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NSIA’s gross assets hit N1.2trillion amid volatility and cyclical risks across markets

…audited financial results show a total comprehensive income of N147 billion in 2021


The gross assets of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) have hit N1.2 trillion, its audited financial results for 2021 have revealed.

The assets growth complements the continuous earnings recorded in the past year in spite of volatility and cyclical risks across markets for the 9th year running with a total comprehensive income of N147 billion in 2021 from a total operating income – core income of N100.8 billion in 2021.

The Managing Director/CEO of NSIA, Mr Uche Orji, disclosed this in the organization’s audited financial results for the 2021 financial year made available to Persecondnews in Abuja on Monday.

NSIA also known as “the Authority’’, is the manager of Nigeria’s sovereign wealth fund, and its strong financial performance underscores the resilience of the NSIA’s investment strategy and the quality of its earnings given the challenging macro environment.

The total Comprehensive Income of N147.0 billion in 2021, a decline of 8.2 per cent relative to 2020 at N160.1 billion inclusive of FX gains of N45.8 billion in 2021 and N51.2 billion in 2020.

Total operating income – core income (exclusive of FX gains) of N100.8 billion in 2021, down by 8.0 per cent compared to 109.6 billion in 2020. Net assets grew by 19.0 per cent to N919.73 billion in 2021 and in 2020 N772.75 billion.

2021 marked the end of another solid fiscal year at NSIA. In the period, the Authority delivered a strong performance.

While the results are in line with the Authority’s expectations, strong performance of our developed market investments were offset by challenges in our emerging market asset allocation, particularly in China equities, which saw significant underperformance by technology company stocks. ”

Looking ahead to 2022 and beyond, we believe inflationary pressures will persist for much of this year, affecting the performance of all asset classes.

We remain committed to strengthening the Authority’s performance by strengthening our risk management teams. In addition to expanding our direct investment footprint in innovation and technology in Nigeria, we have also designated ESG as an investment focus area.

We will remain unrelenting in our quest to deliver the Authority’s clear 3-fold mandate. I am confident that the actions we are taking will create value for all our stakeholders in the medium to long term, Persecondnews quotes from the financial report.

On its fund performance in infrastructure, the NSIA also recorded major milestones across domestic infrastructure projects specifically in motorways, agriculture, healthcare, technology, and gas industrialization, among others.

On gas industrialization, the report said the Authority made significant progress in conceptualizing the development of the Ammonia and Di-Ammonium Phosphate production plants in partnership with OCP.

We have secured a site for the plant and studies are ongoing including the early stages of selecting an EPC company.

The organization’s scorecard on toll roads is quite impressive with the successful execution of the three road projects being implemented under the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) namely, the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Second Niger Bridge, and Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Highway, all of which have reached advanced stages of construction.

The target completion date for the first two projects is 2022/2023 with 2025 set as the delivery date for the revised scope on Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Highway.


L – R: Mr. Kabir Oniyangi , Non-executive Director, NSIA, Mrs. Zainab S. Ahmed, Honourable Minister of Budget, Finance and National Planning; and Mr. Uche Orji, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, NSIA during the inspection of the 2nd Niger Bridge Project.


Other intervention programmes are the Presidential Fertiliser Infrastructure with 51 blending plans already as of 2021 included in the programme starting from 11 in 2017.

It also stated:“The operating entity of the programme NAIC-NPK (now PFI-NPK) has been divested to  the Ministry of Finance Incorporated (MOFI) and is being managed by the Authority as a third-party asset.  The restructured entity also turned a profit for the first time which is remarkable for what has been perenially a subsidized program.

On Panda Agric, NSIA expects to commission Panda Agric in mid-to-late 2022. Panda Agric is an investee company under the NSIA-UFF US$200m Agriculture Fund set up in 2016. Panda farm is engaged in the two-phase development of an animal feed processing business with backward integration through the farming of maize and soybean on about 3,500Ha of land in Nasarawa State (“Project Panda”).

Approximately 96 % (720ha) of the targeted 750ha of center pivot irrigation coverage has been achieved.

In technology in line with the Fund’s objective, it successfully invested in a hyper-scale cloud data company – Kasi Cloud Limited. Kasi Cloud is the next-generation interconnection and data center platform for hyper-scale and enterprise cloud solutions.

The company focuses on enabling cloud and digital transformation in Africa starting in Lagos, Nigeria. Kasi has commenced the construction of a “Tier IV” data centre worth US$250 million in Lagos.

The Authority’s pilot healthcare centres continue to deliver value as expected. Having operationalized all 3 Centres, over 60,000 patients have received care. Both NSIA-Kano Diagnostic Centre and NSIA-Umuahia Diagnostic Centre have provided services to over 50,000 patients while the Cancer Centre has attended to over 10,000 patients.

The Authority is in the process of developing an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Manufacturing Plant (API) Company in Nigeria.

NSIA has secured approval and began the development plans for the construction and operationalization of 23 new modern medical diagnostic centers of excellence covering all 6 geopolitical zones in the country, 2 Oncology centres are to be cited in Enugu and Kaduna states, and 6 Cath Labs.

NSIA’s healthcare investments will further help to create access to quality healthcare for at least one million patients per annum.’’

On the Future Generations Fund, the report said it returned 12 per cent (in USD terms) for the year with Private Equity, Developed Equity, and Hedge funds being the best performers in 2021.

The Hedge Funds: The hedge funds composite returned 12.75%  (in USD terms) for the year.  Long Only Equity: The Developed Equity assets returned 17.46% (in USD terms) for the year. Emerging market equities posted a decline in the year of -1.92%. Private Equity: Private equity, venture capital and other diversifiers  had a strong showing for the year at  a combined +23% (in USD terms) for the year.’’

On the Stabilisation Fund portfolio, NSIA said it invested in the United States sovereign debt instruments and Investment Grade Corporate Credit, pointing out that at the end of December 2021, 21 per cent of the fund was invested in a portfolio of US treasury bonds tracking the Bloomberg Barclays US Treasury bond 1–3-year index.

The fund returned 1.60 per cent (in USD terms) for the year with the structured products sub-set returning 3.69% (in USD terms) for the year.’’

On its challenges, NSIA predicted that 2022 will be the “most challenging investment environment in the last 15 years, blaming it on combined effects of Inflation, Russia-Ukraine and Covid-related supply chain challenges combine to create a tough environment for most asset classes.

NSIA will continue to drive direct investments in its core areas of: healthecare, toll roads, gas industralisation, technology, ESG, Financial markets infrastructure, toll-roads, power and agriculture.

Asset transfers will be an important component of our growth strategy in the medium to long term as we see significant opportunities in the Federal Government’s portfolio of power and real estate assets.’’

The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority is an investment institution of the Federation set up to manage funds in excess of budgeted hydrocarbon revenues. Its mission is to play a leading role in driving sustained economic development for the benefit of all Nigerians through building a savings base for the Nigerian people, enhancing the development of Nigeria’s infrastructure, and providing stabilization support in times of economic stress.

NSIA operates three mandate funds: The Stabilization Fund, the Future Generations Fund, and the Nigeria Infrastructure Fund (

NSIA Financial Statements

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