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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently announced notification of an additional $168.5 million in development assistance to continue support for the goals outlined in a 2015 bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Nigerian governments.

This is contained in a statement from the US Embassy in Nigeria.

The funding, according to the statement increases the total U.S assistance to the Nigerian people t 2.16 under the five-year development objective agreement signed between USAID  and ministry of finance.

“With this notification, the United States deepens its commitment to Nigeria in meeting its development challenges,” said USAID Acting Mission Director Katie Donohoe.  “We will continue to support improved health, nutrition, economic growth, good governance, and human rights.” it added.

Most of the new funding, more than $115 million, will finance new and existing activities to improve public health in Nigeria, including $40 million for maternal and child health, $28 million to control malaria, as well as significant boosts in family planning, tuberculosis control, nutrition, and pandemic relief. 

Another $32 million will be for economic growth, including $19 million to help Nigeria increase agricultural productivity and access to nutritious foods, $10.5 million for cleaner water, and two million to facilitate trade and investment. 

An additional $15.5 million in basic education funds will expand states’ abilities to provide early grade reading programs and alternative education opportunities for out-of-school children and youth while addressing the marginalization and educational needs of Nigeria’s hearing-impaired community.

It added that $6 million will go towards new activities to strengthen human rights, civil society organizations, political competition and consensus building, and reducing trafficking in persons.