The LAgos-KAno-JIbiya (LAKAJI) Corridor is a 1,225 km transport route that runs from the port of Lagos in the Southern part of Nigeria, through the commercial center of Kano, and ending in Jibiya at the border with Niger.
The LAKAJI Corridor has strategic importance for domestic, regional and international trade, as it is the main route for moving imported goods to northern Nigeria, and exports to southern ports.
It links the two largest cities in Nigeria (Lagos with over 20 million inhabitants, and Kano, with over 10 million people), feeds into local and regional markets, and is a vital conduit for food supplies to neighboring countries, such as southern Niger’s largest agricultural market at Maradi.
Building on “best practices” in trade facilitation programming from USAID and the World Bank, USAID NIGERIA designed its principal trade program, NEXTT (the Nigeria Expanded Trade and Transport Project) around this corridor, with the intent of stimulating improvements in transport and logistics to increase transport and trade speed, and bringing significant, new agribusiness investment to this corridor leading to increased exports, and improved economic growth.
Two key factors that limit the corridor’s potential to transform the economy are the lack of affordable energy and major infrastructure deficiencies. These deficiencies are particularly acute along the secondary roads of Niger and Kwara: the states with the greatest quantity of arable land.
USAID NIGERIA designed its principal trade program, the NEXTT Project, to support businesses along the corridor by stimulating improvements in transport and logistics to increase transport and trade speed.
NEXTT also promotes new agribusiness investment, that leads to increased exports and greater economic growth.