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USAID Devt Assistance To Nigeria Hits $1.17Bn

The United States  Agency for International Development (USAID), has announced additional assistance of $65.5 million to help Nigeria achieve the  outlined development goals  in the bilateral Development Objectives Assistance Agreement signed in 2015.

Information from USAID revealed that this assistance, brings incremental funding of the Agreement with Nigeria to $1.17 billion, representing 48 percent of the $2.45 billion pledged by USAID under the five-year plan.

It was gathered  that of the new funding, $59.33 million will support activities under the US Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). PEPFAR partners closely with government, the private sector, philanthropies, multilateral institutions, and civil society to assist people living with HIV and their families.

They said an additional $4.67 million will go toward a new activity aimed at strengthening the ability of state and local governments in the Northeast to deliver essential public services to their constituents, and $1.5 million to help reduce violent conflict and to deter violent extremist groups.

Mission Director , Stephen M. Haykin said, “We are pleased to reaffirm our partnership with Nigeria to strengthen human capital and institutions, and to promote the health and opportunities for all Nigerians.”

USAID collaborated with Nigerias 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.

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