Manufacturing Sector 

Manufacturing Sector

The Light Manufacturing sector is considered to be an ideal industry to drive Nigeria’s development due to the labor-intensive, export-focused nature of the business.

Manufacturing activity in Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa and Morocco account for two-thirds of the continent’s factory activity in nominal US dollar terms (Nigeria’s manufacturing sector is the largest in Africa).

Source: The Observatory of Economic Complexity and Trade Map



The Light Manufacturing presents a U$10.29 billion opportunity in import substitution. With over 182 million people of whom over 40 million are in the growing middle class, Nigeria represents a major potential opportunity for investments in this sector.

Nigeria’s labor force population increased to about 78.4 million in Q1 2016, with an average monthly wage of N41, 942 (US$120).

Main investment Opportunity

  • Auto components (Auto parts and replacement accessories)
  • Textile and Footwear (Embroidery, Synthetic Filament Yarn Woven Fabric, Non-Knit Men & Women’s Suit, Light Pure Woven Cotton, Knit T-Shirts, etc.)
  • White Goods (Centrifuge, Refrigerator, Washing and Bottling Machines, Air-conditioners)
  • ICT Equipment (Telephones, Computers, Broadcasting Equipment and Accessories)
  • Electrical, Electronics (Electric Generating Sets, Video Displays, Electrical Transformers, Insulated Wire, Low Voltage Protection Equipment, Electrical Control Boards)


Investment Incentives

  • Pioneer Status (tax holiday) granted for 3 years and renewed for the next two years
  • 100 percent repatriation of profit net of taxes
  • Capital allowance not restricted. Granted in full -100%
  • Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement: The IPPA helps to guarantee the safety of investment of the contracting parties in the event of war, revolution, expropriation or nationalization.


Source: Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission 

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