The National Population Commission has revealed Nigeria’s new population could be pegged at one hundred and ninety eight(198)million.
This was revealed by the NPC boss in New York City, United States while speaking at a conference. He also revealed that statistics places Nigeria in line to be the 3rd most populous nation of the world by the year 2050.
Eze Duruiheoma, NPC chairman, revealed this in New York while delivering Nigeria’s statement on sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration at the 51st session of commission on population and development. Read : Made In Nigeria Cars
Nigeria currently ranks as the 7th most populous nation in the world. As of 2016, the World Bank stated Nigeria had an estimated 186 million people living in it which culminates into a massive 12million increase in less than two years.
Duruiheoma asserted that urban population was growing at an average annual rate of about 6.5 percent, adding that teenage people, women of child-bearing age and the working age population, were more engaged in urbanization.
“Nigeria remains the most populous in Africa, the seventh globally with an estimated population of over 198 million,” Duruiheoma said.
“The recent World Population Prospects predicts that by 2050, Nigeria will become the third most populated country in the world. Read : List Of Nigerian Senators
“Over the last 50 years, Nigeria’s urban population has grown at an average annual growth rate of more than 6.5 percent without commensurate increase in social amenities and infrastructure.
“It grew substantially from 17.3 in 1967 to 49.4 percent in 2017. In addition, the 2014 World Urbanisation Prospects report, predicts that by 2050, most of the population – 70 percent – will be residing in cities.
“The 2010 human mobility Survey report revealed that 23 percent of the sampled population were of more females than males.”
Duruiheoma said an estimated 1.76m internally displaced persons (IDPs) are from the six states in the north-east.
According to him, existing urbanisation trend coupled with IDPs in cities, pose critical challenges to securing sustainability of our cities.
He said similar to other developing countries of the world, Nigerian cities are harbingers of widespread poverty, under-employment and unemployment at an average of 18.4 percent, citing the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) 2017 report.
In an interview conducted last year, Ghaji Bello, director-general of NPC said, the commission might conduct census in 2018.
He had said the proposed census would cost an estimated N272 billion.
“Ordinarily, it ought to have a cycle of its own and that cycle should be five years or 10 years. We should have conducted the last census in 2016 but for a variety of reasons outside the control of the population commission, we were unable to do it,” he had said.
A national census was last conducted in 2006.