NEWLY INAUGURATED SPECIAL ADVISERS TO PRESIDENT JONATHAN GOODLUCK

  1. Mrs. Sarah Akuben Pane          – Social Development
  2. Dr. Tunji Olagunju                    – New Partnership for African Development
  3. Mrs. Sarah Jibril                       – Ethics and Values
  4. Mr. Oronto Douglas                 – Research and Strategy
  5. Senator Joy Emordi                  – National Assembly Matters
  6. Mr. Kingsley Kuku                   – Special Adviser (Niger Delta Affairs)
  7. Dr. Pius Oshunyi Kanmi            – International Relations
  8. Professor Dan Adebiyi  – Special Duties
  9. Dr. Reuben Abati                     – Media Publicity
  10. Mrs. Asma’u Abdulkadir          – Gender Issues
  11. Mr. Sullivan Nwakpo               – Technical Matters
  12. Mr. Bashir Sufyan                     – Legal Matters, Office of the Vice-President
  13. Senator Isaiah Ballat                 – Special Duties, Office of the Vice-President
  14. Professor Ababakar Sambo      – Energy
  15. Mr. Yakubu Abdullah               – Political Matters, Office of the Vice-President

REMARKS BY FORMER CONSUL GENERAL GEOFFREY I. TENEILABE, CONSUL-GENERAL OF NIGERIA, ATLANTA, ON THE OCCASION OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL CONFERENCE OF NIGERIANS IN DIASPORA ORGANIZATION IN THE AMERICAS, NIDOA, CHICAGO JUNE 24, 2011

Hon Geoffrey Teneilabe

Hon Geoffrey Teneilabe

  1. I am delighted to be here with you on the occasion of the Annual General Conference of Nigerians in Diaspora Organization in the Americas, NIDOA. This marks my first official function upon arrival at post on June 14, 2011, indicative of the importance I attach to NIDO and its activities.
  2. I commend the organizers for putting together this elaborate event despite all the challenges that had dodged the path of NIDOA in the not too distant past. It should be realized that there is no better option in a foreign land than being each other’s keeper, pulling together, working together, sharing ideas together, which makes any community of people more formidable.
  3. For these reasons, one would advise that Nigerians should discard the idea of associations based on ethnic or religious cleavages. It is a settled policy that the Consulate-General in Atlanta accords recognition only to Associations with national outlook, character and focus to make our nation great and stand tall in the comity of nations.
  4. The aims of NIDOA are obvious. In a nutshell, it is to serve as a pool for Nigerian professionals in the Diaspora; to work for national development; to attract investment to Nigeria; to serve as vanguard for Nigerian interest in helping to improve Nigerian image by addressing the negative perception about Nigeria through exemplary character and behavior. The list is endless.
  5. I am pleased that NIDOA members are doing these and more. The contributions of members of the Diaspora world-wide in terms of remittances to the Nigerian economy stands at between $10-13 billion a year, second only to revenue from crude oil. In this respect, it is worthy of note that contributions from Nigerians in the United States make up a significant proportion of this amount.
  6. Moreover, many NIDOA members have served the Federal and State Governments in advisory and executive capacities; attracted businesses and investments to Nigeria; sent home medical and other supplies; currently operate charities and scholarship schemes for indigent students back in Nigeria, among other assistance. I applaud you for your patriotism and sense of commitment to the development of your fatherland.
  7. Please keep up the good work you have been doing and do not be tired if we ask for me. The victory of President Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR, in one of the freest, fairest and most credible elections in the history of Nigeria held on April 16, 2011 is victory for all Nigerians.
  8. The Federal Government is therefore poised to translate electoral promises into realities through its transformational agenda, aimed at making Nigeria one of the 20 most developed countries by the year 2020. To achieve this laudable goal, government does not pretend that there are no challenges.
  9. Indeed, the challenges are daunting and subsists in the area of reliable Power Supply, Infrastructure, Food, Security, workable Transportation especially revival of the railway system, affordable Housing, National Security, Poverty Alleviation, quality Education, provision of Running Water, among others.
  10. However, where there is a will, there is a way. It is for this reason that the Jonathan Administration is calling on the Diaspora community to join hands with it for the transformation of our fatherland. Little drops of water make a mighty ocean and every contribution in this endeavor counts.
  11. The Diaspora Communities of the state of Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, India, Pakistan and even Ghana made and continue to make significant contributions to the development of their respective countries. Let us wean ourselves of the idea of winning government contracts and seeking appointive executive positions, which sometimes create division among your ranks. The focus of Nigerian Foreign Policy, besides Citizen Diplomacy is Economic Diplomacy, which you can help government to drive to its logical conclusion.
  12. The Federal Government had already promised to work with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other organs of government with a view to reviewing the necessary laws to ensure that Nigerians in Diaspora exercise their franchise in future polls. Efforts are also being made by Government to put in place the Diaspora Commission for the interest of the Nigeria Diaspora Community world-wide, based on the passage of the Bill which Hon. Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Arewa initiated.
  13. Here in the United States, the Consulate-General under my watch will work and partner with you to ensure better service delivery. I commit that we must do things better for the welfare and interest of Nigerians within our jurisdiction.
  14. I thank you for the invitation and wish you the best in your endeavours.

Consulate General of Nigeria

Atlanta, Georgia.

June 22, 2011.

INAUGURAL SPEECH OF HIS EXCELLENCY, DR GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE FEDERATION, MAY 29, 2011

OUR DECADE OF DEVELOPMENT HAS BEGUN

President and Vice President of Nigeria

My Dear Compatriots, I stand in humble gratitude to you, this day, having just sworn to the oath of office as President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of our great nation.

I thank you all, fellow citizens, for the trust and confidence, which you have demonstrated through the power of your vote. I want to assure you, that I will do my utmost at all times, to continue to deserve your trust.

President Jonathan

I would like to specially acknowledge the presence in our midst today, of Brother Heads of State and Government, who have come to share this joyous moment with us. Your Excellencies, I thank you for your solidarity. I also wish to express my gratitude, to the Representatives of Heads of State and Government who are here with us. My appreciation also goes to the chairperson of the African Union and other world leaders, our development partners, and all our distinguished guests.

I want to specially thank all Nigerians for staying the course in our collective commitment to build a democratic nation. To members of the PDP family and members of other political parties, who have demonstrated faith in our democratic enterprise, I salute you.

At this juncture, let me acknowledge and salute my friend and brother, Vice-President Namadi Sambo; and my dear wife, Patience, who has been a strong pillar of support.

I thank her for galvanizing and mobilizing Nigerian women for the cause of democracy. In the same vein, I owe a debt of gratitude to my mother and late father. I cannot thank them enough.

I cannot but pay tribute to our late President, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, with whom we won the Presidential election four years ago, when I contested as his running mate. May God bless his soul.

I also wish to pay tribute to our founding fathers, whose enduring sacrifices and abiding faith in the unity and greatness of our country, laid the foundation for the nation. We take enormous pride in their contributions. The pivotal task of this generation is to lift our fatherland to the summit of greatness.

Your Excellencies, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, earlier this year, over seventy-three million eligible Nigerians endured all manner of inconvenience just to secure their voters cards, in order to exercise the right to choose those that will govern them.

At the polls, we saw the most dramatic expressions of the hunger for democracy. Stories of courage and patriotism were repeated in many ways, including how fellow citizens helped physically challenged voters into polling stations to enable them exercise their franchise. The inspiring story of the one hundred and three year-old man, and many like him across the country, who struggled against the physical limitations of age to cast their vote, is noteworthy.

Such determination derives from the typical Nigerian spirit of resilience in the face of the greatest of odds. That spirit has, over the years, stirred our hopes, doused our fears, and encouraged us to gather ourselves to build a strong nation even when others doubted our capacity.

Today, our unity is firm, and our purpose is strong. Our determination unshakable. Together, we will unite our nation and improve the living standards of all our peoples whether in the North or in the South; in the East or in the West. Our decade of development has begun. The march is on. The day of transformation begins today. We will not allow anyone exploit differences in creed or tongue, to set us one against another. Let me at this point congratulate the elected Governors, Senators, members of the House of Representatives and those of the States Houses of Assembly for their victories at the polls.

I am mindful that I represent the shared aspiration of all our people to forge a united Nigeria: a land of justice, opportunity and plenty. Confident that a people that are truly committed to a noble ideal, cannot be denied the realization of their vision, I assure you that this dream of Nigeria, that is so deeply felt by millions, will indeed come to reality.

A decade ago, it would have been a mere daydream to think that a citizen from a minority ethnic group could galvanise national support, on an unprecedented scale, to discard ancient prejudices, and win the people’s mandate as President of our beloved country. That result emanated from the toil and sacrifice of innumerable individuals and institutions, many of whom may never get to receive public appreciation for their effort.

Only a couple of days ago, I received an entry on my Facebook page. It was sent by Mr. Babajide Orevba. He wrote to inform me that I had lost a great fan. That fan was his father, Mr. Emmanuel Bamidele Orevba. The deceased, the son told me, was no politician, but had campaigned enthusiastically for my ticket. Tragically, overwhelmed by the joy of our victory, he collapsed, and passed on three days later. I pray God Almighty to grant his soul eternal rest.

The success of the 2011 elections and the widespread acclaim which the exercise received was due to the uncommon patriotism and diligence exhibited by many Nigerians, including members of the Armed Forces, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and others. Unfortunately, despite the free, fair and transparent manner the elections were conducted, a senseless wave of violence in some parts of the country led to the death of ten members of the NYSC and others. These brave men and women paid the supreme sacrifice in the service of our fatherland. They are heroes of our democracy. We offer our heartfelt prayers and condolences in respect of all those who lost their lives.

In the days ahead, those of us that you have elected to serve must show that we are men and women with the patriotism and passion, to match the hopes and aspirations of you, the great people of this country. We must demonstrate the leadership, statesmanship, vision, capacity, and sacrifice, to transform our nation. We must strengthen common grounds, develop new areas of understanding and collaboration, and seek fresh ideas that will enrich our national consensus.

It is the supreme task of this generation to give hope to the hopeless, strength to the weak and protection to the defenceless.

Fellow citizens, the leadership we have pledged is decidedly transformative. The transformation will be achieved in all the critical sectors, by harnessing the creative energies of our people.

We must grow the economy, create jobs, and generate enduring happiness for our people. I have great confidence in the ability of Nigerians to transform this country. The urgent task of my administration is to provide a suitable environment, for productive activities to flourish. I therefore call on the good people of Nigeria, to enlist as agents of this great transformation.

My dear countrymen and women, being a Nigerian is a blessing. It is also a great responsibility. We must make a vow that, together, we will make the Nigerian Enterprise thrive.

The leadership and the followership must strive to convert our vast human and natural resources into the force that leads to a greater Nigeria. The Nigeria of our dreams must be built on hard work and not on short cuts. Let me salute the Nigerian workers who build our communities, cities and country. They deserve fair rewards, and so do the women that raise our children, and the rural dwellers that grow our food.

The moment is right. The signs are heart-warming. We are ready to take off on the path of sustained growth and economic development. In our economic strategy, there will be appropriate policy support to the real sector of the economy, so that Small and Medium Enterprises may thrive. Nigeria is blessed with enormous natural wealth, and my Administration will continue to encourage locally owned enterprises to take advantage of our resources in growing the domestic economy. A robust private sector is vital to providing jobs for our rapidly expanding population. But this must be a collaborative effort.

We must form technical and financial partnerships with global businesses and organisations. We live in an age where no country can survive on its own; countries depend on each other for economic well-being. Nigeria is no different. Returns on investment in Nigeria remain among the highest in the world. We will continue to welcome sustainable investment in our economy.

We will push programs and policies that will benefit both local and foreign businesses, but we must emphasise mutual benefits and win-win relationships. The overall ongoing reforms in the banking and financial sectors are therefore designed to support the real sector of the economy.

To drive our overall economic vision, the power sector reform is at the heart of our industrialization strategy. I call on all stakeholders, to cooperate with my administration, to ensure the success of the reforms.

Over the next four years, attention will be focused on rebuilding our infrastructure. We will create greater access to quality education and improved health care delivery. We will pay special attention to the agricultural sector, to enable it play its role of ensuring food security and massive job creation for our people.

The creation of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority will immensely contribute to strengthening our fiscal framework, by institutionalizing savings of our commodity-related revenues. With this mechanism in place, we will avoid the boom and bust cycles,and mitigate our exposure to oil price volatility.

The lesson we have learnt is that the resolution of the Niger Delta issue is crucial for the health of the nation’s economy. In the interest of justice, equity and national unity, we shall actively promote the development of the region. I believe that peace is a necessary condition for development.

Fellow citizens, in every decision, I shall always place the common good before all else. The bane of corruption shall be met by the overwhelming force of our collective determination, to rid our nation of this scourge. The fight against corruption is a war in which we must all enlist, so that the limited resources of this nation will be used for the growth of our commonwealth.

I am confident that we have every reason to lookto the future with hope. We owe ourselves and posterity the duty of making this country respectable in the comity of nations. Nigeria, as a responsible member of the international community, will remain committed to the maintenance of global peace and security. We will continue to play an active role in the United Nations. Our role in the African Union, ECOWAS, and the Gulf of Guinea will be enhanced to ensure greater human and energy security.

Your Excellencies, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, this is a new dawn for Africa. We fought for decolonisation. We will now fight for democratization. Nigeria, in partnership with the African Union, will lead the process for democracy and development in Africa. In particular, we will support the consolidation of democracy, good governance and human rights in the continent. Africa must develop its vast resources to tackle poverty and under-development.

Conscious of the negative effect of insecurity on growth and development, my Administration will seek collaboration at bilateral and multilateral levels, to improve our capability in combating trans-border crimes. In this regard, we will intensify our advocacy against the illicit trades in small arms and light weapons, which have become the catalyst for conflicts on the African continent. All Nigerian diplomatic missions abroad are to accord this vision of defending the dignity of humanity the highest priority.

My fellow countrymen and women, Nigeria is not just a land of promise; it shall be a nation where positive change will continue to take place, for the good of our people. The time for lamentation is over. This is the era of transformation. This is the time for action. But Nigeria can only be transformed if we all play our parts with commitment and sincerity. Cynicism and skepticism will not help our journey to greatness. Let us all believe in a new Nigeria. Let us work together to build a great country that we will all be proud of. This is our hour.

Fellow Compatriots, lift your gaze towards the horizon. Look ahead and you will see a great future that we can secure with unity, hard work and collective sacrifice.

Join me now as we begin the journey of transforming Nigeria. I will continue to fight, for your future, because I am one of you. I will continue to fight, for improved medical care for all our citizens. I will continue to fight for all citizens to have access to first class education. I will continue to fight for electricity to be available to all our citizens.

I will continue to fight for an efficient and affordable public transport system for all our people. I will continue to fight for jobs to be created through productive partnerships.

You have trusted me with your mandate, and I will never, never let you down.

I know your pain, because I have been there. Look beyond the hardship you have endured. See a new beginning; a new direction; a new spirit.

Nigerians, I want you to start to dream again. What you see in your dreams, we can achieve together. I call upon all the Presidential candidates who contested with me to join hands with us as we begin the transformation of our country.

Let us work together; let us build together; let us bequeath a greater Nigeria to the generations to come.
I thank you! God bless you all! And God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
-Nation

APPOINTMENT OF A NEW CONSUL-GENERAL AND ARRIVAL IN ATLANTA

Hon Geoffrey Teneilabe

Hon Geoffrey Teneilabe

It is hereby notified for the information of the general public that the Federal Government of Nigeria has appointed Mr. Geoffrey Iwowari Teneilabe as the Consul-General of the Consulate-General of Nigeria, Atlanta, GA. The new Consul-General arrived Atlanta on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 and has commenced formal and informal contacts with all concerned in the Nigeria project.

The Consulate-General hereby presents the good will of the Honorable Consul-General to the generality of Nigerians and our host Nationals as well as other foreigners who are friends and partners of Nigeria, with the pledge that the Consulate-General will continue to maintain its open-door policy.

Consulate-General of Nigeria

Atlanta, Georgia
June 24, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICE – NIGERIAN LABOUR DAY

The general public is hereby reminded that Monday May 1, 2011 is Labour Day i.e. Workers’ Day. In conformity with the practice at home in Nigeria where the Federal Government of Nigeria has declared the day a public holiday, this Consulate-General shall be closed for work and shall reopen for normal business on Tuesday May 2, 2011.

The Consulate-General wishes everyone happy Workers’ Day.

Please be informed and inform all.

CONSULATE-GENERAL OF NIGERIA
ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA
APRIL 29, 2011

EXTENSION OF VALIDITY OF MRP PASSPORT

PUBLIC NOTICE

EXTENSION OF VALIDITY OF MRP PASSPORT

The general public and  Nigerians in particular are hereby notified that the federal government of Nigeria has reviewed the exercise of issuance of the E-passport, and in view of the challenges with meeting its set target, has further extended the validity of the  old Machine Readable Passport (MRP) from the earlier  date of 30th April 2011 till further notice.

2.      With this development, holders of the MRP Passports who wish to renew the validity  of the passport could do so. However, they are encouraged to obtain the E-Passport as soon as possible as the E-passport will eventually become the only officially recognized travel document in Nigeria.

3.      By virtue of the extension of the validity of the MRP passport, holders of such passports will continue to receive recognition from host and foreign authorities.

Consulate General of Nigeria

20th April 2011.

  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
  2. The General Public is hereby notified that LYNXSYS: An IT Firm/Consultant with a web site domain name NIGERIANPASSPORTNOW.COM who purportedly acts and renders Consular, Visa, Payment Confirmation and Express Delivery services on behalf of the Consultant is a Hoax and should be avoided. 
  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.