Goal 9 – Industry Innovation and Infrastructure

Investment in infrastructure and innovation are crucial drivers of economic growth and development. With almost half of Nigeria’s population (48.6% 2016 est.) now living in cities, mass transport and renewable energy are becoming ever more important, as are the growth of new industries and information and communication technologies.

Technological progress is also key to finding lasting solutions to both economic and environmental challenges, such as providing new jobs and promoting energy efficiency. Promoting sustainable industries, and investing in scientific research and innovation, are all important ways to facilitate sustainable development.

One in seven people still lack access to electricity and more than half of the population lack access to internet. Bridging this digital divide is crucial to ensure equal access to information and knowledge, as well as foster innovation and entrepreneurship.

Facts and figures

69 million

About 35% of Nigerians have no access to safe water while less than 1 in 10 (9.2 %) of households drink safe water and 80% of people lack access to basic sanitation

1 in 7

One in seven people still lack access to electricity; most of them live in rural areas of Nigeria.


Less than 1% of GDP is allocated to infrastructure financing


Infrastructure makes up close to 30% of Nigeria’s Construction Industry

138 million

There are over 70% mobile telephone subscribers in Nigeria.

70.3 million

More than 35% of Nigerians are Active Internet users

13.6 million

There are 13.6 active social media accounts


Nigeria ranks 124 out of 140 countries in competitiveness rating
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 1 No Poverty
Goal 2 Zero Hunger
Goal 3 Good Health and Well Being
Goal 4 Quality Education
Goal 5 Gender Equality
Goal 6 Clean Water and Sanitation
Goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 9 Industry Innovation and Infrastructure
Goal 10 Reduced Inequalities
Goal 11 Sustainable Cities And Communities
Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 13 Climate Action
Goal 14 Life Below Water
Goal 15 Live on Land
Goal 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Goal 17 Partnership For The Goals

Goals in action