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Timezone: West Africa Time (UTC+1)

Nigeria is situated in West Africa where it shares its land border in the west with the Republic of Benin, in the east with Chad and Cameroon, and in the north with Niger—popularly referred to as the “Giant of Africa” due to its resources and population. The country is the most populous in Africa, with a population estimated to be over 207 million. The country has a very diverse ethnic group with over 100 languages. However, the major languages spoken in the country are Yoruba, Hausa, and Igbo, with English regarded as the official language in the country. The climate of the country varies widely with equatorial south, tropical in the middle, and arid in the north, while the landscape consists of southern lowlands, plateaus, and hills in the north and mountains in the southeast.

The country adopts a federal presidential republic system of government comprising 36 states and Abuja the Federal Capital. The economy is heavily reliant on Petroleum and Petroleum Products as its main source of foreign exchange earnings and accounts for over 70 percent of government revenue. The challenges facing the country include erratic power supply, lack of infrastructure, terrorist insurgence, kidnapping, banditry, clashes between farmers and herders, pervasive corruption, internet fraud, and police brutality.

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National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy

Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Nigeria

This policy is to ensure the attainment of a secure and resilient cyberspace in Nigeria. The strategy include strengthening cybersecurity governance, protecting national information system, strengthen legal and regulatory framework and promoting the digital economy.

Nigeria 2021 Information, Communication, and Technology

Guidelines on Corporate Governance for Pension Fund Operators (PFOs)

Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Nigeria

The aim of these guidelines include: to incorporate best corporate governance practices in PFOs in Nigeria; to promote corporate values and ethical practices in the pension industry; to specify the roles, responsibilities and management of...

Nigeria 2021 Finance

Nigeria's Nationally Determined Contribution - Update

Ministry of Environment, Nigeria

This document contains an updated Nationally Determined Contribution towards the fight against climate change and fulfilment of the Paris Agreement.

Nigeria 2021 Environment and Climate Change

Nigeria Vision 20:2020 Economic Transformation Blueprint

National Planning Commission, Nigeria

Vision 20:2020 is an articulation of the long-term intent to launch Nigeria on to a path of sustained social and economic progress and accelerate the emergence of a truly prosperous and united Nigeria. Recognising the...

Nigeria 2020 Democracy and Governance

Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan

Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Nigeria

The Economic Sustainability Plan is designed to mitigate the effects of a deep recession, while ensuring social stability and addressing long-standing economic vulnerabilities as envisaged in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

Nigeria 2020 Economy

Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020

Ministry of Justice, Nigeria

This Act repeals the Companies and Alied Matters Act, 1990, laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004 and enacts the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 to provide for the incorporation of companies, limited liability...

Nigeria 2020 Trade, Industry, and Investment

Companies Income Tax (Significant Economic Presence) Order, 2020

Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Nigeria

The Order defines the concept of “Significant Economic Presence” as it relates to the taxation of non-resident companies under the Companies Income Tax Act (CITA) as amended by the Finance Act, 2019.

Nigeria 2020 Trade, Industry, and Investment

Nigeria Visa Policy 2020

Ministry of Interior Affairs, Nigeria

The policy is designed to meet the reality of the ever-changing socio-economic and politically globalized world. The document is a revised edition of the previous visa policy and part of a wider reform ‘NIS Border...

Nigeria 2020 Democracy and Governance

The Quarantine Act (COVID-19 Regulations, 2020)

Ministry of Health, Nigeria

This regulatory document declared COVID-19 a dangerous infectious disease and set quarantine rules for the restriction of movement in Lagos, FCT and Ogun State. It emphasizes that all seaports in Lagos should remain operational and...

Nigeria 2020 Health

Self Isolation Guidance for Nigerians

Ministry of Health, Nigeria

This document defines self-isolation as staying at home or in an identified accommodation, away from situations where you mix with family members or the general public, for the period of 14 days. This means any...

Nigeria 2020 Health

Emergency Economic Stimulus Bill, 2020.

Ministry of Interior Affairs, Nigeria

This bill seeks to provide for relief on corporate tax liability, suspension of import duty on selected goods and deferral of residential mortgage obligations to the federal mortgage bank of Nigeria for a fixed term...

Nigeria 2020 Economy

Interim Guidelines for Home Care of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Ministry of Health, Nigeria

This document is designed to provide guidance on provision of home care for persons with confirmed COVID-19 infection who are asymptomatic or who have mild symptoms. It emphasizes that home care should also be considered...

Nigeria 2020 Health

June 9, 2022

Political Parties, Presidential Candidates and the Electoral Act 2022 

The Electoral Act 2022 seeks to update and standardize Nigeria’s elections. The introduction of technological changes such as an electronic database of registered voters and an electronic transmission system of votes is a welcome improvement. Restricting political appointees' involvement in the election process is also a step in the right direction. However, there is a fundamental issue with the new act — its endorsement of the indirect primary process.

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