The United State Agency for International Development has said it will give Nigeria an additional $243m to help the country reach its development goals.
A statement on Wednesday from the US Embassy in Abuja said the money was expected to support activities to build a healthier population with $165m, including assisting with malaria control, supporting maternal and child health, family planning, eradication of tuberculosis and nutrition initiatives.
It also said another $25m would be spent on strengthening basic literacy and education in the North, while $22m would help drive inclusive and sustainable agriculture-led economic growth.
In addition, USAID’s programmes will focus on broad-based economic growth, resilience, and the development of safely-managed water supply and sanitation services in urban areas.
The statement read, “Finally, $21m in funding will be dedicated to activities aimed at strengthening political competition and consensus-building, promoting good governance and for efforts to strengthen civil society organisations.
“This assistance is a continuation of the United States’ commitment to support the development goals outlined in the Development Objective Assistance Agreement signed with the Government of Nigeria in 2015.”
The additional $243m will make the total money the US government has provided Nigeria under the five-year agreement $1.42bn.
The USAID Mission Director, Stephen Haykin, said the contribution underscored the continued importance of the relationship between Nigeria and the US.
He said, “Our strong partnership with Nigeria, its institutions and its people will help their efforts to improve health, education, agriculture and governance systems where they are needed most throughout the country.”