The Impact of Oil and Non-Oil Exports on the Economic Growth in Nigeria

The Impact of Oil and Non-Oil Exports on the Economic Growth in Nigeria


Unit Root Test for Stationarity ——————————————-

Co-integration Result ——————————————————

Modeling Log of Differenced GDP by OLS ————————–

Modeling Log of Differenced INV by OLS ————————

Summary of t-statistic test for model 1 ——————————

Summary of t-statistic test for model 2 ——————————


Title page —————————————————————-

Approval page ———————————————————-

Dedication ————————————————————–

Acknowledgment —————————————————–

Abstract —————————————————————–

List of tables ———————————————————–

Table of content ——————————————————-


Introduction ——————————————————-

1.1 Background of study ———————————————

1.2 Statement of problem ——————————————–

1.3 Objective of the study ——————————————-

1.4 Statement of hypothesis —————————————–

1.5 Significance of the study —————————————-

1.6 Scope and limitations of the study —————————–


2.1 Meaning of oil and non-oil exports —————————-

2.2 A brief historical perspective on oil in Nigeria ————–

2.3 Oil and economic policies in Nigeria ————————-

2.4 The Dutch-Disease ———————————————-

2.5 The boom and bust periods in the oil sector and policy response —–

2.6 Macroeconomic policies and structure of Non-oil export in Nigeria

2.7 Oil export, Non-oil export and Economic growth in Nigeria ——-

Empirical Literature—————————————————-


Research methodology——————————————————–

3.1 Model Specification——————————————————

3.2 Method of Evaluation—————————————————-


4.1 Data presentation———————————————————

4.2 Data Analysis ————————————————————


Summary, Conclusion, and Recommendation—————————

5.1 Summary——————————————————————

5.2 Conclusion—————————————————————-

5.3 Recommendation———————————————————






Oil, a very versatile and flexible, non-reproductive, depleting, natural (hydrocarbon) is a fundamental input into modern economic activity, providing about 50% of the total energy demand in the world. (Anyanwu J.C. et al, 1997).

Petroleum or crude oil is an oily, bituminous liquid consisting of a mixture of many substances, mainly the element of carbon and hydrogen are known as hydrocarbons. It also contains very small amounts of non-hydrocarbon elements, chief amongst which are sulphur (about 0.2 to 0.6% in weight), then nitrogen, and oxygen. (Anyanwu J.C. et al, 1997).

Non-oil exports comprise agricultural products, solid minerals, textile, tyre, manpower, etc. it is made up of every other thing we export, except petroleum products. In the decades of the 1960s and 1970s, the Nigerian economy was dominated by agricultural commodity exports. Such commodities include cocoa, groundnut, cotton, and palm produce. From the mid-1970s, crude oil became the main export product of the Nigerian economy. (Anyanwu J.C. et al 1997).

The development of the petroleum (oil) industry in the country began in 1909. It started with exploration activities by the German Bitumen Corporation, but their search for oil was seized after the First World War because the Germans started the war and lost in the war. With Nigeria being under British sectorial control, it was only natural that the Germans had to stop their exploration activities.

In 1937, an oil prospecting license was granted to shell D’Arcy Exploration parties. The first commercial discovery of crude oil in Nigeria was made in 1956 by a shell at Oloibiri. The company started production and in 1961 the Federal government of Nigeria issued ten oil prospecting licenses on the continental shelf to five companies. Each license covered was subject to the payment of N1 million. With this generous concession, full-scale on-shore and offshore oil exploration began.

Oil was found in commercial quantities at Oloibiri in the Niger delta, further discoveries at Afam and Boma established the country as an oil-producing nation. The Nigerian crude oil is described as a sweet type because of its lightness and its low sulphur content. It was largely sought-after in the international oil market.

The global perception of Nigeria is that of a blessed oil-producing nation, but with a growing poverty index. (Maaji Umar YAKUB, 2008). The problems of the low economic performance of Nigeria cannot be attributed solely to the instability of earnings from the oil sector but as a result of failure by the government to utilize productively the earnings from the export of crude oil from the mid-1970s to develop other sectors of the economy. Nigeria is among the poorest countries in the world, with the poverty incidence estimated at 54% in 2006. The economy has been substantially unstable, a consequence of the heavy dependence on oil revenue and the volatility in its prices. The oil boom of the 1970s led to the neglect of non-oil tax revenue, expansion of the public sector, and deterioration in financial discipline and accountability. In turn, oil dependency exposed Nigeria to oil price volatility which threw the country’s public finance into disarray.

This study will examine the relative impact of oil and non-oil export on economic growth in Nigeria.


Oil is a major source of energy in Nigeria and the world (in general). Oil being the mainstay of the Nigerian economy plays a role, vital role in shaping the economy and political destiny of the country. It was towards the end of the Nigerian civil war (1967-1970) that the oil industry began to play a prominent role in the economic life of the country.

Non-oil product on the other hand plays an important role in the economic growth and development of the country. Non-oil exports, especially agricultural products like groundnut, palm oil, cotton, natural rubber, coffee, gum Arabic, sesame seed, etc. was our mainstay before the period of the oil boom. It was during that period (that is, period of oil boom) that Nigerians neglected non-oil exports to an extent.

Nigeria can be categorized as a primarily rural country, that is, it depends on primary product export (especially, oil products). Since the attainment of independence in 1960, it has experienced ethnic, regional, and religious tensions, magnified by significant disparities in economic, educational, and environmental development in the south and the north. This could be partly attributed to the major discovery of oil in the country which affects and is affected by economic and social components.

Crude oil discovery has had a certain impact on the Nigerian economy both positively and adversely. On the negative side, this can be considered concerning the surrounding communities within which the oil wells are exploited. Some of these communities still suffer environmental degradation, which leads to deprivation of means of livelihood and other economic and social factors. Although large proceeds are obtained from the domestic sales and exports of petroleum products, its effects on the growth of the Nigerian economy about returns and productivity is still questionable.

Hence, there is a need to evaluate the relative impact of oil and non-oil exports on economic growth in Nigeria. In the light of the study, the main objective is to assess the relative impact of oil and non-oil export on the Nigerian economy.

Below are the research questions of the study.

1. What is the relative impact of oil and non-oil exports on investment in Nigeria?

2. What is the relative impact of oil and non-oil exports on economic

growth in Nigeria?


The broad objective of this study is to investigate the impact of oil and non-oil exports on economic growth in Nigeria. However, the specific objectives are;

1. To determine the relative impact of oil and non-oil exports on investment in Nigeria.

2. To determine the relative impact of oil and non-oil exports on economic growth in Nigeria.


The following hypotheses are tested in this study;

1. Both oil and non-oil exports have no significant impact on investment in Nigeria.

2. Both oil and non-oil exports have no significant impact on economic growth in Nigeria.


Countries of the world today are engaging themselves more in international trade to earn foreign currency, maintain a surplus Balance of Payment (BOP), establish a good relationship with foreigners and most of all achieve economic growth. Nigeria as a country is not left out in international trade. Our export commodities can de be divided into oil and non-oil.

It is important to study the relative impact of oil and non-oil exports on economic growth in Nigeria to ascertain whether the exportation is contributing to our economic growth and per capita income or whether we have just been wasting our resources.


This research work covers the impact created on economic growth by oil and non-oil exports. The geographical area involved in Nigeria. The study is as such a comparative one. The variables of interest are oil export, non-oil export, real interest rate, inflation rate, investment, and GDP. The period is from 1983-to 2007.



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