The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced a fresh $89 million development assistance to Nigeria in its support for development goals outlined in a Development Objectives Assistance Agreement between the U.S. and Nigerian governments signed in 2015.
A statement by the U.S. Embassy in Abuja said 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 statement notes that the new funding brings the total U.S. 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,” USAID Acting Mission Director Julie Koenen said. “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,” she added.