By Laide Akinboade
United States Mission to Nigeria has awarded 221,902 dollars grants in response to applications to the Ambassador’s Small Grants Programme, Deputy Chief of Mission, David Young said at the award ceremony on Friday in Abuja.
According to him, a total of 27 projects, covering 14 Nigerian states, will be undertaken by organisations that represented the 2018 Ambassador’s Small Grants programme.
According to him, “this year, approximately 222,000 U.S dollars will fund the construction and provision of classrooms, health clinics, community centres and boreholes.
“Some of this funding will also benefit orphans and vulnerable children, as well as key populations and communities living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, and through addressing economic, nutritional, and hygienic needs,” he said.
He said that the initiatives would help improve access to education and health services for vulnerable children and communities at risk.
“Some of the projects include the rehabilitation and provision of equipment to primary schools, the construction and rehabilitation of local health clinics.”
“Others are the construction of boreholes and recycling facilities to benefit communities across Nigeria,” he said.
He noted that the awards were designed to assist communities through small-scale development projects directed at improving basic living conditions at the grassroots level.
According to him, the U.S. Government contribution to these projects aims to support high-impact, quick-implementation activities.
“The primary objective is to “Help people help themselves,” encouraging every project to include a strong element of community involvement, in order to achieve success and sustainability,” he said.
He said that U. S. was committed as a partner, to ensure that Nigeria thrives economically and socially.
“As a partner with you, the U. S. government wants Nigeria to thrive. Because we realize we have mutual interest together we are part of one world we are global citizens today.
“And, when it happens to one corner of our world affects the rest of and so the work that we do together makes a key difference and so we believe that investing here in Nigeria is an investment in our global community that affects us and helps us in united states as well.
“Our direct assistance to improve basic economic and social conditions at the local community or village level promotes a conscious responsibility to lift up society,” he said.
He said, the U. S. is proud to support these various projects in their early phases, we take a greater delight in seeing that communities can be self-reliant and sustain their activities Independent of U. S. assistance.
“We remain confident that each community can maintain the momentum and establish an environment for their people to take part in their growth for many years to come,” he said
Mr Rex Ajenifuja who responded on behalf of the recipients thanked the embassy for identifying them to undertake the project.
Ajenifuja assured the embassy that the project would be well done and also be delivered at the expected time.
“We are grassroot we so delighted to be identified with tthis scheme, we want to assure you that we will deliver we want to asure you that the job will not only be done but will be done well,” he said