The United State Agency for International Development has announced $243 million in additional assistance to support Nigeria in reaching its development goals.
The new funding is expected to support activities to build a healthier population with $165 million, including assisting with malaria control, supporting maternal and child health, family planning, eradication of tuberculosis, and nutrition initiatives.
A statement on Wednesday from the US Embassy in Abuja, explained that another $25m would be spent on strengthening basic literacy and education in the north, while $22 million will help drive inclusive and sustainable agriculture-led economic growth.
In addition, USAID’s programmes would focus on broad-based economic growth, resilience, and the development of safe water supply and sanitation services in urban areas.
The additional funding brings the total US government assistance provided to Nigeria under the five-year agreement to $1.422 billion.
USAID Mission Director, Stephen Haykin, said the contribution underscored the continued importance of the relationship between Nigeria and the United States.