Covid 19: ‘Why Germany Must Support Nigeria’s Economic Recovery Effort’

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After the Covid 19 pandemic and the slow down of economy, its now time for friends of to come to her assistance, why?

is the most populous country in Africa, with a population of more than 190 million. It is also the continent’s largest economy. is one of the world’s biggest oil producers.

However, even though the government has been pursuing economic reforms, it has not yet succeeded in using the country’s wealth of raw materials to foster economic and social . In the latest Human Index (HDI), ranks 158th out of 189 countries. The West African country has now taken over from India as the country with the largest number of people in extreme poverty worldwide.

is facing social, ethnic, religious and political conflicts. Long phases of authoritarian military rule have contributed to domestic instability. In addition to widespread poverty, major challenges for policymakers include governance deficits, high levels of , low economic growth, a run-down infrastructure, a tense security situation and regular terrorist attacks.


is one of the countries that supports through thematic and regional programmes. cooperation with focuses on sustainable economic (including job creation and vocational training) and on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

German cooperation with

cooperation between and dates back to the country’s independence in 1960. During the military dictatorship of Sani Abacha (1993 to 1998), bilateral cooperation was more or less suspended. Since the country’s return to democracy in 1999, German cooperation has focused on supporting the reform efforts of the government with a view to reducing poverty, achieving economic growth and fostering regional stability. In 2017, committed a total of 72.1 million euros for cooperation programmes.

n-German cooperation focuses on the following priority areas:

  • Sustainable economic
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency

The BMZ also supports an immunisation programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to eradicate polio. The support focuses on vaccination campaigns in the north.

Special initiatives

Green Innovation Centre was set up in with funding from the “One World – No Hunger” initiative. It supports the reform of the agricultural sector, with a special focus on food security.

The lack of education and job opportunities and longer-term prospects in general is causing many young ns to leave the country. With funding from the German Ministry (BMZ), migration advice centres have therefore been set up in Lagos, Abuja and Benin City. At the centres, people receive information and advice, learn about alternatives to migration and get assistance in finding a job, which gives them prospects of a viable future in their own country.

The centres also provide assistance to refugees and migrants who are returning to from . As part of its Returning to New Opportunities programme, the BMZ has increased its funding for vocational training and employment promotion programmes in .

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