Nigeria’s president approves set up of $2.6 bln infrastructure firm

PUBLISHED: Fri, 12 Feb 2021 13:26:45 GMT
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Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president, takes part in a family photo with leaders of African countries at the U.K. – Africa Investment Summit at the Intercontinental Hotel in London, U.K., on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will reinforce his vision of a global Britain trading freely outside the EU on Monday, when he hosts African leaders at an inaugural summit. Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg via Getty Images

ABUJA, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s president has approved the creation of a new company that will focus on infrastructure development, with a seed capital of 1 trillion naira ($2.63 billion), the head of state’s office said on Friday.

The company, named Infra-Co, will be a public-private partnership, and the initial capital will come from the central bank, the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), and the Africa Finance Corporation, it said.

“Infra-Co will finance public asset development, rehabilitation and reconstruction as well as invest in cutting edge infrastructure projects for roads, rail, power and other key sectors,” President Muhammadu Buhari’s office said in a statement.

Its board will be chaired by the central bank governor, the managing director Nigeria’s sovereign wealth fund, the president of the Africa Finance Corporation, and three independent directors from the private sector, the statement said.

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The aim is for the entity to grow to 15 trillion naira in assets and capital, it added.

Nigeria’s poor transport and power networks have stymied economic growth for decades, holding back the distribution of wealth in the country which has Africa’s biggest economy but 40% of people live below the national poverty line of 137,430 naira ($360.99) per year.

($1 = 380.70 naira) (Reporting by Felix Onuah; Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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