U.S. signs five-year $2.17 billion development assistance agreement with Nigeria to promote health, education, economic growth and stable government

was signed in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, by U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama.

The United States on Thursday signed a five-year $2.17 billion development assistance agreement with Nigeria.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama sign a five-year
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama sign a five-year $2.17 billion development assistance agreement between U.S.and Nigeria in the presence of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja, Nigeria, on Thursday, November 18, 2021.

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.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa in Abuja, on Thursday, November 18, 2021. 
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa in Abuja, on Thursday, November 18, 2021.

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.

(Left to Right): U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama in a group photograph at the signing of a five-year
(Left to Right): U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama in a group photograph at the signing of a five-year $2.17 billion development assistance agreement between U.S.and Nigeria in Abuja, Nigeria, on Thursday, November 18, 2021.

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.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, Nigeria, on Thursday, November 18, 2021. 
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, Nigeria, on Thursday, November 18, 2021.
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