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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

The Atlantic 
At least nine people were killed and 13 wounded in a series of blasts that took place late Sunday night and early Monday morning in Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno, a northeast Nigerian state. While no group has claimed responsibility for the ... See more..
NPR 
Ladi Adaikwu's top-shelf merchandise is hidden in a mud-brick shed in a warren of narrow alleyways in Angwan-Dodo, a farming village close to Nigeria's capital city Abuja. The steel door is secured with a heavy padlock, and when she opens it, a shaft ... See more..
BBC News 
Like many national leaders, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari wished his country well on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, this weekend. In a short message aired on several media outlets, he said he hoped ... See more..
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Vanguard 
Speaking on the topic Sustainable Forest Management: Pathway Back to the Garden of Eden, Professor Onyekwelu said since the colonial era, Nigerian forests have been under intense pressure to provide timber, initially for the European market, resulting ... See more..
Leadership Newspapers 
The trade volume between Nigeria and Mexico has grown by 360 per cent from 166.5 million dollars in 2012 to 600 million dollars in 2016. The Mexican Embassy, Deputy Head of Mission, Rodrigo Tenorio, made this known in an interview with newsmen in ... See more..
Quartz 
Nigeria's diaspora population sent home $21 billion in remittances in 2015 and the government wants in on some of that cash. Through its first ever diaspora ... See more..
The Economist (blog) 
Norway has always been an outward-looking nation too, and this summer the library has begun a remarkable collaboration with the National Library of Nigeria. The Norwegian National Library holds a collection of works in 19 different languages, designed ... See more..
CNN 
The West African nation is projected to surpass the 300 million mark by 2050, according to The World Population Prospects 2017 report by the UN. See more..
Leadership Newspapers 
The National Agency for Food And Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has advised Nigerian exporters to stop embarrassing the country by obtaining the agency's certification of products. The spokesman of NAFDAC, Dr Abubakar Jimoh, gave the ... See more..
BusinessDay (satire) (press release) (registration) (blog) 
Yet all these disparate groups, who loathe each other, live in the same geographical space called Nigeria. Of course, they all have their militias or “freedom fighters”. What's more, each of them has built monuments to remind generations yet unborn of ... 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