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USAID suspends agreement with Nigeria’s YWCA over crisis

By Etop Ekanem
THE United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has suspended the Y-CARE project agreement with Young Women Christian Association of Nigeria (YWCA.

The two-year-old Y-CARE Project which began in 2007 is an HIV/AIDS project designed by YWCA Nigeria and sponsored by USAID to ensure the war against HIV/AIDS is waged on all fronts to save Nigerians from the scourge.

However, following the attempt of 13 members of YWCA Nigeria allegedly to allegedly impeach Lady Comfort Ani, the president of the organisation, USAID had to give them time to sort their differences.

The suspension which came into effect from July 27, 2009 was contained in a letter signed by the Agreement Officer of USAID, Mr Michael Glees, in response to a letter written to USAID by one of the aggrieved parties.

The aggrieved party had written to the banks used by YWCA and USAID purporting to have taken over the presidency of the YWCA from Ani and urging that the corporate organisations recognise her and do business with her.

In USAID’s reply letter to the letter, Glees said the suspension was as a result of the leadership crisis in the organisation.

The USAID, therefore, directed the YWCA Nigeria to halt all project activities and expenditures related to the project until further notice.

However, Lady Ani, the World Vice-President of YWCA and president of the body in Nigeria speaking in Lagos said she is still the president of the organisation.


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