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Report From Monday’s Financial Town Meeting

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and USCIS formalizes relationships between the city and immigrant communities in GA

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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.

The history of Nigeria at a glance

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Nigeria: Factsheet

Official Name

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Geography

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

Capital City

Abuja

Type of Government

Presidential System

Head of State: President Goodluck Jonathan with President Elect, General Mohammed Buhari.

Flag

The national flag consist of three vertical stripes. The green stripe represents agriculture, while the centre white represents unity and peace.

Country Calling Code

+234

Independence Day

1st October 1960

Population

Projected to be 183, 5m UN est. for 2015.

Constitution

Federal Constitution

System of Government: Presidential

Suffrage: 18 years of age

Some Large Cities

Lagos, Kano, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Aba, Calabar, Jos, Uyo, Kaduna

Languages

English (official) Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani, Efik, etc.

Legal System

Based on English Common Law

Islamic Shariah Law (12 Northern States) and customary law.

Legislative Branch

Bicameral National Assembly, the Senate and House or Representatives

Geography

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.

Climate

Temperatures: 22-36 degrees Celsius, annual rainfall range from 381cm, along the coast to 64 cm or less in the far north.

Religions

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.

Terrain

Ranges from Southern Coastal swamps to tropical forests, open woodlands, grasslands and semi desert in the far north.

Export Commodities

Petroleum and petroleum products, cocoa, rubber. Etc.

GDP

$510billion

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.

Economy

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.

Nigeria Government Amnesty programme finds bipartisan support

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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.

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History made as Nigeria chooses Jacksonville University to educate its future oil-industry leaders

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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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  1. This to inform that the federal Government has concluded all necessary arrangements for the issuance of the Nigerian Diaspora Bond In the International Capital Market. For more details Click Here
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  3. The Consulate wishes to categorically state, that it has nothing to do with the aforementioned business concern as it cannot guarantee its Authenticity. In this light, therefore whoever conducts business with it does as his own risk.
  4. OPENING OF A NIGERIA VISA SORTING AND CLEARANCE CENTER OPERATED BY OIS SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CONSULATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA. This is to inform the General Public that a visa collection and sorting center has been opened and is operated by OIS Services on behalf of the Consulate General of Nigeria.
  5. The office is located at: OIS SERVICES Suite 204, 918 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30076 Tel. No.: +1 678 514 3263 Website:www.oisservices.com
  6. By this development, all submissions of visa applications and payments will henceforth be handled by aforementioned office, starting from Monday, May 16, 2016. Please note that, from the above stated date (May 16, 2016) the Consulate will cease to collect any visa applications and payments.