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Addressing Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit

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Addressing Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit
Flying the Nigerian flag. Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit inhibits the country’s efforts to diversify its economy. Image credit: Emmanuel Ikwuegbu from Unsplash

Addressing Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit

Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit inhibits the country’s efforts to diversify its economy.  

According to the African Development Bank (AfDB) Nigeria’s energy sector alone will require investments of more than USD759-billion, while the transport sector will need north of USD575-billion.

The bank’s Nigerian Country Department Director General Lamin Barrow says that Nigeria still faces huge infrastructure deficits, which inhibits the country’s efforts to diversify its non-oil production and achieve international competitiveness for exports.

According to the 2020 National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan, Nigeria needs total infrastructure investments of about USD2.3-trillion to raise its infrastructure stock to the international benchmark of 70% of GDP.

“To address this problem, the African Development Bank is supporting the federal and state governments to improve the national and states’ infrastructure.

“As of April 2024, 31% of the AfDB’s active portfolio, valued at USD1.44-billion, is supporting infrastructure development in Nigeria,” says Barrow.

Addressing Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit
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Addressing Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit

According to the AfDB Nigeria will need to:

  • Accelerate domestic resource mobilisation
  • Boost agriculture sector productivity
  • Develop value chains and supportive infrastructure
  • Enhance de-risk investments
  • Prioritise natural resource value addition and beneficiation
  • Strengthen institutional capacity
  • Bridge the skills mismatch to enhance youth employability

“Nasarawa State specifically is known for its huge potential in agriculture, particularly its organised commodity aggregation system, which ensures the marketability and traceability of produce.

“It is reassuring to note that Nasarawa is prioritising the development of agricultural value chains for key commodities such as sesame, rice, and ginger,” says Barrow.

Addressing Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit

According to Dr. Doris Nkiruka Uzoka-Anite, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Nasarawa State has shown great vision in ensuring that the state’s vast lithium deposits are developed and processed, and that raw materials are not exported out of Nigeria without adding value.

The AfDB recently financed the construction of the Keffi and Akwanga water supply schemes in Nasarawa State, comprising intake works, pumping stations, a 62,850 m3/d treatment plant, 19.9 km of transmission pipes and 42 km of distribution pipes, as well as service reservoirs, drainage, and buildings.

The state is under consideration for participation in Phase II of the Special Agriculture Processing Zone (SAPZ) program in Nigeria. https://apo-opa.co/3wMbTmz

Addressing Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit

Addressing Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit
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