Signing of the Agreement on the Nigeria-USA Bi-National Commission

Washington, DC – The United States and Nigeria recently signed an agreement, setting up a bi-national commission aimed at helping the West African state promote good governance and fight corruption.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the U.S.-Nigeria relationship “absolutely critical.”.

The agreement signed by Secretary Clinton and Nigerian Secretary to the Government of the Federation Yayale Ahmed creates the first of three bi-national commissions that the Obama administration intends to establish with key African states.  Others agreement soon to be concluded are with South Africa and Angola.

The U.S.-Nigeria commission will have working groups tasked with helping Nigeria deal with corruption and electoral abuses, domestic energy and agricultural problems, and instability in the critical Niger Delta region.

In comments at the signing ceremony, Clinton said that sustainable economic growth in Nigeria and elsewhere depends on having a responsible Government that rejects corruption and enforces the rule of law.

Trendy Africa…official accredited media at the event

Photo by Akeem Adetunji


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