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Nigeria gets $600 million Maersk investment in seaport infrastructure

Nigeria gets $600 million Maersk investment in seaport infrastructure

Nigeria secured a $600 million investment in seaport infrastructure from Danish shipping company A.P. Moller-Maersk.

The presidency in Nigeria revealed this in a statement on Sunday.

The investment was secured during a meeting between President Bola Tinubu and Moller-Maersk Chairman Robert Maersk Uggla on the sidelines of a World Economic Forum meeting in Saudi Arabia.


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“We believe in Nigeria, and we will invest $600 million in existing facilities and make the ports accommodating for bigger ships,” the Nigerian presidency quoted Uggla as saying during the meeting.

Nigeria has promised to revamp its ports, including in the commercial capital Lagos, to ease congestion that frustrates businesses.

Tinubu said during the meeting that his government would support the modernisation and automation of its ports to improve trade, reduce corruption and boost efficiency.

“A bet on Nigeria is a winning bet. It is also a bet that rewards beyond what is obtainable elsewhere,” he said. “We need to encourage more opportunities for revenue expansion and minimize trans-shipments from larger ships to smaller ships.”

Impact of Maersk investment 

The $600 million investment from Maersk in Nigeria’s seaport infrastructure is expected to have significant impacts on various aspects of the country’s economy and logistics sector:

Expansion of Port Infrastructure

The primary effect of this investment will be the expansion and modernization of existing port infrastructure in Nigeria. This will allow Nigerian ports to accommodate larger container ships, enhancing their capacity and efficiency in handling international trade.

Boost to Trade and Economic Growth

By improving port facilities and increasing their capacity, the investment is likely to boost trade activities in Nigeria. The ability to handle larger ships can lead to increased import and export volumes, contributing to economic growth and development.

Modernization and Automation

The funds will support Nigeria’s efforts towards modernizing port operations and automating processes through initiatives like the national single window project. This automation can streamline trade procedures, reduce corruption, enhance transparency, and improve overall efficiency at Nigerian ports.

Cost Reduction and Logistics Efficiency

With expanded infrastructure and improved facilities, the cost of logistics for businesses operating through Nigerian ports is expected to decrease. Efficient operations can lead to faster turnaround times for vessels, reduced waiting times for cargo handling, and overall cost savings for businesses involved in maritime trade.

Attraction of Further Investments

The substantial investment from Maersk signals confidence in Nigeria’s potential as a key player in the global maritime industry. This vote of confidence may attract other foreign investors looking to capitalize on the expanding opportunities within Nigeria’s port sector, leading to additional investments and partnerships.

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