This article gives seven tips for visiting Nigeria as a field engineer.
Kevin Chimaji, Electrical and Instrument Technician, has extensive experience in calibration and testing, maintenance, troubleshooting of various instrument loops and devices.
He currently works for Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited.
Kevin is studying part time for a degree in Industrial Physics.
As a field engineer visiting Nigeria for the first time, it is very important to have some useful information that will ensure a successful visit.
This article looks at seven points to consider.
Nigeria is a diverse country with over 250 ethnic groups.
It is important to respect and understand the local customs, traditions, and etiquette. Familiarise yourself with the local greetings, dress modestly and be mindful of cultural sensitivities.
Nigeria has over 500 languages, but English is the official language widely spoken in business and urban areas.
However, learning a few basic phrases in the local language such as Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo can be helpful in building rapport with locals.
Safety and security
Like any other destination, it is very important to prioritise your safety, stay updated on the current security situation around the locality, follow local news and adhere to any travel advisories. It is also very important to avoid traveling alone at night and be cautious of your belongings and also use reputable transportation options.
Nigeria has a diverse transportation system including buses, taxis, and motorcycle taxis. It is always advisable to use registered taxis or ride-hailing services for safer transportation.
If driving, familiarise yourself with local traffic rules and be prepared for congested roads in urban areas.
Climate and weather
Nigeria has a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. The weather can vary depending on the region you are visiting.
Pack appropriate clothing, including lightweight and breathable fabrics as well as rain gear if visiting during rainy season.
Currency and banking
The official currency in Nigeria is the Nigerian Naira (NGN).
It is advisable to carry some local currency for small expenses but credit cards are widely accepted in major shopping centres/malls or plazas.
It is crucial to have a list of emergency contact numbers readily available. This should include the contact information for your embassy or consulate, local authorities, your employer’s designated emergency contact, and any relevant local contacts.
In the event of an emergency, it is important to know the appropriate steps to be taken.
It is necessary to consult with your employer for more specific information regarding your field engineering assignment in Nigeria. This will make you well-prepared and informed and will further make your assignment to Nigeria very enjoyable.
Further reading about the author
Kevin Chimaji an E&I Technician from Nigeria discusses his career installing, supporting, and repairing electrical and pneumatic instruments.