Abuja, Feb. 5, 2018 (TNE) The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced an additional US$ 89 million development assistance to Nigeria.
USAID Acting Mission Director, Julie Koenen, in a statement by the U.S. Embassy to Nigeria on Monday in Abuja, said that the assistance is in continuation of U.S. support for development goals in Nigeria.
Koenen stated that the goals were outlined in a Development Objectives Assistance Agreement between the U.S. and the Nigerian government, signed in 2015.
According to the envoy, nearly half of the new funding, about US$ 44 million will support HIV and AIDS control through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
“The remainder is to assist the states in the northeast of Nigeria increase agricultural productivity and economic growth with US$ 15 million; strengthen education with US$ 11 million and support good governance with US$ 10.5 million.
“It will also help improve water and sanitation infrastructure with US$ 9 million,” Koenen stated.
She said that the new funding brings the U.S. government total financial assistance provided under the five-year assistance agreement to US$ 808.5 million.
Koenen said: “This new assistance underscores how important the relationship between Nigeria and the United States continues to be.
“Our strong partnership with Nigeria and its institutions will help Nigeria’s efforts to improve its health, education, agriculture and governance systems where they are needed most throughout the country.”
She said that USAID has also collaborated with the Nigerian Ministry of Budget and National Planning, the Nigerian Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Power, and Education, and state-level government counterparts.
The collaboration, according to her, is among others to structure the bilateral assistance agreement, which runs through 2020.
“In addition to the development assistance funding, the U.S. provided humanitarian assistance to people affected by the ongoing conflict and severe food insecurity in Nigeria and throughout the Lake Chad Basin.
“The U.S government, led by USAID, has provided more than US$ 526.7 million in humanitarian assistance since 2017, and continues to be the single largest bilateral humanitarian donor to the region,” she said.