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USAID provides $89mn in new assistance to Nigeria

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on January 26 announced $89 million in additional development assistance to Nigeria.

USAID said the money is meant to continue its support for development goals outlined in a development objectives assistance agreement signed between the US and Nigerian governments in 2015.

Nearly half of the new funding, about $44 million, will support HIV/AIDS control through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

The remainder will help northeast Nigeria increase agricultural productivity and economic growth ($15 million), strengthen education ($11 million), support good governance ($10.5 million), and improve water and sanitation infrastructure ($9 million).

The new funding brings the total US government assistance provided under the five-year assistance agreement to $808.5 million.

“This new assistance underscores how important the relationship between Nigeria and the United States continues to be,” said USAID acting mission director, Julie Koenen.

According to Koenen, “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 most needed throughout the country.”

USAID collaborated with the Nigerian ministry of budget and national planning, the Nigerian ministries of health, agriculture, power, and education, and state-level government counterparts, among others, to structure the bilateral assistance agreement, which runs through 2020.

In addition to the development assistance funding, the United States provides 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 $526.7 million in humanitarian assistance since 2017, and continues to be the single largest bilateral humanitarian donor to the region.

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