Nigeria’s GDP grew by 3.52% year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2022, driven mainly by the services sector, which contributed 56.27% to aggregate GDP growth.
This information was disclosed by the national bureau of statistics
The agriculture sector experienced a 2.05% increase but was significantly hindered due to severe flooding that occurred throughout the country during this period and ultimately led to lower yields from agricultural activities than expected for this quarter. On the other hand, the industry recorded a -0.94%, indicating a decline in production across all sectors within Nigeria’s industrial landscape relative to the previous quarters in 2022 and 2021, respectively.
Nigeria’s annual GDP growth rate registered at 3.10%, down from 3.40% in 2021, as both agriculture and industry sectors failed to keep up with service sector expansion rates over both years. This can be attributed largely to extreme weather conditions such as floods, which caused major disruptions for farmers who could not capitalize on higher crop yields or take advantage of any potential opportunities presented by increased demand for their produce. Additionally, industrial output declined primarily because businesses faced challenges related to high energy costs, fuel shortages, and unreliable power supplies, resulting in low productivity levels among workers employed within manufacturing plants throughout Nigeria.
As services continued its upward trajectory towards economic prosperity despite unfavorable environmental circumstances affecting other two key industries that are integral parts of the nation’s economy, much work remains to ensure sustainable long-term development across all three areas going forward into 2023 and beyond. With the right policies in place to support local agricultural producers and create incentives to attract investors back into Nigerian markets, the government could potentially reverse current trends witnessed over the past two years, ushering in a new era of greater economic stability overall.