Michael Harvey, the Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Nigeria, concluded a three-day visit to Bauchi on March 3, 2016 with a visit to the tomb and library of former Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, where he paid his respects to one of Nigeria’s highly revered leaders who came from humble beginnings.
Mr. Harvey’s visit promoted education opportunities and partnerships with the government and people of Bauchi State.
Mr. Harvey also paid courtesy calls on Governor Mohammed Abubakar and the Emir of Bauchi Alhaji (Dr.) Rilwanu Suleimanu Adamu. He spoke to students and senior faculty of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University about youth responsibilities in the shaping of a transparent and accountable government, just as youth helped to entrench peaceful and credible elections in 2015. Mr. Harvey used the opportunity to explain the supportive role of USAID to Nigerian governments’ initiatives on education, health, and governance at the federal, state, and local government levels.
The USAID Mission Director met with U.S. exchange alumni at the American Corner located in the Iya Abubakar Community Resource Center, and encouraged them to leverage American Corner resources and their U.S. experience to develop their communities through voluntary activities.
A major highlight of the Bauchi visit was the launch a five-year partnership with Bauchi state to help improve education outcomes. The Northern Education Initiative Plus will invest approximately $58 million in Bauchi, supporting nearly 2 million children who will learn to read in Hausa, including internally displaced children being educated at informal learning centers.
Mr. Harvey visited one of these informal learning centers at Kagadama in Yelwa, Bauchi, where he presented water bottles and pencils to the children.