Nigeria, Others To Benefit $533m Humanitarian Aid From US

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Tillerson said the U.S. administration wants to step up ties with African nations, and announced humanitarian aid worth more than 533 million dollars for Ethiopia, Somalia and others.

Nigeria will benefit from about 533 million dollars to be released by the United States (U.S.) to some African countries humanitarian assistance.

The U.S., in contrast, wants to partner with African countries while promoting rule of law and democratic development, he said.

Tillerson also lauded the progress Africa, as a continent, has made with democracy.

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Speaking during a media briefing, Yamamoto said he and American Ambassador Robert Godec have held numerous talks with Odinga and other opposition figures in the past, thus, no need for any meeting with Tillerson. He said its investment had the potential to improve Africa's infrastructure, but added that its approach had led to mounting debt while creating few jobs.

Trump hasn't announced a signature initiative to help the continent, such as the PEPFAR program for HIV/AIDS that George W. Bush started, and many of his sweeping budget cuts affect overseas programs that disproportionately help Africa. This comes at an important time when countries like Nigeria and Chad are struggling with attacks from the Boko Haram insurgency while Ethiopia and Kenya are plagued with political crises.

While the top U.S. diplomat has a broad itinerary on his five-nation trip, Africa experts say Tillerson's planned stops in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Chad and Nigeria underscore the emphasis on security - and away from the traditional USA role as advocate and partner for good governance and development.

In Djibouti, China's development of its first overseas military base just a few miles away has been cause for concern for the USA, illustrating the military side of a broader competition between the US and China playing out across the continent.

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Last month, three United Nations aid agencies and the National Bureau of Statistics described the food situation as alarming with over seven million people in South Sudan estimated to be food insecure.

The humanitarian assistance includes more than $110 million for affected populations from Somalia.

The amount was part of the $533m aid the handing out to the country alongside the people of Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and countries in the Lake Chad region.

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