(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has disclosed that it donated an additional $168.5 million in development aid to Nigeria.
This was contained in a statement issued by the agency on Monday, in which itexplained that the assistance was to continue support for the goals outlined in a 2015 bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Nigerian governments.
USAID’s latest funding increases the total U.S. assistance to the Nigerian people to $2.16 billion under the five-year Development Objectives Assistance Agreement (DOAG) signed between USAID and the Federal Ministry of Finance.
Breakdown of the new funding is as follows: $115 million to improve public health in Nigeria; $40 million for maternal and child health; $28 million for malaria control; $32 million for economic growth, including $19 million to help Nigeria increase agricultural productivity and access to nutritious foods, while $10.5 million for cleaner water, and $2 million to facilitate trade and investment.
Furthermore, $15.5 million is for basic education; $6 million to strengthen human rights, civil society organisations, political competition and consensus-building, as well as reducing trafficking in persons.
POTENTIAL IMPACT: The new funds, like previous ones, will assist Nigeria in meeting its development needs.