Despite purported slurs against President Muhammadu Buhari by President Donald Trump, the United States’ government has offered $25 million to Nigeria in support of its efforts against corruption in the country.
A release published on the website of the US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria, on Monday, said: “United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently announced additional development assistance to support achieving the development goals outlined in the bilateral Development Objectives Assistance Agreement between the U.S. and Nigerian governments signed in 2015.
“Of the new funding, $25 million will strengthen good governance by supporting state governments’ efforts to bolster Nigeria’s Open Government Partnership commitments to improve transparency and fight corruption. An additional $1.5 million will support a healthier, more educated population in targeted states through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), for a total of $26.5 million in additional assistance.”
The statement also revealed plans of a partnership between USAID and federal and state health ministries to work towards building “stronger health systems with the aim of guaranteeing equitable access to quality healthcare services nationwide”.
With the new funding, the US government’s assistance provided under the five-year Development Objectives agreement totals $1.1 billion.
Erin Holleran, Acting Mission Director of USAID, said: “The United States believes that as the most populous country in Africa, with the largest economy on the continent, Nigeria holds tremendous influence over the future of Africa.
“USAID is committed to partnering with the government and the people of Nigeria to address its development challenges.”
The statement also noted that “USAID collaborated with Nigeria’s ministries of Budget and National Planning, Health, Agriculture, Power, and Education, as well as state-level government counterparts to structure the bilateral assistance agreement, which runs through 2020”.