By Victoria Ojeme

abuja—The United States Embassy in Nigeria has said that ongoing U.S. government shutdown will not affect its consular services in Nigeria.

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The embassy, in a statement, said reports in the media misrepresented its statement on the closure of American Centres.

In the latest statement on Wednesday, the embassy said the  American Centres that operate libraries and other information services within its consulates in Lagos and Abuja would remain closed.

“The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the Consulate General in Lagos will remain open during the U.S. government shutdown. This includes the Consular sections. Prior reports to the contrary were incorrect.

“American Centers and EducationUSA offices operating on embassy and consulate grounds that are managed by Mission Public Affairs Sections will remain closed throughout the shutdown. American Spaces, such as American Corners operated by partner institutions and located off embassy or consulate grounds, however, will remain open,” the embassy said.

The ongoing U.S. government shutdown was based on a decision taken by President Donald Trump to get the U.S. Congress to approve money for his proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

The Democratic Party-controlled House of Representatives has expressed unwillingness to approve any money for such border wall.  Trump on Wednesday invited bipartisan leaders of the parliament to a meeting over the issue.


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