UK Minister for Business and Trade Badenoch Arrives in Nigeria

Michael Olugbode in Abuja

The United Kingdom Minister for Business and Trade, Kemi Badenoch, has arrived in Nigeria to begin a three-day visit to deepen the UK-Nigeria partnership.

According to a statement from the British High Commission in Nigeria, following the former Foreign Secretary’s visit to Nigeria in August 2023, and last week’s UK-Nigeria Security and Defence Talks, Badenoch’s visit will take forward ongoing efforts by both countries to boost the UK-Nigeria trade relationship and unlock new investment opportunities. 

The statement said while in Nigeria, Badenoch and the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Nigeria, Helen Grant, will hold meetings with the Federal Government of Nigeria, state governors, as well as British and Nigerian business leaders and investors. 

The statement read: “Through these meetings, she will explore current and potential investment and trade activities from education to infrastructure and energy projects, with a potential to create thousands of jobs.

“Minister Badenoch will look to further strengthen the UK-Nigeria partnership, remove barriers to trade and investment, grow business between the two countries, and ensure the City of London’s enabling role for international business is more accessible to Nigeria.”

Commenting on her visit to Nigeria, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Dr Richard Montgomery, said: “Nigeria is one of the UK’s most important partners in Africa. We are committed to helping Nigeria unlock new investments opportunities, supporting more UK and international investment through the City of London, and thereby creating jobs in both our countries.

“Recent big and bold reforms by the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Central Bank are boosting optimism amongst international investors that the country is on the right path and are creating the conditions for growth.”