The United States on Thursday signed a five-year $2.17 billion development assistance agreement with Nigeria.
The U.S. Mission to Nigeria said the five-year, $2.17 billion development agreement would promote “health, education, economic growth, stable government, and improve security in Nigeria.”
The agreement was signed in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, by U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama.
“Pleased to sign a five-year $2.17 billion Development Assistance Agreement with Nigeria today. Welcome Vice President @ProfOsinbajo‘s commitment to our shared goal of a healthier, more educated, prosperous, stable, and resilient Nigeria,” Blinken said in a tweet.
On August 31, the 2021-2026 Development Objectives Assistance Agreement was executed between the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Blinken and Onyeama signed the document, making the agreement formal on Thursday.
Blinken, who is on his first official trip to Sub-Saharan Africa arrived in Nigeria on Thursday following a two-day visit to Kenya in the East where he met with President Uhuru Kenyatta to strengthen ties with a key U.S. partner and discuss regional crises, including in Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia.
In Abuja, he met with President Muhammadu Buhari and raised human rights, press and digital freedoms as well as strengthening democratic institutions with him. He also also met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and discussed issues such as climate change, COVID-19 and economic cooperation.
Osinbajo praised the United States for showing clear sign of cooperation in its response to the coronavirus pandemic and in the area of security.