Construction workers on site. Photo: Arne Hoel / World Bank
Posted on: 9th October 2014
Our support to the Government of Nigeria’s ‘Transformation Agenda’ played its part in unlocking greater efficiency within the Government of Nigeria and bringing opportunities for growth to the economy.
Following a process of prioritisation led by the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance some small tweaks to the working practices of a key government unit have begun to pay dividends.
A new railway has opened which runs the length of Nigeria, providing an important commercial corridor for small businesses. A BBC report into the opening of the railway quoted many Nigerians who were pleased with the railway describing it as ‘development’ and giving credit to the government for making it happen. Trade at the port is much brisker thanks to a reduction in red tape that will encourage businesses from Africa and beyond to continue to invest in Nigeria by making use of its resources.
Nigeria is one of the powerhouse economies of Africa and these small steps are part of a bigger picture which shows a bright future for the country.
Managing Director, Effective Governance
The work described here was carried out by the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative, it is now being continued by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.