LAGOS: THE United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) disclosed it had spent £266 million on local projects between 2013 and 2014.
The figures were disclosed in a Winter Update for 2014/2015 the agency has released. DFID said during the period, 1, 4 million pregnant women and children received help with nutrition while 4,7 million more pregnant women and children would have improved nutrition by the end of 2015.
In the last year, the agency said it had helped 470 000 people increase their incomes by more than 15 percent and since 2011, has helped over 7 million people gain access formal financial service.
DFID added 2,3 million people have already benefitted from cleaner water and villages free from defecation in the street. By 2015 it is projected the number of beneficiaries would have increased to 5,5 million people.
DFID said it supported elections where 40 million people voted in 2011 and will support the upcoming general elections when 55 million people are expected to vote.
“DFID aims to support progress in Nigeria that will improve the lives of the poor, reduce internal conflicts, deepen democracy and build the confidence of investors,” the agency said.
It said its programme focuses on improving governance, helping the most impoverished states deliver health and education, helping change the lives of girls and women, and supporting conflict reduction and job creation.
“A prosperous Nigeria will benefit UK trade and security interests, and help reduce crime, money laundering and illegal immigration.” As part of the UK cross-government team, DFID works with UN agencies, non-governmental organisations and the private sector to deliver results through the direct provision of services.
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