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.
Nigeria's Minister of Power Adebayo Adelabu said the federal government is open to swapping its shares in the DISCOs for shares in the privately managed NigerDelta Power Holding Co, a separate power firm it jointly owns with the states and local governments.
The NigerDeltaDevelopmentCommission (NDDC), has revealed plans to invest in solar power, so as to address climate change issues in the Niger Delta region ... “Our target is that every community in the Niger Delta region will be powered by solar; which is renewable and a cheap form of energy.
In a visionary quest to illuminate the nation and power up communities across Nigeria, Millwater, energy company and an affiliate of EnerixOne, has embarked on a historic project to revolutionize the energy landscape in collaboration with the NigerDeltaPowerHolding Company (NDPHC).
Over 70 manufacturing companies operating in Lagos and Ogun States are set to experience a major relief as the federal government through the NigerDeltaPowerHolding Company (NDPHC) has begun the process of sustainably solving their energy challenge with the introduction of an efficient and stable Bilateral power project for them.
•Commission, NLNG collaborate on sustainable development of NigerDelta region ... He noted that the MoU heralds a new era of collaboration for the betterment of the Niger Delta region and the nation ... “It is a testament to the power of unified action in addressing the complex challenges faced by the Niger Delta region and the nation.