Niger (i/ˈnaɪdʒər/ or /niːˈʒɛər/;French:[niʒɛʁ]), officially the Republic of Niger, is a landlocked country in Western Africa, named after the Niger River. Niger is bordered by Libya to the northeast, Chad to the east, Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, and Algeria to the northwest. Niger covers a land area of almost 1,270,000km2, making it the largest country in West Africa, with over 80 percent of its land area covered by the Sahara Desert. The country's predominantly Islamic population of 17,138,707 is mostly clustered in the far south and west of the country. The capital city is Niamey, located in the far-southwest corner of Niger.
Niger is a developing country, and is consistently one of the lowest-ranked in the United Nations' Human Development Index (HDI); it was ranked last at 187th for 2013. Much of the non-desert portions of the country are threatened by periodic drought and desertification. The economy is concentrated around subsistence and some export agriculture clustered in the more fertile south, and the export of raw materials, especially uranium ore. Niger faces serious challenges to development due to its landlocked position, desert terrain, high fertility rates and resulting overpopulation without birth control, poor education and poverty of its people, lack of infrastructure, poor health care, and environmental degradation.
Niger, is term taken from the Niger River, which also refers to one of Africa's five political, Sports, and Geographical regions. Other administrative divisions include the Sahara, Congo, Nile, and the Kalahari regions.
He allayed the fears of potential buyers of some of the plants which have litigation issues, explaining that such litigations were baseless and frivolous as the Bureau and the NigerDeltaPowerHolding Company (NDPHC) were empowered by the bids’ provisions under NIPPs’ transaction to terminate bids that violated the ground rules.
Itsueli, however, said the independents do not have the clout of the IOCs ... We need to change how we do business ... “The challenge for the government now is how to make the sector more attractive for investors, tackle vandalism in the NigerDelta and incentivise operators,” said Adebowale Adeniyi, senior manager, Oil, Gas & PowerGroup at Andersen Tax ... .