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Capital: Abuja; GDP growth (annual %) 2016 : -1.5%
Key Facts

Full name: The Federal Republic of Nigeria
Population: 162.4 million (UN, 2011)
Largest city: Lagos
Area: 923,768 sq km (356,669 sq miles)
Major languages: English (official), Yoruba, Ibo, Hausa
Major religions: Islam, Christianity, indigenous beliefs
Life expectancy: 52 years (men), 53 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Nigerian naira = 100 kobo
Main exports: Petroleum, petroleum products, cocoa, rubber
GNI per capita: US $1,180 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .ng
International dialling code: +234


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  • Nigeria Year in Review 2016


    Lower hydrocarbons revenues, tight capital controls and currency volatility combined to make 2016 a challenging year for Nigeria.

    By December the country was in recession, facing its initial full-year contraction for almost three decades, with the IMF expecting Nigeria’s economy to shrink by 1.7%.

    Inflation, meanwhile, had climbed to an 11-year high by October. However, the outlook for 2017 appears brighter for what is still Africa’s major economy by GDP.

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  • Nigeria Year in Review 2015


    As with a lot of hydrocarbons producers elsewhere in the world, Nigeria endured a challenging 2015 as falling oil prices impacted the country’s exports and exchange earnings.

    This was compounded by a range of broader macroeconomic pressures, inclunding uncertainty in the lead up to the 2015 presidential elections, a strengthening US dollar and insecurity in the north of the country. According to the IMF, these headwinds slowed Nigeria’s GDP increase to an estimated 3.2% in 2015, the lowest rate since 1999.

  • Revolutionizing Political Economic Analysis in Nigeria


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  • Nigeria Year in Review 2014


    Falling oil prices and increased instability in the north impacted Nigeria’s economic increase in 2014, though a rebasing of GDP means that whoever wins the forthcoming presidential elections in 2015 will take the helm of Africa’s major economy.

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    Falling oil prices and increased instability in the north impacted Nigeria’s economic increase in 2014, though a rebasing of GDP means that whoever wins the forthcoming presidential elections in 2015 will take the helm of Africa’s major economy.

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    The country (Nigeria) is situated in Western Africa and bordering the Gulf of Guinea, between Benin and Cameroon. It has borders with Niger for 1497 km, Benin for 773 km, Cameroon for 1690 km and Chad for 87 km.
    Land in Nigeria is southern lowlands merge into central hills and plateaus; mountains in southeast, plains in north. Nigerian land covers an area of 923768 km²

    The climate is varies, is equatorial in the south and tropical in center and arid in north. Nigerian(s) speak English (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani.


    The major threat to political stability is the Islamist militancy in the north of Nigeria. However, there are as well various social tensions that frequently provoke violent unrest in other parts of the country. Despite instability in the north, the president, Goodluck Jonathan, and his People's Democratic Party (PDP) will remain in power at least until the next elections, in 2015.

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    “They need to grow gradually, and stay focused. They have to be honest to their clients and their technical partners,” he said.

    Damagix offers a whole range of pipeline services, from onshore, offshore and deep-water oil and gas operations. Its expertise includes pipe supply, manpower, environmental and consultancy services.

  • Mustafa Chike-Obi, Managing Director and CEO of AMCON,


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    Nigeria has 5,900 megawatts of installed generating capacity. Nevertheless, the country is only able to generate around 4,000MW. Most facilities are poorly maintained. Infrastructure development is one of the largest focuses of the current government and it is estimated that by 2012, 90 % of the country will be covered.

  • Abuja


    Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria. It is located in the centre of Nigeria, within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Abuja is a planned city, and was built mainly in the 1980s. It officially became Nigeria's capital on 12 December 1991, replacing Lagos, which is still the country's most populous city. At the 2006 census, the city of Abuja had a people of 776,298,making it one of the top ten most populous cities in Nigeria. Nevertheless, Abuja has witnessed a huge influx of people into the city which has led to the emergence of satellite towns such as Karu Urban Area, Suleja Urban Area