About $29.91billion worth of investments were recorded in the Nigerian economy as at the end of 2019, the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) report has revealed.
The amount is a 67 per cent drop from what was tracked in 2018, which stood at $90.89billion, which NIPC attributed to uncertainties around the 2019 elections in the country, which contributed to the perception of the economy, and ultimately affected investors’ sentiments.
The report, contained in the NIPC Intelligence Newsletter, was made available to journalists, weekend, in Abuja.
The Report, however noted that the value is based only on investment announcements cited in NIPC’s Newsletters from January to December 2019; and may not contain exhaustive information on all investment announcements in Nigeria during the period.
It showed that a total of 76 projects were announced across 17 states plus the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and offshore Nigeria.
The report indicated that Lagos State had the greatest number of projects with 33, followed at a distance by Ogun with five, and Kaduna three.
In terms of value, $19.8billion (66 per cent) worth of investments was announced to be located offshore Nigeria, $2.6billion (nine per cent) in Lagos, and $1billion (four per cent) in Ondo.
Further analysis by sectors showed that the investors preferred mining & quarrying $21.5billion (72 per cent), manufacturing $3.2billion (11 per cent), electricity, gas & water supply $2.3billion (eight per cent), and transportation & storage $2billion (seven per cent), respectively.
Domestic investors were the most active, announcing 39 projects with a total worth of $10.8 billion (36 per cent), followed by Netherlands, one project worth $10 billion (33 per cent), and Canada, three projects worth $2.4billion (eight per cent). Others are Morocco, two projects worth $2.1billion (seven per cent), Malaysia, two projects worth $1billion, and Singapore announced one project worth $1billion (three per cent) each.
The Commission notes that it did not independently verify the authenticity of the investment announcements, but is working on tracking the announcements as they progress to actual investments.
Culled From guardian.ng