Further Australian support for polio eradication
Australia will provide further funding of $80 million to help eradicate polio worldwide. The former Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the funding will be delivered over four years from 2015 to 2018 through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). This contribution follows a $50 million commitment to the GPEI from 2011 to 2014 announced at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth in October 2011. Read the full text of the press release here.
Australia ready to welcome African scholarship recipients
The Australian Government has selected some 300 professionals from Nigeria and 33 other African countries to take up Australia Awards Scholarships at Masters and PhD level at Australian universities in 2014. In order to prepare the recipients to live and study in Australia, the Australian Government is hosting a two-day workshop in Abuja this week for 21 recipients from Nigeria, 7 from Cameroon and 2 from The Gambia. Read the full text of the press release here.
High Commissioner Jonathan Richardson with the Australia Awards Scholarship recipients from Nigeria, Cameroon and The Gambia during the pre-departure briefing in Abuja.
High Commissioner Jonathan Richardson with Nigerian Australia Awards Alumni Ambassador Jennifer Ozegbe and Nigerian Minister for Health Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu at the reception for the scholarship recipents.
Australia, Canada and the World Bank to Support Nigeria’s Mining Sector Reforms for Greater Contribution to the Economy
Australia, Canada, and the World Bank have launched a 2-year program to support Nigeria's Ministry of Mines and Steel Development in developing Nigeria’s mineral sector in an economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable way. Read the full text of the press release here.
High Commissioner Jonathan Richardson addressing the stakeholder forum convened to launch the project.
High Commissioner Jonathan Richardson with the Minister for Mines and Steel Development Arc. Musa Mohammed Sada at the project launch.
Australia promotes Nigeria's leaders of tomorrow
On 27 May 2013, the Australian chapter of the Australia Awards African Women in Leadership Network was officially launched in Abuja by the Australian High Commissioner, H.E. Jonathan Richardson, and the Minister for Education, Honourable Minister Professor Mrs Ruqayyatu Rufai. The Network will promote Australia Awards scholarships to potential female applicants from eligible countries, including Nigeria, and support scholarship recipients going to Australia to pursue their post-graduate studies. Read the full text of the press release here.
High Commissioner Jonathan Richardson and Minister for Education, Honourable Minister Professor Mrs Ruqayyatu Rufai, with Australia Awards alumni at the launch of the African Women in Leadership Network.
Australia Awards commits to Africa on African Union Golden Jubilee
As the African Union celebrates its 50th anniversary under the theme ‘Investing for Sustainable Success’, Australia Awards, the Australian Government scholarship program, continues to contribute to sustainable development in Africa through educating and training African professionals to help them prepare for leading roles in the development of their countries. Read the full text of the press release here.
Australia supports access to water in FCT
The Australian High Commission is proud to support access to safe drinking water in the village of Pazamu in Bwari, Federal Capital Territory. Working with the Society for Africa Education, Economic and Social Cultural Development through our Direct Aid Program, the Australian High Commission was able provide Pazamu with a new borehole. The village, with around 130 people, previously had no access to potable water. On 7 May 2013, members of the High Commission team attended the commissioning of the project, which included local officials, community leaders, and a wonderful local dance performance.
Australia supports education in Nassarawa state
High Commissioner Jon Richardson with teachers and pupils of Mada Station LGEA Primary School in Nassarawa State, following the commissioning of a project to renovate of a completely dilapidated class room block at the school. The project, was funded by the High Commission's Direct Aid Program and local non-governmental organisation Youth For Change (YFC). Mr Richardson's attire was presented when awarded the title of Garkuwan by His Highness Hakim Mada Station, Alhaji Musa Ahya, during the commissioning ceremony
ANZAC Day commemoration in Abuja
On 25 April 2013, the Australian High Commission in Abuja held an ANZAC Day Memorial Service to remember the servicemen and women who have served their nation in times of war, and in conflicts and on peacekeeping operations. Read the full text of the press release here.
Australian High Commission newsletter
The Australian High Commission is pleased to announce the fifth edition of its newsletter Aussie News:
- Issue 5,February 2013 [2MB PDF]
Australia Day reception in Lagos
On Friday 25 January 2013, the Australian High Commissioner, Jon Richardson, and the Australian Honorary Consul in Lagos, Alan Davies, co-hosted an Australia Day reception at the Honorary Consul's residence. The event was an opportunity for Mr Richardson to meet the Australian community in Lagos as well as leaders of the Nigerian business community, including Co-chair of the Australia-Nigeria Trade and Investment Council, Mr Pascal Dozie.
High Commissioner Mr Jon Richardson (left) and Honorary Consul Mr Alan Davies (second to left) welcoming Mr & Mrs Pascal Dozie to the Australia Day reception.
Australia supports maternal and child health in Benue state
The Australian High Commission is proud to support the renovation and equipping of the labour and paediatric wards of the Otukpo General Hospital in Benue state. Working with the Idoma Jewels Foundation through our Direct Aid Program (DAP), the Australian High Commission was able to repaint the hospital wards and provide the necessary medical equipment, furniture, ceiling fans, bed sheets and mosquito nets. It is hoped that the project will help the dedicated medical staff of the hospital to provide vital care to thousands of mothers and children. On 11 January 2013, representatives of the Australian High Commission were privileged to attend the commissioning of the project, which included local and state health officials, community leaders, and a wonderful local dance performance.
Third Secretary Tom Beamish, his partner Jane Gribble and Admin-Consular Officer Latonia Dabiri-Mpamugo with the women of the Idoma Jewels Foundation after the commissioning.
Mr Jon Richardson appointed as Australia’s new High Commissioner to Nigeria, with accreditation to ECOWAS and the Republics of Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, The Gambia and Niger
Read the full text of the press release issued by Senator the Hon Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on 1 November 2012.
Mr Jon Richardson
Australia and Nigeria sign Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation
On 5 September 2012, Secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Dennis Richardson, and Permanent Secretary of the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Martin Uhomoibhi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during a visit to Australia by Ambassador Uhomoibhi. The inter-agency MoU reflects the increased bilateral engagement between Australia and Nigeria and provides a framework for future cooperation. The MoU provides for regular consultations on bilateral and international issues of mutual interest, including political, economic, commercial, scientific, technical and cultural co-operation.
Ambassador Uhomoibhi and Mr Richardson during the MoU signing on 5 September 2012 in Canberra.
Proud to present: The Australian Lapdesk Project
Australia distributes almost 4000 lapdesks to schools in Niger, Benin, the Republic of Congo and Cameroon. Read the full story here.
Australian lapdesks presented to students in a UNICEF displaced person's camp in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, in July 2012
Australian Government scholarships for Africa increase ten-fold
Australia Awards in Africa (AAA) open for applications from 1 September 2012. Read the full text of the media release from the Australian High Commission. For further information visit the AAA website.
Australian High Commissioner Ian McConville with four recipients of Long Terms Awards for 2013 at the launch of the Australia Awards for Africa round on Thursday 13 September 2012 in Abuja. From left to right: Dr. Nneka Orji, Ms. Mercy Abdullahi, Ms. Bunmi Olalekan Odusanya and Mr Tarfa Mariellinus Cliffori Makyur
Visit to Benin by Australian Prime Minister’s Special Envoy H.E. Mr William Fisher, 16-17 August 2012
Read the full text of the article here.
Prime Minister's Special Envoy meeting with the President of the Republic of Benin.
From left: Mr Tom Beamish, Mr Percy Stanley, H.E. Mr William Fisher, H.E. Dr Thomas Boni Yayi, H.E. Mr Ian McConville, Ms Mariam Aladji Boni Diallo, Mr Jérôme Fayomi, Mr Seth Tebe
Prime Minister's Special Envoy, H.E. Mr William Fisher, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr Nassirou Bako-Arifari, signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Republic of Benin.
Launch of the touring Indigenous Australian art exhibition Message Stick: Indigenous Identity in Urban Australia, 11-20 August 2012 at the Transcorp Hilton Lobby in Abuja
Australian didgeridoo player Chris Williams performing for guests and media representatives during the opening ceremony.
Australian High Commissioner Mr Ian McConville; Ministry of Tourism, Culture & National Orientation Director for Culture Chief George Ufot and National Gallery of Art Direct General Alhaji Abdullahi Muku handing out certificates to the young, Abuja-based photographers who attended the “UrbanLlife in Nigeria” photography workshop.
Australia provides a further $50 million for food security in Africa: The Gambia and Niger major beneficiaries
Australia funds border security workshop in Abuja
On 25-26 June, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade funded an International Organisation for Migration (IOM) workshop in Abuja entitled 'Enhancing Border Management to Improve Security and Facilitate Legitimate Travel in a Changing Environment.'
The workshop brought together Nigerian border security agencies to identify ways to harmonise inter-agency communication in the face of increasing security threats. The workshop included senior representatives from Nigeria Customs, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Police and the State Security Service.
In addition, the regional representative of INTERPOL based in Cameroon and his colleague based in Nigeria both made presentations aimed at increasing information flows. The workshop was opened by Australian High Commissioner Ian McConville and IOM Chief of Mission Martin Ocaga.
Above Australian High Commissioner Ian McConville (centre), IOM Chief of Mission Martin Ocaga (left) and IOM Programme Officer Mark Richmond (right).
Prime Minister’s Special Envoy visits Nigeria
Read the full text of the article here.
Special Envoy Ms Joanna Hewitt talking to the press after the commissioning of a hand pump borehole in Ijabisa - Bwari Area Council-FCT - on 17 April 2012.
The Gabonese President, HE Ali Bongo Ondimba, on State Visit to Australia: Joint statement with Prime Minister Gillard
Read the full text of the joint statement of Prime Minister Gillard and Gabonese President Bongo Ondimba dated 29 March 2012.
President Bongo Ondimba with his family, Australian High Commissioner Ian McConville and Gabonese officials at Taronga Zoo in Sydney.
Alan Davies appointed as Australian Honorary Consul in Lagos
Read the full text of the media release from the Australian High Commission dated 2 March 2012.