Nigeria, U.S. partner to curtail Ebola outbreak

Ebola has claimed the lives of over 700 people since its inception in West Africa.

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President Goodluck Jonathan and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden have agreed that Nigeria and the United States would work together to urgently curtail the outbreak of Ebola virus.

Messrs. Jonathan and Biden met in Washington D.C on Tuesday on the side-line of the on- going US-Africa African leader’s summit, according to a ‘readout’ issued by the White House, Office of the Vice President.

Eight persons in Nigeria have come down with symptoms of Ebola since a 40-year-old Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, died of the disease in Lagos.

The identity of a second victim of the deadly virus has been withheld by government who revealed the mentioned the victim as a nurse who had contact with Mr. Sawyer at the hospital in Lagos.

According to the World Health Organisation, over 800 persons have died from the Ebola virus from the three main hit West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Meanwhile, in a White House statement, Mr. Biden spoke about the U.S. partnership with Nigeria in the fight against terrorism.

He was reported to have stressed the need to pursue holistic approaches that respect and protect human rights

“The Vice President also underscored the importance of supporting Nigeria’s effort to improve the socioeconomic and security conditions in northern Nigeria,” the statement by the White House said.

Further, Mr. Biden was quoted to have welcomed Nigeria’s work to improve its business climate, which continues to attract U.S. investors.

Both leaders were reported to have expressed their commitments to trade and investment, and the critical role that access to electricity plays in supporting that goal.

President Barack Obama, on June 30, launched Power Africa, an innovative private sector-led initiative aimed at doubling electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa.

It is believed that no fewer than 600 million people currently lack access to electricity in the region.

Mr. Obama used the occasion of the summit to announce a renewed commitment to this initiative and pledged a new level of $300 million in assistance per year to expand the reach of Power Africa.

He also announced $6 billion in new private sector commitments, bringing the total private sector commitments under Power Africa to date to more than $20 billion

The U.S. government has set an ambitious aggregate goal of 30,000 MW of additional capacity to Africa and increasing electricity access by at least 60 million households and business connections.

(NAN)


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  • uduakomiri

    Our president went to the USA and could only meet Joe Biden, the vice president, a complete figure head in the US government? What the hell! When Tafawa Balewa visited USA in 1961, he was treated like royalty. He met every one that mattered in the American government including addressing congress. That was when Nigeria as a country still had presidents who are of sound mind and intellect, people who were more than willing to die for their ideology and beliefs even at gun point.
    America is the most powerful country in the world and they only want to be seen with people who have potential. It is sad to say that since Balewa no other Nigerian head of state has been able to project Nigeria as a country deserving respect from other nations.
    The Igbos say that the goat only follows the individual with a tasty grass. Unfortunately, we have only been able to produce presidents that at best as genetically corrupt, morally dead, feeble-minded super-brats, dull, unintelligent, confused, ignorant, self-conceited egomaniacs who do not understand the fact that when the iroko is felled, the birds are rendered homeless.

    • indiana jones

      your inferiority complex is irredeemable.
      how many roads did tafawa balewa build in your village, how many hospitals, old peoples homes, schools? how many young men and women from village were granted scholarship by tafawa balewa?
      for all i care, GEJ can be received by a councillor in the USA as far as their discussions yield meaningful results for both countries.
      sometimes you mo rons come to the internet to express your !d!ocy.
      Obama is a total failure BTW, Americans are disgusted with his incompetence.
      GEJ is a more successful president than Obama can ever be.
      get rid of you low self esteem or go k!ll yourself if you are ashamed of your black skin.

      • uduakomiri

        Cunt. You should kill yourself right now. Ewu!