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There are widespread and frequent issues that stem from oil operations in the Niger River Delta,which also has the worldâ's highest deforestation rate.1 After years of oil extractions, the toll on the environment has been devastating.2 Nigeria also faces desertification, which is made worse by the lack of water and appropriate irrigation schemes.3 Human induced violence and epidemics are also the cause of major upheavals.4 There is intense flooding during the rainy seasons, which has only been exacerbated due to the increase of climate change.5

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1http://www.unep.org/science/chief-scientist/Activities/DisastersandConflicts/OilPollutionintheNigerDeltaNigeria.aspx
2 Ibid
3http://www.unicef.org/nigeria/2013­PL7­Nigeria_CPD­final_approved-English.pdf
4 Ibid
5 Ibid
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Nigeria News

Eyewitness News 
ABUJA – A meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 813 people so far this year, the country's health minister said, as Africa's most populous country and aid organisations attempt to tackle the surge in infections. The government on Wednesday approved ... See more..
BBC Sport 
The Nigeria Football Federation receives a financial boost of more than US$9 million over the next five years from an energy company. See more..
The Philadelphia Tribune 
A group of philanthropists and volunteers recently left the United States on a three-day mission to provide medical and other assistance to the people of Nigeria. The When In Need Foundation, which has an international reach and an office at 4950 ... See more..
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Financial Times 
Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria's president, is seeking approval from lawmakers to borrow nearly $6bn from the Export-Import Bank of China for railway projects, as his government seeks to revive a recession-hit economy through spending on big infrastructure ... See more..
The Economist 
Boko Haram, a jihadist group that terrorises north-eastern Nigeria, deems artificial contraception to be a product of infidel learning, and therefore forbidden. Its ideologues also believe that females should avoid school, marry early (sometimes while ... See more..
Premium Times 
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered investigation into an alleged statement credited to a police officer, Inusa Biu, on his Facebook account. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that an online publication on HOTGISTNAIJA on April ... See more..
AllAfrica.com 
Amid growing concern over press freedom, Nigeria yet again recorded a fall on the international press freedom index on Wednesday. According to the Press Freedom Index, released Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders, RWB, Nigeria ranked 122 out of ... See more..
News24 
President Muhammadu Buhari, a former army general who first led a military regime in the 1980s, has made combating Nigeria's rampant corruption a hallmark of his tenure. A two-year campaign by the EFCC has seen the agency seize hundreds of millions ... See more..
Vanguard 
ABUJA — THE Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and some concerned members of the House of Representatives have expressed optimism that with the revelation so far made on recovered money, the country could fund its annual budget without recourse to ... See more..
Vanguard 
The school management disclosed that the team, which had gone to US to represent Nigeria in a competition a few weeks ago, was forced to part with $40 each, totalling $880 before they were allowed to sleep in the frozen condition at the airport. See more..
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Geography

Western Africa, bordering the Gulf of Guinea, between Benin and Cameroon
Area

Total 923,768 sq km
Land 910,768 sq km
Water 13,000 sq km

Climate

varies; equatorial in south, tropical in center, arid in north
Natural Resources

natural gas, petroleum, tin, iron ore, coal, limestone, niobium, lead, zinc, arable land ;
Natural Hazards

periodic droughts; flooding
Current Environmental Issues

soil degradation; rapid deforestation; urban air and water pollution; desertification; oil pollution - water, air, and soil; has suffered serious damage from oil spills; loss of arable land; rapid urbanization

Demographics

Nationality
Nigerian
Population
174,507,539 (July 2013 est.)
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Oil-rich Nigeria has been hobbled by political instability, corruption, inadequate infrastructure, and poor macroeconomic management, but in 2008 began pursuing economic reforms. Nigeria's former military rulers failed to diversify the economy away from its overdependence on the capital-intensive oil sector, which provides 95% of foreign exchange earnings and about 80% of budgetary revenues. Following the signing of an IMF stand-by agreement in August 2000, Nigeria received a debt-restructuring deal from the Paris Club and a $1 billion credit from the IMF, both contingent on economic reforms. Nigeria pulled out of its IMF program in April 2002, after failing to meet ...See More spending and exchange rate targets, making it ineligible for additional debt forgiveness from the Paris Club. In November 2005, Abuja won Paris Club approval for a debt-relief deal that eliminated $18 billion of debt in exchange for $12 billion in payments - a total package worth $30 billion of Nigeria's total $37 billion external debt. Since 2008 the government has begun to show the political will to implement the market-oriented reforms urged by the IMF, such as modernizing the banking system, removing subsidies, and resolving regional disputes over the distribution of earnings from the oil industry. GDP rose strongly in 2007-12 because of growth in non-oil sectors and robust global crude oil prices. President JONATHAN has established an economic team that includes experienced and reputable members and has announced plans to increase transparency, diversify economic growth, and improve fiscal management. Lack of infrastructure and slow implementation of reforms are key impediments to growth. The government is working toward developing stronger public-private partnerships for roads, agriculture, and power. Nigeria's financial sector was hurt by the global financial and economic crises, but the Central Bank governor has taken measures to restructure and strengthen the sector to include imposing mandatory higher minimum capital requirements. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$455.5 billion (2012 est.); $428.4 billion (2011 est.); $399 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

24.4% of GDP (2012 est.); 19.4% of GDP (2011 est.); 20.4% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

cocoa, peanuts, cotton, palm oil, corn, rice, sorghum, millet, cassava (tapioca), yams, rubber; cattle, sheep, goats, pigs; timber; fish
Industries

crude oil, coal, tin, columbite; rubber products, wood; hides and skins, textiles, cement and other construction materials, food products, footwear, chemicals, fertilizer, printing, ceramics, steel