Nigeria plays an important role in stability and democracy in the wider region and has considerable economic potential. 2011 saw the founding of the German-Nigerian Binational Commission, which is made up of working groups in the fields of business, energy, politics, culture, education and migration. Its goal is to support the reform agenda of the Nigerian Government.
In the fight against Boko Haram, the Federal Government is assisting with the training and equipping of the Nigerian security forces and contributing to transnational stabilisation projects.
Meanwhile, cooperation between Germany and Nigeria on migration issues has intensified in recent years. The two countries liaise with one another on the return of Nigerian migrants, and Germany is also assisting the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in the areas of biometric data collection and border management.
Nigeria is Germany’s second-largest trading partner in sub-Saharan Africa. One priority of bilateral economic relations is cooperation in the energy sector. The focus is on the rehabilitation and expansion of energy production in Nigeria – particularly through renewable energy and improved energy efficiency – as well as greater participation of German companies in tapping energy sources in Nigeria.
Priorities of development cooperation with Nigeria include sustainable economic development, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises, vocational training and the financial sector. The Federal Government has also supported the successful efforts to eradicate polio in northern Nigeria. With no new infections reported since 2016, Nigeria is officially polio-free as of 2021.
The Green Innovation Centre programme provides 170,000 smallholders with support for the cultivation of rice, maize, manioc and potatoes. Germany is also making a significant contribution to the establishment of the Nigerian Development Bank with funds from Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW).
The Goethe-Institut Nigeria has been based in Lagos since 1962. Enthusiasm about learning German is considerable. Many Nigerians are interested in Germany, and young people in particular are often eager to study there once they have learned the language.