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There are many storage facilities of varying size, security and quality nationwide. In the Port area of Lagos and food market city of Kano, reliable storage suitable for food is easily located. In the Ports of Warri and Port Harcourt, which are predominately used by the oil and gas industry, storage for Non Food Items (NFI) is plentiful, however it may be more difficult to obtain storage suitable for humanitarian food stocks.  

National capacity meets current needs and there is additional capacity if required for surge demand, however where there is increased demand as a result of humanitarian interventions, prices rise considerably for storage space of all types.  

Private commercial storage is easily accessed, obtaining Public Sector storage is problematic due to bureaucratic constraints.  

Commercial Storage 

Storage for food and NFIs is available year-round 

Location 

Owner 

Available for Rent 

Capacity (MT / m² / m³) 

Type

Access

Condition [3] 

Port Harcourt 

Aboviph Nig. Ltd 

Yes 

1800 m2 

Open storage 

Accessible and close to Port 

excellent 

Maiduguri 

KAGA NO 2 

 

No 

25,000 mt

Open storage 

Accessible by road 

excellent 

Storage Used by Humanitarian Organizations 

Major humanitarian organizations use leased warehouse space to store their relief goods and contract management of these facilities to service providers such as John Snow Inc. 

The largest of these organisations include UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO (medical supplies), WFP (food), Red Cross (emergency relief items). 

Forward logistics capacities – to support cooperating partners storage needs in the deep field locations, WFP has established temporary storage facilities to facilitate commodity receipts and prepositioning especially in hard-to-reach locations. Currently, there are 25 mobile storage facilities of over 7,000 mt capacity spread across 13 locations in Borno and Adamawa states. Some of these facilities were established in line with the IHP/IOM hub expansion plan. Some of them have been set up inside or adjacent to the humanitarian hubs.

Location 

Organization 

Sharing Possibility 

Capacity (MT / m² / m³) 

Type [

Access

Condition 

Lagos 

Chellarams Plc 

(WFP, UNICEF) 

Yes 

3000 m2 

Open storage 

Accessible 

Good 

Port Harcourt 

Chellarams Plc 

(WFP) 

Yes 

550 m2 

 

36 mins drive/22 km from the Onne/PHC port facility. Accessible 

 

Good 

Damaturu 

Gujba Road Warehouse (WFP) 

Yes 

15,231.5 m2/3000 mt 

Closed storage 

Accessible 

Good 

Maiduguri 

Pioneer 

WFP  

No 

11,000 mt

Open storage 

Accessible by road 

Good 

Maiduguri 

ICRC 

No 

200 by 300 m2 

Open storage 

Accessible by road

Good 

Maiduguri 

IMC 

No 

450 mt

Open storage 

Accessible by road 

Good 

Public Sector Storage 

Public sector storage, while present, is not easy to procure and often sits empty. A well-managed warehouse located in Lagos is owned by UNFPA and managed by the Ministry of Health for contraceptive supplies. It’s a model warehouse-in-a-box.  

Location 

Ministry / Agency 

Use Possibility 

Capacity (MT / m² / m³) 

Type

Access

Condition

Lagos (Warehouse-in-a-box) 

 

Federal Ministry of Health / UNFPA 

 Unable to get a commitment 

15000 m2 

 

Open and  

Cold chain 

Good  

Good 

Cold Chain 

Cold chain storage is not readily available. Companies such as breweries have their own facilities but use them to capacity for their own requirements. Limited pharmaceutical storage is available. Storage is often in small domestic type refrigeration. It is advisable for an organisation to make its own arrangements to import refrigerated containers for large volume storage 

Refrigerators or cool rooms can be purchased in-country, rental facilities are available but scarce. Refrigerated transport is used to capacity by the import meat, fish and poultry industries.  

Location 

Organization / Owner 

Type

Cooling/Power

Quantity 

Total Capacity () 

Condition 

Lagos 

WHO  

Refrigerated Container  

Electric/Standby generator 

As required 

As required 

Good 

Lagos 

Federal Ministry of Health 

Cold Room 

Electric/Standby generator 

Unable to get details or commitment