UK to Invest $1 Billion in Nigeria’s Transport Sector

By December 21, 2016 Investment News

Nigeria’s minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi said firms from the United Kingdom have revealed plans toinvest over $1bn (about N305bn) in the transport sector of the Nigerian economy.

According to him, the investments, expected to come on stream within 18 months, are aimed at improving the operations of Nigeria’s maritime, railway and aviation industries.

A report from a meeting between prepresentatives of both countries stated that the over $1bn planned projects were the fallout of an investment forum that took place in London on November 29, 2016, which was attended by representatives of both Nigeria and the UK.

Specifically, the report stated that the meeting stressed “the importance of more involvement of the private sector, increased public-private partnership opportunities ranging from establishment of ship building yards, flat-bottom boats for waterways, ports fencing, modernisation of transportation systems, ship breaking yards, railway infrastructure and logistics, power sourcing as well as the various channels of business to access financing from the UK.”

Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, led a team of chief executive officers of various agencies of the government under his ministry to the forum, while the UK government team was led by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.

Amaechi said Nigeria was ripe for more foreign direct investments, urging the UK firms to take advantage of the business opportunities, especially “now that the post-Brexit era could open more opportunities through the Commonwealth organisation.”

“The UK needs to re-address its unique relationship with Nigeria after slipping to fifth behind China, US, India and Germany in inbound investments,” he added.

Source: <TVC News>