To help fight the Coronavirus pandemic, the United States Government has through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), donated a sum of $21.4 million, that is, N8.3 billion to the Nigerian Government.
According to the USAID, about four fifths of the assistance – nearly $18 million (N7billion) – will go towards humanitarian assistance and for risk communication, water and sanitation activities, infection prevention, and coordination, and humanitarian assistance for refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and their host communities.
“The U.S. government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health response to the COVID-19 pandemic even while we battle the virus at home,” U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard said of the assistance.
“Our assistance is rolling out gradually as we reconfigure priorities in response to the evolving situation. This assistance joins more than $8.1 billion in total assistance for Nigeria over the past 20 years, including more than $5.2 billion in U.S. health assistance alone” the statement said.
“The United States is leading the world’s humanitarian and health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”