| 18 April 2024, Thursday |

EU rolls out $1.3 billion to help Nigeria diversify its economy

Nigeria will receive 1.29 billion euros ($1.3 billion) from the European Union (EU) and its development finance institutions to help it diversify its economy away from oil, the EU said in a document released on Monday.

Nigeria has been attempting to diversify its economy and exports outside of the oil industry, which contributes around 7% of the country’s GDP and 90% of its foreign exchange revenues.

The funding will be provided until 2027 under the EU’s “Green Deal” initiative and will, among other things, focus on enhancing access to renewable energy and boosting the development of the agricultural sector.

“In parallel, the EIB (European Investment Bank) sovereign lending will support the agri-food sector access to markets by financing rural roads, as well as climate adaptation and mitigation efforts,” the EU said.

About 57 projects, including nature-based measures to reduce climate change vulnerability, combating deforestation and desertification, and a waste-to-energy initiative in the southern Cross River state will receive funding, the EU said.

  • Reuters