Germany and Knauf group invest in Nigeria

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

The German Government in partnership with a German conglomerate- the Knauf Group International have invested at least 75 million dollars in building a vocational training centre in Nigeria, to accommodate about 800 people annually.

The centre which is located in Lagos state, when fully operational will offer training in the areas of civil engineering, architecture and craftsmanship.

Leader of the Knauf Group, Mrs Isabel Knauf made this known after a meeting with the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode.

Mrs Knauf said the trainees from the proposed centre on graduation irrespective of educational background, would have gained the requisite knowledge to be gainfully employed and even become entrepreneurs.

“We are working together with the German government in order to build the training centre here in Lagos and his Excellency, Mr Ambode has promised that the government will donate the land. The German government and Knauf will build and operate the centre; on one hand, we will offer training in the areas of architecture and civil engineering on fire protection and acoustics, on the other hand, we will be training craftsmen in the application on these types of products.

“Normally in Africa, a labourer at a construction site makes somewhere around $150 a month, if he has a basic certificate from our training centre, he makes about $300 a month; if he gets the full passports, that means all the qualification levels, he can make up to $900 a month and that is a lot of money for somebody who hasn’t gone through University,” she explained.

Mrs Knauf who stated that the group had been operating in Nigeria for some time, affirmed that the country was improving in terms ease of doing business.

Incentives for investors
Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Overseas Affairs and Investment- Professor Ademola Abass said that the state had approved a landed property for the construction of the training centre at no cost to the investors.

Professor Abass added that there were other generic incentives that would be beneficial to existing and prospective investors all in a bid to shore-up foreign direct investment.


The Knauf Group which has its spread in Southern Europe, Middle East, South Asia and Africa aims to invest a total 75 million dollars in Nigeria’s economic hub.

The Group is worth 6.5 billion Euros and boasts of 26,000 employees worldwide.

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