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Diasporia News of Monday, 6 June 2022

Source: www.mynigeria.com

U.S. to build $537m consulate in Lagos

The photo used to illustrate the story via Reuters The photo used to illustrate the story via Reuters

The United States has announced it will build a $537 million consulate in the Nigerian megacity Lagos, the country's commercial capital, as Washington strengthens economic and diplomatic relations with Africa's most populous country.

Mary Leonard, the U.S Ambassador to Nigeria says the new consulate will be built on 12.2-acre land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean. It will take five years to complete.

According to the State Department, the U.S. is among the largest foreign investors and donors in Nigeria's annual trade between the two countries at over $10 billion

Like most countries, the U.S. has an embassy in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, and a consulate office in Lagos, a sprawling city of more than 20 million people and Nigeria's major economic hub, Reuters said.

The new consulate will support diplomatic and commercial relations between the United States and Nigeria and will provide American and Nigerian Consulate employees with a safe, sustainable, and modern workplace.

The $537 million new Consulate construction project will directly benefit the Nigerian people, according to a statement by the U.S. Consulate.

Throughout the project, the U.S. government will invest an estimated $95 million in the local economy, and the project will employ approximately 2,500 Nigerian citizens, including engineers, architects, artisans, construction workers, and administrative staff, the Consulate added.