Impact of Insecurity on Investment in Nigeria

Gylych Jelilov, Kemal Ozden, Sotonye Orinaemi Briggs
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This paper examines the relevant issue of insecurity in Nigeria and its implication for socio-economic development, with the available data on the level and magnitude of insecurity in Nigeria exposes an increase over time, which constitutes serious threat to lives and properties, obstructs commercial activities and discourages local and foreign investors, all which suppresses Nigeria’s socio-economic growth. This rising wave of insecurity has not subsided but has assumed an unsafe facet which is threatening the communal existence of the country as one geographical entity. In the light of the above, the paper recommends that government must be pre-emptive in dealing with security issues and threats, in view of managing security challenges. The real solution lies in government accelerating the pace of economic growth by creating an economy with a relevant social, economic and physical infrastructure to support business and industrial growth. This research paper carries out empirical research on the effect of insecurity and investment on the economy of Nigeria from 2007 to 2017, using three variables as input Nigeria Terrorism Index, Foreign Direct Investment [Inflow], Oil Prices. The study employed the use of correlation and regression techniques to analyse the collected data. Using Nigeria Terrorism Index as a proxy for insecurity and Foreign Direct Investment [Inflow] as a proxy for investment.
Insecurity, Investment, Economic growth.
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