater impact than any of us could alone. Countries are best positioned to beat malaria with strong partnerships behind them. American partnership—including technical and financial commitments through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) as well as the U.S. contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria—remains a cornerstone for continued global progress.

“Since 2011, PMI, led by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has partnered with Nigeria to support their fight against malaria. PMI’s transformative programs in Nigeria leverage and strengthen national leadership, resources, and systems to deliver life-saving interventions more effectively and promote enduring malaria control gains. PMI walks alongside partner countries on their journey to end malaria as an evolving, but enduring partner—promoting and building their self-reliance. PMI empowers every person, every community, and every country to fight malaria as an equal, valued, and essential partner.

“This year’s World Malaria Day theme – Zero Malaria Starts with Me – recognizes this role we all play in ending malaria. So today we call on everyone – national governments, donors, communities, families, faith leaders, the private sector, and many others – to fight this deadly disease alongside us. Together we can scale proven interventions to close coverage gaps. We can share research, best practices, and data to stay ahead. We can welcome new products, players, and processes to advance our fight.

“This World Malaria Day, we are proud to reaffirm the commitment of the United States to continuing this global progress and ending malaria in Nigeria. And I extend our hand in partnership to all of those who will join us. Zero malaria starts with me, you, and everyone working together for a more prosperous and healthy future for all”.

Gov. Yari Assures U.S. Of Free And Fair Elections In Zamfara

Gov. Yari Assures U.S. Of Free And Fair Elections In Zamfara

 

Zamfara State Governor, Abdul’Aziz Yari, has assured the United States government that the governorship and state house of assembly elections in the state will be free and fair.

He gave the assurance on Friday when he received the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, at his home town in Mafara.

The governor explained that the aspiration of his administration was to ensure that the people’s choice count ahead of the polls scheduled to hold on March 9.

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He also reiterated the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to ensuring justice and equity to all Nigerians, regardless of their ethnicity or political affiliation.

Governor Yari informed the U.S. diplomat that the nation’s democracy has come of age in the last two decades.

On his part, Mr Symington urged the people of the state to shun violence and embrace peace ahead of the polls.

His visit to the state comes one week after Governor Yari won the bid to represent Zamfara West senatorial district in the National Assembly.

Days after the elections, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, declared President Buhari the winner of the February 23 presidential poll.

U.S. Ambassador Applauds Peaceful Conduct Of Elections

United States Ambassador to Nigeria , Stuart Symington

 

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, has congratulated Nigerians for their patience and large turnout to cast their votes in Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.

In a statement, the U.S. envoy also applauded the hundreds of thousands who worked with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct the polls.

Part of the statement read, “As noted by many observer groups in their preliminary reports, this election was predominantly peaceful, and it was proof of the Nigerian people’s resolute commitment to choose their leaders. The peaceful achievement of millions was shadowed by the violence of a few.”

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While commiserating with the families of those who lost their lives during the elections, Mr. Symington asked all the candidates in the elections to honor the peace accord they signed in the run-up to the exercise.

“All should convince those who support them to refrain from using force or violence to interfere with INEC.

“No one should break the law by announcing results before INEC does, or break the peace by claiming victory before the results are final. Everyone has a common interest in showing patience as INEC collates and announces the election results,” he said.

Osun Election: U.S. Calls For Peaceful And Honest Process

U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, visits Osun State ahead of the September 22 governorship polls.

 

The United States government has called for a peaceful and honest process in the September 22 governorship election in Osun State.

U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington, made the call in Osogbo, the state capital on Friday.

“On elections coming up, that election should absolutely be peaceful, fair and honest and should reflect what all of you believe,” the U.S. envoy said when he visited the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, and that of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adegboyega Oyetola.

According to him, the electorate can only support partners in ensuring that things work out fine during and after elections are conducted.

Symington stressed that the U.S. government does not have a candidate in the governorship election or subsequent polls but was interested in a smooth electoral process.

He said, “I have had the chance now to meet with the candidate from another party. We have no candidate in any election. Our only candidate is the people of Nigeria and the process of your democracy.”

“Our only hope is that together, you will make a difference that will last for the future of all your daughters and sons. Nigeria matters and anything good that will be done in Nigeria will be done by Nigerians and not by others.

“Only partners can help but only Nigerians can make a difference that will last,” he added.

With the election coming three weeks from now, the US envoy is optimistic that residents of the state will avail themselves of the opportunity by choosing who will govern them for another four years.

U.S. Announces $102 Million Humanitarian Assistance To Nigeria

United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington.

 

United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, has announced the sum of $102 million in humanitarian assistance to Nigeria.

The funds will be administered primarily through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) offices of Food for Peace (FFP) and Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), as well as the U.S. State Department’s Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration.

During the ‘National Conversation on the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus’ on Friday, Symington said the funds will address the shelter, health and food security needs of populations in northeast Nigeria, who are battling with the effects of the Boko Haram insurgency.

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“These funds for Nigeria represent the vast majority of the U.S. government’s new $112 million infusions for the Lake Chad region,” the ambassador said.

“Our hope is that this new investment in humanitarian assistance will combine with the efforts of your government and people to move Nigeria forward on a path to peace and prosperity.”

The funding, Symington added, would provide life-saving aid to hundreds of thousands of people, including emergency food assistance, nutrition treatment, shelter, health services, safe drinking water, services for survivors of sexual violence, and support to children who have been separated from their families.

No Nigeria Without Nigerians, US Envoy Tells FG

No Nigeria Without Nigerians, US Envoy Tells FG
File photo: Stuart Symington

 

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington, has asked the Federal Government to be very conscious that there is no Nigeria without Nigerians.

Mr Symington said this on Tuesday in Abuja when he visited the House (Special) Committee on Nigerian-United States Relations/Inter-Parliamentary, headed by Mr Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma.

Ahead of the general elections in 2019, he emphasised the importance of a strong connection between the leaders and the people.

The US envoy also appealed to Nigerians to embrace peace, unity, and togetherness not only in the country but also to neighbouring nations.

According to him, the success of democracy in Nigeria will, in a long way, affect the survival of democracy globally.

Symington further recommended that the nation must fight terrorism, promote economic integration and competitiveness, describing Nigeria as one that is profoundly full of citizens who want to have a say in the development of their country.

“I have visited 35 out of 36 states in this country and all the citizens I interacted with want to play a part in the making of Nigeria,” he said.

In an earlier remark, Mr Agbonayinma thanked the US government for its support to the African nation in conflict management, civic and political engagement, as well as improved electoral administration.

He, however, told the Ambassador that Nigeria, as a nation, seeks the support of other nations to attain its desired goal in the areas of repatriation of stolen funds among others.

“We ask for your support Mr Ambassador on the repatriation of our stolen wealth stashed in the United States by corrupt persons; these are proceeds of crime and they should be brought back for the development of our country,” he said.

“Nigeria continually seek the support of the United States and other friendly countries to overcome the vices that pull our nation down. Majority of our citizenry yearn for one united country, devoid of sectionalism and nepotism, built on equity and justice,” the lawmaker added.

Every State In Nigeria Is Important To US – American Ambassador

The American Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington said that every state in Nigeria is important for Nigeria’s growth and socio-economic development.

Stuart said this, during a visit to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State on Monday, November 6, at the in Umuahia, reinstated the desire and interest of his country in the success of Nigeria.

He called on Governor Ikpeazu to ensure that his vision for the state include a platform that would create opportunities for the people to better their lives.

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“I came here for a reason and it is a profound idea, every state of Nigeria is important to Nigeria and every state in Nigeria is important to the Government and people of United States of America.

“I think as Nigeria does well by assuring all the people to work together and as Nigeria does better, I think that all of Africa and all the world will be better. The ties between our countries are strong but the most important ties we have is between our people, we have a profound interest in the success of your country and each of your people.

“There is so much to learn about your state, and need to understand your vision, and most importantly to understand what you are doing to move that vision forward. How you intend to create the opportunity for the people, young and old to have a rewarding, fulfilled and meaningful life,” he said.

Governor Ikpeazu while appreciating the US Ambassador for the visit said his administration has made several economic visits to the United States of America which has yielded results in the areas of health and commerce.

“We have benefitted handsomely in terms of health outreaches and we are working together with some of the experts in America to turn some of our health institutions into tertiary health institution where organ transplant can be carried out.

“Beyond health, we are also prepared to be part of the opportunities of the initiatives which the American Government promotes and support in Nigeria.”

U.S Ambassador Commends Nigeria’s Fight Against Hiv/Aids

symingtonThe United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, has commended the Federal Government and agencies involved in the provision of care and treatment for HIV/AIDS patients.

This is in collaboration with the American Presidential Emergency Plan for Aids Relief.

The envoy gave the commendation after inspecting a laboratory and other equipment donated by the U.S to the Aids Prevention Initiative Nigeria (APIN), a Public Health Initiative in Jos, Plateau state.

Since 2004, the Nigerian government as well as other donor agencies have been involved in providing care and treatment to HIV and AIDS patients in collaboration with the American Presidential Emergency Plan for aids relief.

An estimate of about 3.2million people are living with AIDS in Nigeria, experts say all hands must be on deck to reverse this alarming statistics.