Thursday, January 20, 2011

United States Envoy Visits Nigeria Over Security

US envoy visits Nigeria over security

January 21, 2011 03:29AM

The Deputy to the Commander of the U.S. Africa Command will be visiting Nigeria from January 24 to 28 to meet with the nation's security officials to evaluate the nation's security challenges relative to the continent. According to a statement from the US Diplomatic Mission during his stay, Anthony Holmes will be meeting with Nigerian military and security officials and their civilian counterparts to gain a deeper understanding of the U.S.-Nigeria military relationship, common security goals on the continent, and future priorities.

Mr Holmes will be expected to call on senior Nigerian Naval commanders and visit joint naval training facilities in Lagos. While in Abuja, he will meet with the minister of defence and address military officers at the National Defence College, before travelling to Kano to join a commissioning ceremony for a U.S. sponsored renovation of a facility for visually and hearing impaired children. The Tudun Maliki Special Education School in Kano is the only school for students who are visually impaired or hearing impaired in Kano State where a recent renovations totalling $84,600 by U.S. Mission Nigeria and Kano education authorities was carried out.

The school will also receive a total of 5,000 books and 500 mosquito nets from the USAID American Educators for Africa project.

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