NBS: Ebonyi, Delta, Gombe… 26 States Attracted Zero Foreign Investments in 2020


The capital importation report recently published by the National Bureau of Statistics details the value of fresh investments that flowed into the Nigerian economy in 2020.

The 26 states are: Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Taraba, Yobe, and Zamfara.

Recall that 11 of these states also failed to attract foreign investments in 2019.

These states are Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Gombe, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kogi, Plateau, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara.

It is also important to note that this report is different from the investment announcement report published by the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council which is only based on investment announcements and the authenticity of the investment announcements has not been independently verified by the NIPC.

In December 2020, the NIPC reported that investments worth $1 billion were announced in Kogi in the third quarter of 2020, the highest in the country.

Lagos outshined nine other states and the federal capital territory (FCT) to top the list of states that attracted the most investments in 2020.

Lagos state attracted $8.31 billion in investments, representing 85.7 percent of the total capital inflow into the country.

Abuja (FCT) emerged second top investment destination with $1.27 billion, while Abia came in third with $56.07 million.

Other states that attracted foreign investments in 2020 are Niger ($16.36 million); Ogun ($13.39 million); Anambra ($10.02 million); Kaduna ($4.03 million); Sokoto ($2.50 million); Kano ($2.38 million); while Akwa Ibom and Adamawa received $1.05 million and $0.02 million foreign investments respectively.

Out of 65 countries that invested in Nigeria, the United Kingdom emerged as the top source of capital investment in 2020 with $4.17 billion.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) followed with $899.44 million; Netherlands ($890.58 million); and South Africa with ($875.99 million).

Akin Oyebode, the Ekiti State Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, when asked about the state’s investment status says the methodology for gathering the data is flawed.

“The methodology focuses on the registered address importing capital. So if you’re investing in Kano, but your address states Abuja, that’s where it’s recorded for,” he said.


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