By Chioma Iruke
A total of US$8.99 billion was tracked as investment announcements into Nigeria from July to September 2021, the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) has said.
Making the announcement public on Tuesday in Abuja, the Commission stated that the investment tracked in Q3 of 2021 was “130% more than the value in the corresponding period in 2020 (US$3.95 billion)”.
According to NIPC’s Director of Strategic Services, Abubakar Yerima “a total of 33 projects were tracked across 8 States during the period. The month of August was the most active during the quarter, accounting for 64% of the total announcements.
“The top 10 announcements accounted for 96% of the volume tracked. Compared to Q3 2020, there is a marked improvement in the level of confidence in the investing community post-COVID-19.
“In the period covered by the Report, Lagos State received the largest share of the announcements with 20 projects accounting for 81% (US$7.29 billion) of the total in manufacturing, information and communications, finance and insurance, human health and social services, and electricity.
“Rivers State recorded US$300 million worth of announcements in manufacturing and transportation, and Oyo State had US231 million announced in electricity and trade (e-commerce). The 4 States accounted for 87% of the total investments.
“The top sectors were manufacturing (42%), electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply (25%), information and communications (23%) and transportation (7%). Domestic investors were the most active during the period accounting for 47% of the announcements, followed by announcements from South Korea (22%), South Africa (16%), and the Kingdom of Spain (6%)”.