Nigeria's sovereign wealth fund grew assets by 20% to $1.07B in 2015, says CEO Uche Orji

Uche Orji, CEO, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority.

Total assets of Nigeria’s sovereign wealth fund grew to 213.67 billion naira ($1.07 billion) in 2015, up by 20 percent compared with the previous year, its managing director said on Friday.

Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer, established the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) in 2011 with $1 billion of seed capital in an effort to manage oil export revenues.

“Total assets recorded a growth of 20 percent to 213.66 billion naira at year end,” the fund’s Managing Director, Uche Orji, said in a report issued on Friday.

The total assets were up from 177.84 billion naira ($894.57 million) the previous year. And investment income grew by 47 percent to close at 5.8 billion naira ($29.18 million).

The report said 2015 was a “difficult year” but the NSIA had “managed to protect its capital in a harsh and volatile market environment”.

The fund is divided into three parts, a ‘Stabilisation Fund’ to act as a buffer against economic turbulence, an Infrastructure Fund and a Future Generations fund.

In November officials announced that $250 million from liquid natural gas export proceeds would be injected into the wealth fund.

Orji said this additional capital was received in February 2016 and will be invested within the new fiscal year.

He said it would be invested using the existing deployment ratio of 40 percent in Infrastructure Fund, 40 percent in Future Generations Fund and 20 percent in Stabilisation Fund.

It is the first fresh money since the previous administration injected $1 billion in 2014.

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