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by Victor Ndubuisi

In a recent development that highlights the difficulties experienced by international companies doing business in Nigeria, Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential contender for 2023, voiced worries regarding Nestle Nigeria’s enormous financial losses.

One of the biggest losses in the history of the corporation occurred in Nigeria when Nestle Nigeria, a division of the multinational food giant Nestlé, revealed a sharp decline in its financial performance.

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Since its founding in 1961, Nestle Nigeria has emerged as a major force in the consumer products sector of the nation. Its three factories are positioned in Agbara, Sagamu, and Abaji, which are all close to Abuja. Nigeria has long been regarded by the business as a crucial market because of the country’s rapidly changing demographics. But recent economic difficulties have had a significant influence, especially with the collapse of the naira’s value relative to the dollar, have severely impacted Nestle Nigeria’s revenue and profitability.

Mr. Obi highlighted the stark contrast between Nestle Nigeria’s financial performance a decade ago and its current predicament. “As of 2014, Nestle Nigeria boasted a revenue of N140 billion, approximately $1 billion, accounting for about 1% of the company’s global revenue,” he stated. “However, recent audited reports reveal a sharp decline, with revenue plummeting to a third of its 2014 figures, standing at around $300 million, accompanied by a staggering loss of about $70 million.”


The erosion of Nestle Nigeria’s financial standing underscores the challenging business environment in Nigeria, as articulated by Mr. Obi. “This sad situation could have been better managed through more rigorous thinking to design solutions for the economic challenges,” he remarked. “National greatness and development cannot be pursued in an atmosphere that discourages production.”

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Furthermore, Mr. Obi emphasized the critical role of attracting foreign investment in stimulating economic growth and employment opportunities. “The best way to create employment for our teeming youth is by creating an environment conducive and attractive for more multinationals to invest in Nigeria,” he asserted. “Instead, our policies are chasing away the existing ones.”

Nestle Other international businesses thinking about investing in Nigeria should take note from Nigeria’s financial difficulties. Due to the substantial losses sustained and the depletion of shareholder money, international businesses could be reluctant to establish or broaden their operations within the nation.

Mr. Obi’s view is consistent with wider requests for measures targeted at creating a more favourable business climate in Nigeria. It is essential to address structural issues like regulatory uncertainty and currency volatility in order to draw in and keep foreign investment.

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To sum up, Mr. Peter Obi’s comments highlight the critical need for aggressive steps to solve the issues international companies in Nigeria face, as demonstrated by the recent financial crisis at Nestle Nigeria.



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