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.
“We all know the crisis in Zamfara is because of the gold being mined illegally there. The government knows and nothing is being done, but illegal refineries are being destroyed in NigerDelta... to Niger Delta, and offer jobs to the region’s indigenes on merit.
Armed men have kidnapped two Chinese employees of a mining company in a volatile area near western Niger’s borders with Mali and Burkina Faso, the regional governor said Monday.� “Two Chinese nationals were kidnapped by armed men in Mbanga” on Sunday night, the governor of the Tillaberi region Tidjani Ibrahim Katiella told AFP.
The attackers struck early Saturday morning, first at a gold mine near the village of Sobha, near the border with Niger, according to Mr Rida Lyammouri, a Washington-based expert, before then going after civilians ... Saturday's attack comes months after attackers killed 137 people in coordinated raids on villages in south-western Niger.
Lagos, May 29 (EFE).- At least 76 bodies have been recovered from the NigerRiver after an ... The boat capsized on its way to the town of Wara (Kebbi) from Lokon Minna in neighboring Niger state because it was overloaded with more than 160 people and sandbags for a gold mine.
Kano, Nigeria, (UrduPoint / PakistanPointNews - 27th May, 2021 ) .More than 150 people were feared drowned in northwest Nigeria on Wednesday after an overloaded boat ferrying passengers to a market sank in the NigerRiver, local officials said ... The vessel was also loaded with bags of sand from a gold mine, he said.
The incident happened after an overloaded boat ferrying around passengers and other materials sank in the NigerRiver, a local official said ... The victims were going to a market in Malele in Borgu local government area of Niger state from Kebbi and the incident happened just one hour into their trip.
More than 150 people were feared drowned in northwest Nigeria on Wednesday after an overloaded boat ferrying passengers to a market sank in the NigerRiver, local officials said ...Birma said passengers were heading to a market in Malele in Borgu local government area of Niger state, when the boat sank an hour into the journey.
More than 150 people were missing and feared drowned in northwest Nigeria on Wednesday after an overloaded boat ferrying passengers to a market sank in the NigerRiver, local officials said ... He said passengers were heading to a market in Malele in Borgu local government area of Niger state, when the boat sank an hour into the journey.
Most of the passengers were women and children travelling from Niger to Kebbi state in northwest Nigeria... The boat was also loaded with bags of sand from a gold mine, he said. Boat accidents along the River Niger are common ...
We’re discussing his sensational new album, Afrique Victime, over a crackly phone connection; Ramadan is over and Moctar is in Tahoua, Niger, to spend time with his family ...France is exploiting us for our [uranium] mines while 95 per cent of people in Niger don’t have electricity.
The "cordon and search" operation was launched in early May at the border near Niger after intelligence showed extremists in the area and had been intimidating local communities ... Fighters from Daesh-affiliated group Islamic State in the Greater Sahel (ISGS) fled across the River Niger before the peacekeepers arrived to the scene.
The mine would produce 100,000 oz ... over a 9.4-year mine life. Over the life of the mine, all-in sustaining costs would be $784 per oz ... The company says considerable work will also be done to optimize mining and scheduling, refine the mineral processing flowsheet and engineering a larger tailings containment facility ... Endeavour Mining .
A vast, arid state on the edge of the Sahara desert, Niger is rated by the UN as one of the world's least-developed nations. Niger fell victim to a series of coups and political instability following its independence from France in 1960... Niger is betting on increased oil exploration and gold mining to help modernize its economy.