United States’activities in Nigeria are aimed at ensuring the well being of Nigerians by supporting initiatives that promote Nigerian economic development and good governance.
The Consul-General of the US Consulate in Lagos, Mr John Bray, said US’s main objective in Nigeria is to support the national aspiration for the development of the country.
Bray spoke at the graduation for Fellows of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI).
“Our objective at the US Consulate General in Lagos is to support efforts that address Nigerian issues, particularly economic development, access to health care, peace and security and transparency and good governance,” Bray said.
He noted that the US Consulate- General launched the CYFI in 2011 with the goal of bringing together youths to design and implement projects focused on societal innovation.
He pointed out that the CYFI projects from last year had been inspiring as participants taught indigent youths to farm, develop the next generation of young female coders, improved the health of women by promoting early detection of cervical cancer and taught young men that they can speak out about their abuse at the hands of adults.
“You have laid strong foundations for future work. These are meaningful, impactful projects and I look forward to seeing where these initiatives go from here,” Bray said.
He added that the diversity of the participants and issues addressed underscored CYFI programme as an incredibly valuable programme that allows some of the most promising young people in Nigeria who are passionate about national developmental issues to affect real, positive change.
He urged Nigerian youth to remain committed and passionate to societal innovation and change in the society, even in the face of obstacles.
“As you’ve learned this year, you can run into all kinds of challenges in the course of implementing real and meaningful change. I hope that the successes you have had this year have shown you that the importance and impact of your efforts far outweigh the trials and tribulations you sometimes face in the course of enacting this change,” Bray said.
CYFI Fellows bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to the table, and share a common vision with the goal of positively impacting Nigerian society. The 2017 Fellows came from diverse academic and professional backgrounds in the fields of public health, medicine, tech, journalism, law, agriculture, and finance. CYFI projects center around broader themes championed by Ambassador Walter Carrington, for whom the initiative is named.
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