Nigeria Gets $26.5 Million Support From USAID
Nigeria has received $26.5 million from the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) to support healthcare and good governance.
USAID said at the weekend that the additional support to Nigeria was made because of the country’s achievement in the development goals outlined in the bilateral Development Objectives Assistance Agreement signed in 2015,
The agreement was signed between the U.S. and Nigerian governments.
Confirming the new financial support, the Acting Mission Director, Erin Holleran, said that USAID would partner with federal and state health ministries to build stronger health systems.
He added that this is aimed at guaranteeing equitable access to quality healthcare services nationwide.
His words: “$25 million 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 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 in additional assistance.”
“The additional new funding brings the total U.S. government assistance provided under the five-year Development Objectives agreement to $1.1 billion,” he said.
According to Mr Holleran, USAID is committed to assisting Nigeria because of the huge influence the nation has on the future of Africa.
“The United States 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,” Mr Holleran said.