AREA

923,766 sq.km

POPULATION

140 million (approximately)

CAPITAL

Abuja

GOVERNMENT

Three-tier structure - A Federal Government, 36 State Governments, and 774 Local Government Administrations.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

English

MAIN INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES

Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba

MAIN RELIGIONS

Christianity, Islam, Traditional

MAIN COMMERCIAL / INDUSTRIAL CITIES

Lagos, Onitsha, Kano, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Aba, Maiduguri, Jos, Kaduna, Warri, Benin, Nnewi.

MAJOR INDUSTRIAL COMPLEXES

Refineries and petrochemicals: Kaduna, Warri, Port Harcourt, Eleme.

Iron and Steel: Ajaokuta, Warri, Oshogbo, Katsina, Jos

Fertiliser: Onne - Port Harcourt, Kaduna, Minna, Kano

Liquefied Natural Gas: Bonny

Aluminium Smelter: IkotAbasi, Port Harcourt

MAIN PORTS

Lagos (Apapa, Tin-can Island), Warri, Port Harcourt, Onne Deep Sea and Hub Port, Calabar (EPZ).

MAIN AIRPORTS

Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Enugu, Kaduna, Maiduguri, Ilorin, Jos, Owerri, Calabar, Yola, Sokoto

ROAD NETWORK

Over 15,000 km of intercity all weather paved roads, including dual carriage express trunks

RAILROADS

2 main lines (South-west to North-east; South-east to North-west) inter-linked and terminatory at Lagos, Port Harcourt, Kaura, Namoda, Maiduguri and Nguru.Major junctions at Kaduna, Kfanchan, Zaria. Gauge: 1067mm; Total length 3505 route km.

ENERGY

Hydroelectric: Kainji, Jebba, Shiroro. Thermal and Gas: Egbin (Lagos), Ughelli, Afam, Sapele, National grid for electricity distribution; National network (pipeline) for distribution of gas (under construction.

CURRENCY

NAIRA; N1.00 = 100k (one naira = hundred kobo)

GEOGRAPHY

Nigeria is situated in the West African region and lies between longitudes 3 degrees and 14 degrees and latitudes 4 degrees and 14 degrees. It has a land mass of 923,768 sq.km. It is bordered to the north by the Republics of Niger and Tchad; it shares borders to the west with the Republic of Benin, while the Republic of Cameroun shares the eastern borders right down to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean which forms the southern limits of Nigerian Territory. The 800km of coastline confers on the country the potentials of a maritime power. Land is in abundance in Nigeria for agricultural, industrial and commercial activities.

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