Aidoghie Paulinus, Abuja

United States yesterday announce the release of $65.5 million to help Nigeria in the control of HIV/AIDS, good governance and combat extremism.

A statement by the Information Office, Public Affairs Section of US Embassy in Abuja, said the release of the money followed a recent $26.5 million development assistance given to Nigeria.

“The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently announced additional assistance of $65.5 million to help achieve the development goals outlined in the bilateral U.S.-Nigerian Development Objectives Assistance Agreement signed in 2015.

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The statement said: “The assistance brings incremental funding of the Agreement with Nigeria to $1.17 billion, representing 48 percent of the $2.45 billion pledged by USAID under the five-year plan.

“Of the new funding, $59.33 million will support activities under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). PEPFAR partners closely with government, the private sector, philanthropies, multilateral institutions, and civil society to assist people living with HIV and their families.”

“An additional $4.67 million will go toward a new activity aimed at strengthening the ability of state and local governments in the Northeast to deliver essential public services to their constituents, and $1.5 million to help reduce violent conflict and to deter violent extremist groups,” the statement read.