The outgoing Deputy Consul-General of the United States in Lagos, Ms Dehab Ghebreab, on Monday said that about 300,000 Nigerians were currently living in different parts of the U.S. Ghebreab, who told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the number of Nigerians in America was increasing, also said that about 30,000 Americans were living in Nigeria. ‘’ It has been estimated that there are currently about 300,000 Nigerians working, studying or doing business in different states of America. ‘’We also have about 30,000 Americans living in different parts of Nigeria today.
‘’There is a growing increase in the people-to-people relationship between Nigeria and the United States today,’’ she said. Ghebreab noted that after decades of mutual partnership between Nigeria and the U.S., their relationship had grown favourably within the last five years. According to her, both countries will continue to have closer ties in the near future. Ghebreab said that the U.S. government would continue to promote people-to-people relationships between Nigerians and the Americans, to further enhance areas of partnerships between the two countries.
The deputy consul-general expressed her government’s commitment to strengthening its partnership, as well as facilitating trade and investment with Nigeria in the years ahead. Ghebreab, who also commended the contributions of Nigerian and American citizens to both countries’ socioeconomic development, announced her government’s plan to facilitate the investments of U.S. companies in Nigeria. ‘’ The United States and Nigeria’s relationship has been going on for decades, and it has always been a very strong relationship. ‘’ Both countries will continue to address issues of mutual interest between them. This is what friends and partners do.’’