USAID offers $234.5m assistance to Nigeria

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced an additional $234.5 million in development assistance to Nigeria. The fresh offer is a continuation of the support for the goals outlined in the 2015 bilateral Development Objectives Assistance Agreement (DOAG) between the United State and Nigeria. USAID Mission Director, Mr. Stephen Haykin, stated that about $160 million of the new funds would be dedicated to financing new and existing activities to improve public health in Nigeria. In addition, the sum of $34 million will help improve agriculture and water…

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USAID donates $11m for health survey

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has donated the sum of $11 million towards the commencement of the 2018 Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS). The Chairman, National Population Commission (NPC), Eze Duruiheoma, made this known at a joint press briefing with the Ministry of Health, yesterday in Abuja. Duruiheoma explained that besides the support from USAID, the Federal Government was equally providing the sum of $3 million, bringing the available fund for the survey to a total of $14million. According to him, the information obtained from the…

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Armyworm: Nigeria may lose $4bn crops this year

Amidst fears of imminent food shortage, the menace of fall armyworm pests ravaging farms across Nigeria may lead to loss of crops worth $4 billion, New Telegraph has learnt. However, to avert this, farmers under the aegis of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) are calling for drastic measures from the Federal Government to stop the spread of the pest. The global food agency, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) had earlier forecast that the fall armyworm -the larvae of a type of moth – would cause more than $13…

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FAO, USAID to train 4,700 vet experts

  A United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-FAO partnership has with on year succeeded in training over 4,700 veterinary health professionals in 25 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The partnership has been working to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to manage outbreaks of diseases in farm animals. The FAO-provided technical trainings according to a statement, covered a gamut of key competencies, including disease surveillance and forecasting, laboratory operations, biosafety and biosecurity, prevention and control methods and outbreak response strategies. About 3,266 vets in Asia, 619…

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Project C.U.R.E., WHO, USAID and ABUAD partnership

  An American-based philanthropic organisation, Project C.U.R.E., in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO), USAID and Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), will on January 17 hold a one-day Train-the-Trainers programme tagged “Helping Babies Breathe” (HBB) in support of the university’s ultra-modern 400-bed Multi System Hospital and in honour of Yeye Aare Modupe Babalola, the wife of ABUAD’s Founder, Aare Afe Babalola, CON, SAN. Since the commencement of the HBB programme in 2013, Project C.U.R.E has trained 1,343 In-country Birth Attendants, sent 95 U.S. Master Trainers abroad and facilitated 38…

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USAID donates school furniture to vulnerable pupils

An international development partner, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated 250 pairs of school furniture (chairs and desks) to orphans and vulnerable children at St. Peter’s and St. Philomena’s Primary School in Buruku and Adogo communities in Benue State. Senior Programme Manager of Sustainable Mechanism for Improving Livelihoods and Households Empowerment (SMILE), Mr. Sunday Udom, the implementing partners in the project, told newsmen in a statement issued in Jos, Plateau State capital, that the gesture was to cushion the hardship facing orphans and children ravaged by…

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FG obtains $770m loan for water, spends $1.5b on water – Minister

The Federal Government has obtained $770million loan to provide water to some states of the federation in order to reduce waterborne diseases and provide water to farmers for irrigation purposes, it was learnt yesterday. Some of the states that have benefitted from the loan arrangement according to Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, included Kaduna, Ogun, Enugu, Lagos, Cross River, Rivers, Ekiti and Bauchi. Adamu said nine other states including, Ondo, Kano, Jigawa, Gombe, Benue, Plateau, Anambra, Abia and Bayelsa are being prepared for follow up investment in the…

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USAID, NGO seek end to herdsmen/farmers feud

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Nigerian group, Strength in Diversity Development Centre (SDDC), have agreed to work together in exploring alternative means of ending the recurring clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the country. The modalities for the synergy, which Saturday Telegraph was privy to, were unveiled in Lagos, after a fact-finding team from USAID office in Abuja, visited the Sarkin Fulani of Lagos State and the Chairman, Council of Chiefs (South- West), Alhaji Muhammadu Bambado, over the incessant clashes between the two bodies. According…

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