The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has increased its development assistance to support achieving the development goals outlined in the bilateral development objectives assistance agreement between the United States and the Nigerian governments which was 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 United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), thus bringing the funds to a total of $26.5 million in additional assistance.

USAID is also partnering with federal and state health ministries to build stronger health systems with the aim of guaranteeing equitable access to quality healthcare services nationwide.

The additional funding brings the total United States government assistance provided under the five-year development objectives agreement to $1.1 billion.

According to the acting mission director of the organisation, Erin Holleran, the United States believes that Nigeria, as the most populous country in Africa, with the largest economy on the continent, has a tremendous influence on the future of Africa and the organisation is ready to partner with Nigeria to play the substantial role that she must play in the continent’s development. “USAID is committed to partnering with the government and the people of Nigeria to address its development challenges,” she said.

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.