Nigeria got $328 million in loans from China’s Exim bank to improve telecom infrastructure in the West African countries. Nigeria’s Presidency made an official announcement regarding this.
Poor telecoms are a major challenge for businesses operating in Nigeria, which is Africa’s largest oil producer, most populous country and has one of the continent’s largest economies. The agreement, the latest in a number of Chinese loan facilities to Nigeria since Buhari took office in 2015, comes as Beijing seeks to deepen its ties in Africa.
Nigeria’s presidency, in an emailed statement, described the loan as between Nigeria’s Galaxy Backbone and China’s Huawei Technologies.
It said the agreement was part of “the current administration’s commitment to incorporating the development of information and communications technology into national strategic planning”.
Buhari’s administration has said it wants to improve the country’s technology infrastructure to boost growth and create jobs as it seeks to reduce reliance on oil sales, which make up around two thirds of government revenues.