The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has declared extra development aid of $136.5 million, that is approximately N52 billion to aid Nigeria under a bilateral Development Objectives Assistance Agreement (DOAG) with the United States signed in 2015.

This is targeted at improving activities to fight trafficking in persons, curb conflict, peace, and fight brutal extremism, and also control and prevent HIV/AIDS.

This was announced by the US Mission in Abuja in a statement issued yesterday.

It read: “USAID recently announced additional development assistance of $136.5 million (NGN 52 billion) to continue its support to Nigeria under a bilateral Development Objectives Assistance Agreement (DOAG) with the United States signed in 2015.

“With this most recent notification to the government of the incremental funding increase, USAID has provided Nigeria $1.94 billion (N743 billion) in assistance under the seven-year DOAG.

A large percentage of the fund will go to HIV/AIDS control under various new and existing awards focused on prevention and treatment in areas that are vulnerable in the country.

“Most of the assistance, nearly $133.5 million, will go to HIV/AIDS control under several new and existing awards that focus on prevention and treatment in some of the most vulnerable areas of the country.

“Another $3 million boosts activities to combat trafficking in persons, mitigate conflict, peace, and counter violent extremism, and $219,566 will expand USAID’s efforts to increase access to potable water and reduce water borne diseases in Nigeria.”

The USAID Mission Director, Dr. Anne Patterson, was cited to have explained that Nigeria as the most populous country in Africa with the biggest economy, has great potential and impact over the fortune of the continent.

Patterson, explains that with this extra grant, the United States goes on to illustrate its obligation to aiding improvement strategies that will aid
the Nigerian people.

Patterson put in that in 2020, USAID examined 2.4 million Nigerians for HIV, and placed 89 per cent of the 119,000 who tested positive on antiretroviral therapy, bringing the gross number of Nigerians on USAID-supported HIV/AIDS treatment to 377,500.

Further movements offer care and aid for over 600,000 children and family members orphaned or otherwise affected by the virus. Through the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) initiative, more than 5.4 million Nigerians have been examined for HIV and one million put on therapy.

“For the first time in modern history, we have the opportunity to control HIV without a vaccine. In partnership with government, civil society, the private sector, and communities, we can help Nigeria overcome this disease.”

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