Nigeria’s Population In 2018 Is 198 Million – National Population Commission

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The current population of Nigeria is now 198 million according to the National Population Commission (NPC)

It said urban population was growing at an average yearly rate of about 6.5 per cent

Its Chairman, Mr. Eze Duruiheoma, spoke 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.

Duruiheoma said:

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, the 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”.

He said the category of population mostly engaged in urbanisation and migration were young people of teenage and adolescents’ girls and boys, women of child bearing age and the working age population.

He said existing urbanisation trend coupled with internally displaced persons (IDPs) in cities, pose critical challenges to securing sustainability of our cities, including efforts to make them smart and responsive to human influx.

“The Displacement Tracking Matrix round XXI of January 2018 identified estimated 1.7 million IDPs in over 321,580 households across six states of North-East Nigeria with 40 per cent residing in camp-like settings in urban areas plus 1.4 million returnees.

“The number of IDPs represented 4.5 per cent increase compared to the 1,702,680 identified in Round XX (Dec. 2017).”

Duruiheoma said like in other developing countries, Nigerian cities hosted widespread poverty, under-employment and unemployment at an average of 18.4 per cent, according to the National Bureau of Statistics 2017 report.

The NPC boss bemoaned the insecurity and inadequate and inequitable healthcare services for adolescents and women of child bearing age.

“Nigeria continues to commit to solving the challenges of insurgents in the Northeast, which has induced a high number of internally displaced persons.

“We are committed to providing adequate healthcare services, reducing maternal mortality, rebuilding safe schools and empowering our women, ensuring no one is left behind in terms of achieving sustainable development.”

[NAN]

5 thoughts on “Nigeria’s Population In 2018 Is 198 Million – National Population Commission

  1. Nonsense! The actual population figures of the “real” Nigerians should not be this high. Normal population growth is by birth rates of citizens not unchecked influxes from other countries. Our leaders are imbecile, there is nothing to be happy about; as a country, we are a failure!

  2. “Growth without commensurate increase in social amenities and infrastructure”…… Is it the effort at balancing the available amenities with the growth rate that makes the senseless killings of recent times to be overlooked?

  3. Despite attached the killing by fulanies hurt men and the illetrate fool called Bokoharam the population is that high. Nigeria in trouble. no jobs the economy doesn’t favour the lay man on the street. money circulates in the hands of the rich. same every where in Africa. God what is happening to us?

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