The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a $72 million good governance sustaining machinery in Nigerian states.
The programme, a new State Accountability, and Effectiveness (State2State) Activity tis o strengthen subnational governance systems in six key states of Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Gombe and Sokoto with the intention of extending it to other states, will run for five years.
A press release today by USAID, said the five-year, $72 million State2State Activity would help improve how these states plan and budget, raise revenues, increase civil society participation, and oversee service delivery in the health; education; and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sectors.
U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard said, the scale and scope of the State2State activity is a potent symbol of the U.S. government’s commitment to partner with Nigeria to improve governance.
Speaking on the machinery, Ebonyi State Governor, Nweze Umahi, one of three governors who participated at the virtual launching ceremony, said, there’s no doubt that we need the support of development partners to improve and sustain delivery of critical services.
The activity is implemented by Development Alternatives, Incorporation (DAI) in partnership with key Nigerian organisations and aimed at capturing m documenting, and sharing best practices, working with partner states to make more information available to citizens and relevant institutions.