The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) has called on the Nigerian government not to treat the Russia-Ukraine war lightly, that it brings pains and opportunities for the Nigerian economy.
The NESG disclosed this in a report titled “Implications of Russia-Ukraine War: Risks and Opportunities for Nigeria” on Sunday.
According to the think tank group, while Nigeria was exposed to the implications of the Russian-Ukraine war due to the fact both countries are Nigeria’s trading partners, there are opportunities.
The group stated that the Russian invasion of Ukraine was expected to reduce Nigeria’s trade volume with both Russia and Ukraine, citing that supply chain disruptions caused by the war have negatively affected Nigeria.
They added that the war will also disrupt Nigeria’s access to the global economy through trade, finance, commodity, technology transfer channel, foreign policy channel and migration channels
“The tensions have triggered global supply chain disruptions, largely affecting countries exposed to trade with the warring nations.
“Uncertainties will make investors seek safe havens, and this could prompt capital outflows from emerging markets, including Nigeria.
“Constraints to supply due to the geopolitical tension have pushed up global commodity prices. This will generally fuel global inflation,” it said.
It added that Nigeria’s alliance with Russia could suffer a setback due to fears that she might face sanctions from the West like those on Russia, citing that the war had also affected millions of migrants in Ukraine, including about 4000 Nigerians who are currently studying in Ukrainian universities.
The NESG urged the government to take certain key action points to mitigate the impact of the crisis on the Nigerian economy, such as;
“Removing the constraints to agricultural productivity to improve food security and supporting value chain development to ensure that primary products are processed locally before they are exported.
“Implementing the Petroleum Industry Act in a holistic manner is key to attracting huge investments into Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.
“Leveraging the benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement (AfCFTA) and ensuring effective border control, Removing capital controls and encouraging the inflow of stable investments, such as Foreign Direct Investment.
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