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U.S to Support Nigeria & other African Countries’ Elections with $51 Million for 5 Years

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Abuja (NAN) ― The U.S Government on Tuesday said it would provide $51 million (about N8.4 billion) to support credible elections in Nigeria in 2015 and other electoral process in the country in the next five years.

This is contained in the Fact Sheet issued by the White House in Washington DC, which highlighted U.S support for democratic institutions, good governance and human rights in Africa.

The publication was released just as the US-Africa Leaders Summit being attended by 50 leaders from the continent, including President Goodluck Jonathan, began in Washington DC.

The publication stated that the U.S was working with other donors to support Nigeria’s electoral management bodies and strengthen the ability of the country’s civil society to promote electoral reforms.

According to it, part of the funds will be used to expand voter education and monitor electoral processes in the run-up to the 2015 elections.

The U.S government also announced that it had launched “Making All Voices Count,’’ a programme aimed at supporting innovation and research that would empower citizens in some countries to engage with government.  

“The project is being executed in partnership with other governments and private foundations.

“The partnership with the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Omidyar Network, and the Open Society Foundations, is providing $55 million globally in support and in capacity building from 2013 through 2017,” it stated. 

It said that the first round of grants on the programme, totalling 2.5 million dollars had been announced and would benefit African countries, including Nigeria, South Africa, Liberia and Ghana. 

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9 Comments

  1. bruno

    August 5, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    I remember some few months ago when GEJ signed the anti-gay bill, and america threatened to stop giving aid to nigeria, many of you people where shouting we don’t need aid from america,to hell with them and their aid, we have culture and morals blah blah blah, now see yourselves, still collecting money

  2. ty

    August 5, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    USA should support me too…. na only 10 million Naira I need… Trust me, I will make judicious use of it, u will be proud…

  3. Tunmi

    August 5, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    But Nigeria has its own citizen-created measures to help ensure a credible voting process. What was that website/app again?? I’m very suspicious of this US aid.

  4. Olanne

    August 5, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Only in Africa would fifty leaders leave their country and come to America for a bloody summit. Only in Africa will such rubbish “aid” be when we have leaders stealing from the treasury. This is what Africa has come to? Sickening. I see all the celebrities in their “summit” or whatever the hell they decide to call it. The stupidity of it all is cringe worthy. The inferiority complex embedded by the europeans in Africa will take centuries to wash off. Stay there, be jumping up at America is “aiding” African countries. Rubbish. Nonsense and absolute bullshiet.
    How the hell do you stop the danger of a single story (Adichie’s words) with such rubbish? So, African nations now need America’s validation?! Great! Noted! Urghhhh!!!! Patrice Lumumba and Dr Nkrumah will be turning in their graves. Imperialism never stops, does it? Nahhh!

  5. Like

    August 5, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    This is the second coming of colonial masters – Nigeria cant fund its own election….

    Mark my words, there will be post election voilence in Nigeria then US will mediate and suggest collation government..
    GEJ reminds me of all those chieves that sucked up to the colonial master..

    Bella make sure this is posted

  6. Shadie

    August 5, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    America does nothing unless it serves America’s interest. The question is, what is their interest for offering all that money for election. The answer is what we should be worried about, American govt are very sneaky.

  7. Lois

    August 5, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Is it not an irony that the USA that does not receive any sort of financial support for electioneering and campaigns from countries outside the USA have generously offered to fund elections in Nigeria?
    USA have massive plans to tie a leach to Nigeria’s neck come 2015 and beyond. Jonathan, it is better you prove people who think you are an absolute mumu wrong; over to you

  8. @edDREAMZ

    August 5, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    I dont trust america one bit bcos they are very trickish…..
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  9. Iris

    August 6, 2014 at 3:17 am

    HA! They have sold oil and many more for election chop money.

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