The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced an additional $4.67 million to support social and infrastructural development in the northeastern part of Nigeria.
This is part of the new financial support of $65.5 million outlined to assist the country’s developmental objectives.
In a statement released in Abuja on Wednesday, the international development agency disclosed that it had also fixed $1.5 million to help reduce and deter violent conflicts and extremism in the region.
According to the statement, an additional 4.67 million will go toward a new activity aimed at strengthening the ability of the state and local governments in the northeast to deliver essential public services to their constituents.
“Of the new funding, $59.33 million will support activities under the U.S president’s partners closely with the government, the private sector, philanthropies, multilateral institutions and civil society to assist people living with HIV”, the agency disclosed.
The newly announced increment is in line with the five-year funding agreement between Nigeria and USAID of $2.45 billion, adding that so far $1.17 billion representing 48 percent the pledged has been reached.
The Mission Director USAID Stephen Haykin, following the announcement, stated that USAID “is pleased to reaffirm our partnership with Nigeria to strengthen human capital institutions, and to promote the health and opportunities for all Nigerians”.