United States maps out $50m for Nigeria’s 2023 polls
The United States has allocated $50 million for the upcoming Nigeria’s 2023 general elections.
US Consul General, Mr. Will Stevens announced this on Monday in Ibadan during an open session of election reporting workshop for journalists organised by West Africa Broadcast & Media Academy (WABMA).
According to Mr. Stevens, the US government has been working closely with partners through US Agency for International Development(USAID) to ensure that every vote counts.
“The US government has allocated over $50 million for technical assistance and support, trainings, for civil society organizations to support elections, transparency, elections processes, technical assistance, working on the IT systems among others,” he said.
Stressing that the U.S. will continue to emphasise the value of voting and protecting a free press, he added:
“We’re committed to initiatives here in Nigeria to build needed capacity.
“We funded training for hundreds of journalists on topics ranging from fact checking, health reporting, defense and national security reporting, investigative journalism, election reporting and media ethics.”
The allocation will cover training of journalists, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and technical assistance among others to ensure transparent exercise. Read more.