NPC puts Nigeria’s current population at 198million, world’s 7th largest


The National Population Commission, NPC, has pegged the estimated population of Nigeria at 198 million, adding that the country’s urban population is growing at an average annual growth rate of about 6.5 per cent. Newsworth recalls that the last census was conducted in 2006.

The NPC Chairman, Eze Duruiheoma said this in New York yesterday when he delivered Nigeria’s statement on sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration at the 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development.

Nigeria currently ranks as the seventh most populous country in the world. As of 2016, the World Bank said Nigeria had an estimated 186 million people.

The NPC Chairman disclosed that teenagers, women of child-bearing age and the working-age population, are more engaged in urbanisation.

His words, “Nigeria remains the most populous in Africa, the seventh globally with an estimated population of over 198 million.

“The recent World Population Prospects predicts that by 2050, Nigeria will become the third most populated country in the world.

“Over the last 50 years, Nigeria’s urban population has grown at an average annual growth rate of more than 6.5 per cent without commensurate increase in social amenities and infrastructure.

“It grew substantially from 17.3 in 1967 to 49.4 per cent in 2017. In addition, the 2014 World Urbanisation Prospects report, predicts that by 2050, most of the population – 70 per cent – will be residing in cities.

“The 2010 human mobility Survey report revealed that 23 per cent of the sampled population were of more females than males”.

Duruiheoma went on to state that an estimated 1.76 million internally displaced persons, IDPs, are from states in the North-East.

He pointed out that existing urbanisation trend, coupled with IDPs in cities, pose critical challenges to securing sustainability of our cities.

The NPC Chairman said just as in other developing countries, Nigerian cities host widespread poverty, under-employment and unemployment at an average of 18.4 percent, citing the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, 2017 report.

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