United States Provides Additional Assistance to Reduce Poverty in Nigeria

Abuja, Nigeria – On December 19, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $227.3 million in additional developmental assistance to support the five-year $2.3 billion agreement signed with the Nigerian Government in 2015.  This brings the total provided under the agreement to $702 million.

The new funding will continue to help Nigeria reduce extreme poverty by stimulating inclusive economic growth, promoting a healthier, more-educated population, and strengthening good governance.

“Today we are pleased to announce new funding under the agreement signed with the Nigerian Government in 2015 to provide better access to education and health services and promote democracy and economic growth” said U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington.  “With the Nigerian Government’s leadership, we know this funding will significantly improve the wellbeing of Nigerians,” he added.

USAID collaborated with the Nigerian Ministry of Budget and National Planning; the Nigerian Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Power, and Education; and state-level government counterparts to structure the agreement, which will run through 2020.

In addition to development assistance funding, the United States is providing humanitarian assistance to people affected by the ongoing conflict and severe food insecurity in northeastern Nigeria and throughout the Lake Chad Basin.   The United States has provided more than $291 million in humanitarian assistance since fiscal year 2016 and continues to be the single largest bilateral humanitarian donor to the region.

About USAID: USAID partners to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing our security and prosperity. In its partnership with Nigeria, the United States strengthens social stability through social services, supports transparent and accountable governance, promotes a more market­led economy, and enhances Nigeria’s capacity as a responsible regional and trade partner.