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United States approves $89m development assistance to Nigeria



The United States' Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced a donation of $89 million in assistance to Nigeria.

According to the agency, this development assistance is a continuation of the United states' Development Objectives Assistance Agreement previously signed between the two countries.

In a statement made available to the media in Abuja on Sunday, February 11, 2018, the United states embassy in Abuja said the USAID collaborated with the Nigerian Ministry of Budget and National Planning, the Nigerian Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Power, Education and state governments design the bilateral agreement's assistance.

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The statement reads, “Nearly half of the new funding ($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 U.S. government assistance provided under the five-year assistance agreement to $808.5 million.

“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.”

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