Last updated on June 5th, 2022 at 10:03 pmNigeria’s major source of revenue today, crude oil, is traced to Oliobiri, the present-day Bayelsa State, South-South geopolitical zone. But apart from oil, the state is blessed with other resources that could sustain the economic management of a country is properly harnessed. In this guide, we’re going to elaborately cover some of the profitable business opportunities in Bayelsa state for investors both at home and abroad. With eight local government areas, most of the towns and villages are surrounded by waters, that state has a lot of viable investment opportunities. When discussion around investment in a country or state comes up, it’s germane to know about the safety of the state and what the state has put in place to motivate boost investment. As such…
Is Bayelsa a Good State To Invest?There are several indicators the Doing Business, an arm of the World Bank, uses to measure the suitability of a country and state for doing business. But in this guide, we’re going to limit it to three major parameters that could sustain or threaten an investment. They are:
- Ease of doing business
- Business policies by the state government
What are the investment opportunities in Bayelsa?The three investment indicators highlighted above aren’t meant to discourage you, but to let you know that, definitely, you are going to face some challenges, which are surmountable. Are you ready? From oil to gas, fishing to haulage business, palm oil processing to food exports, below is a comprehensive list of business opportunities in Bayelsa state.
Aquaculture InvestmentNearly all the towns and villages in Bayelsa are interlinked by water. The larger part of the state area is covered by rivers thereby creating a huge investment opportunity for fishery investor who wants to be closer to the source of raw materials The best part is that the demand for fish in the Nigerian markets is huge such that millions of homes in the country still depend on imported aquatic products like fish, crayfish, among others. In January 2021, the founder of Aquatic Hub Afrique Network (AHAN), Mr. Steve Okeleji, revealed in an interview with Premium Times that Nigeria spends NGN125billion to import fish every year. Again, in July 2021, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe, disclosed that Nigeria imports 2.2 million tons of fish annually. The data from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) also shows that Nigeria spends so much to import fish for consumption. For an investor looking for a huge market in aquaculture and fisheries, Bayelsa state should be a top priority for this business because the state is surrounded by water resources. Some of the aquatic found in Bayelsa include mackerel, finfish, bonga sardines, shad, jacks, shekkfish species, and tilapia among others.
Production of CeramicsThe first resource that comes to mind when Bayelsa state is mentioned is crude oil. But in the actual sense, the state is blessed with other resources like clay (in large deposits), and silica sand. As an investor who is interested in diversifying into other sectors, you ship in machinery to begin the production of glass by using silica sand. The large deposit of clay is used for the production of ceramic. For instance, more than five local government areas in Bayelsa have clay in excess.
Fish ExportsInvestment in fishery automatically creates another big market for exports. Strategically, you can target some of the large importers of fish around the world. Apart from meeting the nutritious needs of the local market, this will also create fishery job opportunities for thousands of people who want to be suppliers within and to other states.
Sea Ports ManagementRecently, Nigeria’s government which is in control of waterways revealed that it is privatizing national seaports across the country. This has further opened up investment in the management of ports. The significance of this is that Lagos port is still the major channel of importing goods into Nigeria thereby creating congestion, slowing down clearance, thereby making importers even spend more in the clearing process. This is a business opportunity in Bayelsa as international goods can find their directly into Bayelsa seaports to meet the demands of the state and its environs.
Security ServicesBayelsa State is a lovely state to invest in, but it has its own share of security issues and challenges. Of course, the avoidable poverty in the state has fueled the insecurity, with the jobless folks indulging in crimes like kidnapping and the rest. Security is a serious business and rich people can pay any amount to secure their investment interest and their staff members. It should also be added that before you can operate something like this legally, you should be prepared to get your permits from relevant authorities.
Boat-building FactoryThe major means of transporting goods and people within the state and means of connection with neigbhouring states like Delta and Rivers remain waterways through the use of boat, locally made canoe. This is an existing business in the state as people build local canoes. This is a huge market for the boat-building investor who is ready to tap into technology to redefine the means of transportation in the riverine area. Apart from meeting the demands of the local farmers and traders, this investment can also serve the untapped tourism potential of the state. Most tourists who visit the state are afraid to use the locally-made canoe. A classic and readily available advanced speed boat can enhance the yearning to enjoy their waterways experience.
Real Estate InvestmentBecause of the landscape of the state is surrounded by rivers, investment in the real estate sector is yet to be fully exploited. There are only a few real estate companies in the state which are even operating below capacity. One thing can be attributed to this, it would cost more to build good apartments in a waterlogged area than completely dry land. Interestingly, investors, oil waters, and engineers who visit the state for short visits need short-let to enjoy their stay. And investment in short-let is one of the ways investors can come. At the time of publication, short-let is only popular in one state in Southwest geopolitical zones in Nigeria. Investing in short-let, a new way in the real estate sector is another way an investor can tap into. This can be done by building commercial workspaces and putting them up for outright sale or for letting considering the rate at which financial institutions, oil firms, telcoms are finding their way into the oil-rich state.
Investment in Palm Oil ProcessingPalm oil used to be one of the major sources of revenue for the defunct regional government before the discovery of oil. Since the discovery of crude oil, the sector has suffered major neglect. Economically, the state is blessed with abundant oil palm trees, in fact, palm oil plantation, apart from fishing, is the major source of revenue for local farmers. However, they use archaic means for the process. This is a huge business opportunity in Bayelsa state for investors to build palm oil processing plants and use modern machines to increase production and processing.
Sawmill FactoryBayelsa is home to a variety of timber, most of which are transported to neighbouring states for processing before they are taken back for use for furniture use. This is an opportunity for investors to meet the needs of the people and its environs.
Beverage FactoryCrops like pineapple, mango, pawpaw, and banana are planted in large quantities which are usually sold off because of fear of spoilage. This is another opportunity for investors in the establishment of fruit factory.
Oil RefineryRight now, federal government-owned refineries have technically “collapsed”. The only option left for the government is to export crude oil to overseas countries, the refined products are then imported back to Nigeria to meet local consumption. Pathetically, barrels of crude oil gotten from Bayelsa and other crude-oil producing states in Nigeria are exported. While this may be a failure on the part of the government for poor management and inefficiency, it also creates an investment opportunity for oil investors to construct refineries in the Bayelsa state which produces thousands of barrels weekly.
Rice Production FactoryWith its favourable soil – we soil – Bayelsa is a great place for rice cultivation and production factory. The market is huge because nearly every Nigerian home consumes rice daily. And with Nigeria’s population of more than 200,000,000 people and still counting, investing in the cultivation of rice and factory for processing and packaging is a sector an investor should consider.
Rubber Processing FactoryLatex from the rubber tree in the state is exported to states where rubber factories are located. Latex is the raw material to finished products like tennis shoes, gloves, and many products most of which are imported into Nigeria. This unavailability of a rubber processing factory in a state that has an abundant plantation of rubber trees creates another great opportunity.
Water Treatment PlantMore than 40 percent of Bayelsa is covered by water. Sadly, most of the towns and villages in the state don’t have access to quality water because of oil spillage and other industrial discharges from oil companies. Although it calls for actionable efforts by the state and the stakeholders, it is also an investment opportunity for investors to set up water treatment plants or water purification systems to solve the existing problem.
Computer Training CenterYou will be amazed at the number of people in the state who don’t know how to operate a computer and are really ready to learn. Therefore, one of the businesses you should consider is a center that empowers interested people.
Education Consulting ServiceA lot of the poor people in the local areas in Bayelsa see education as a potent tool to beat poverty. Therefore, even poor parents pull all their resources to send their children to school. This is one of the several reasons we can recommend this business idea too. This includes setting up JAMB accredited
Poultry FarmingDespite the ban on poultry meats by the administration of Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003, but research shows that $3billion was spent on illegal importation of frozen chicken annually since the ban, data obtained on MSMEs Today reveals. The platform which provides useful information on Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) also projected that poultry meat would account 14 percent of Nigeria’s meat consumption by 2029 while meat consumption is projected to increase from 1.25 million tonnes to 1.49 million tonnes by the same year. Though poultry farming has expanded hugely since the ban, the dependence on imported products means two things: 1) insufficient local production, 2) quality of the imported ones. Bayelsa isn’t an exception, the state still depends on the importation of poultry meats from other states from Nigeria. This means an investment opportunity for investors in poultry farming. The establishment of a big farm that will focus on poultry meats production will not only meet the local demands but other neihbouring states that have an insufficient supply of the products.
Natural Resources MiningApart from oil and gas, the aquatic wealth of the Bayelsa, it’s also among the states in Nigeria blessed with natural resources. Some of the mineral resources are useful for industrial use as its economic mining would also reduce the importation of such products. For instance, the God-given minerals that can be found in Bayelsa are: Lead/Zinc (used for protecting steel from rust); clay (used for decorative products); and Lignite used for generating electricity is of the mineral resources investors can invest in Bayelsa. Others include Maganese, Limestone, and Uranium.
Speed Boat RepairYou can still tap great gain from this industry even without having big capital, as you go for businesses revolving around speed boat repair. Many people in the oil-rich state have several speed boats for different purposes. While some are for personal use (just as many folks have their own personal cars), others are for businesses. But a similar thing is that they can become faulty at any point in time. And when faulty, only an experienced and skilled person can get it repaired.
Freight BusinessFreight business involves handling customers’ shipments and ensuring safe delivery of goods around the world through waterways, airports, and by road. The opportunities mentioned above create a huge investment in the freight forwarding business in Bayelsa considering its large water resources and closeness to the ocean.
Wrapping up:The aforementioned investment opportunities in Bayelsa state aren’t exhaustive as there are other business ideas in the state nicknamed, “Glory of all lands”. Even as plan to work on the ones listed above, we urge you to do a market survey since a lot of things may have changed after the publication of this piece.
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