Nigeria’s Foreign Capital Importation drops to $9.68bn

Nigeria’s total value of capital importation has recorded a huge decline from $23.9 billion logged in 2019 to $9.68 billion in 2020, the lowest in three years.

According to the data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Friday, this is a decline of 59.65 per cent between 2019 and 2020.

Foreign capital flow into the country stood at $16.81bn in 2018, the NBS data showed.

The statistics agency posted in its full-year capital importation report that Nigeria recorded $1.06 billion in the fourth quarter of last year, a 26.81 per cent drop quarter on quarter.

The statement shows that the largest amount of capital importation was received through other investments which recorded $783.26 million, followed by foreign direct investment and portfolio investment.

United Kingdom topped the list of highest sources of investment, while Lagos State emerged top destination of capital investment in the review quarter.

“By Destination of investment, Lagos State emerged as the top destination of capital investment in Nigeria in Q4 2020 with $829.64m. This accounted for 77.56% of the total capital inflow in Q4 2020.

“By bank, Citibank Nigeria Limited emerged at the top of capital investment in Nigeria in Q4 2020 with $216.17m. This accounted for 20.21 per cent of the total capital inflow in Q4 2020,” NBS said.

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