US Government To Spend $50 Million On Nigeria’s 2023 General Elections

US Government To Spend $50 Million On Nigeria’s 2023 General Elections

By Manny Akpan | News Reporter on November 14, 2022
US Government
Will Stevens, the US Consul General

The United States has allocated $50 million for upcoming Nigeria’s 2023 general elections.

Will Stevens, the US consul general, announced this on Monday, November 14, 2022 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.

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