USAID Announces Additional $26m Support For Good Governance, Health In Nigeria

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced

additional $26m development assistance to support good governance and heath in Nigeria.

The US Embassy said this in a statement made available to newsmen on

Friday in Abuja.

The mission stated that the additional new funding brought the total

U.S. government assistance provided under the five-year Development

Objectives agreement to $1.1bn.

The statement added that the additional fund was to help in achieving the

development goals outlined in the bilateral Development Objectives

Assistance Agreement between the U.S. and Nigerian governments signed

in 2015.

“Of the new funding, 25 million dollars will strengthen good

governance by supporting state governments’ efforts to bolster

Nigeria’s Open Government Partnership commitments to improve

transparency and fight corruption.

“An additional 1.5 million dollars will support a healthier, more

educated population in targeted states through the U.S. President’s

Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), for a total of 26.5 million

dollars in additional assistance,” it stated.

The Embassy explained that USAID was also partnering with federal and

state health ministries to build stronger health systems with the aim

of guaranteeing equitable access to quality healthcare services

nationwide.

“The U.S believes that as the most populous country in Africa, with

the largest economy on the continent, Nigeria holds tremendous

influence over the future of Africa.

“USAID is committed to partnering with the government and the people

of Nigeria to address its development challenges,” it quoted Acting

Mission Director, Erin Holleran, as saying.

 

It explained that USAID collaborated with Nigeria’s ministries of

Budget and National Planning, Health, Agriculture, Power, and

Education, as well as state-level government counterparts to structure

the bilateral assistance agreement, which runs through 2020.