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Say, Niger

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Say is located in Niger
Location in Niger
Coordinates: 13°06′N 2°22′E / 13.100°N 2.367°E / 13.100; 2.367
Country Flag of Niger.svg Niger
Region Tillabéri Region
Department Say Department
Elevation 180 m (590 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 61,960

Say is a town in southwest Niger, situated on the Niger River. It is the capital of the Say Department in the Tillabéri Region. The municipality has 12,000 inhabitants, and its economy is dominated by agriculture, herding and small trade.


The Niger River at Say in the 1850s

The town houses the Islamic University of Niger (Université Islamique de Say), an institute of international scope, whose founding was decided following a meeting of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference in 1974, but that opened only in 1986. In 1996, it had 400 students, who paid fees much lower than those of the University of Niamey.[1] In Say there is also a forty-year-old College of Secondary Education (Collège d'enseignement secondaire), with nine teachers and 675 students.[2]


Say is the location of some potential iron ore mines with reserves of about 650MT.[1][2]


An extension of the railway from Benin to Niamey is proposed which would serve the iron ore mines at Say.


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Coordinates: 13°06′N 2°22′E / 13.100°N 2.367°E / 13.100; 2.367