What is the political situation like in Nigeria

Nigeria Bitter poverty despite abundance of raw materials

Development cooperation between Nigeria and Germany has existed since the country gained independence in 1960.

During the military dictatorship of Sani Abacha (1993 to 1998), most of the bilateral cooperation was discontinued. Since the democratic new beginning in 1999, German development policy has concentrated on supporting the government's reform efforts with regard to poverty reduction, economic growth and regional stability. In 2017, funds totaling 72.1 million euros were committed for this purpose.

German-Nigerian development cooperation focuses on the following areas:

  • Sustainable economic development
  • Renewable energies / energy efficiency

In addition, the BMZ is funding a vaccination program run by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to combat polio. In particular, vaccination campaigns in the north of the country are supported.

Special initiatives

With funds from the special initiative "ONE WORLD without Hunger", a so-called Green Innovation Center was founded in Nigeria. It supports the reform of the agricultural sector and focuses above all on food security.

Many young people in Nigeria respond to the lack of education and employment opportunities and the lack of long-term prospects with migration. With funds from the special initiative for flight and migration, the German Development Ministry (BMZ) has set up advisory centers in Lagos, Abuja and Benin City. They offer information and advice, point out alternatives to migration and create concrete prospects to stay by arranging jobs.

Refugees who return to their home country from Germany are also supported. As part of its Perspective Home program, the BMZ has increased the funds for projects for vocational training and employment promotion in Nigeria.