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Nigeria Is The Seventh Largest Country In The World, With 198 Million Persons— Says NPC

Nigeria has a current population of 198 million people having average an annual growth of about 6.5 percent, according to the National Population Commission (NPC).

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This information was announced at the 51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development held in New York, by the Chairman of NPC, Mr Eze Duruiheoma.

He stated;

"Nigeria remains the most populous in Africa, the seventh globally with an estimated population of over 198 million.
"The recent World Population Prospects report predicts that by 2050, Nigeria will become the third most populated country in the world.

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"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 per cent in 1967 to 49.4 per cent of the country's total population in 2017. In addition, the 2014 World Urbanisation Prospects report, predicts that by 2050, most Nigerians - 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."

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He also talked about the insurgencies and the lack of good healthcare facilities especially in the rural areas.

"Nigeria continues to commit to solving the challenges of insurgents in the North-east, which has induced a high number of internally displaced persons.

"We acknowledge that women, children and particularly the girl-child are often the most vulnerable in these displacements, and in this regard, we remain focused on the wellbeing of these vulnerable parts of our population.

"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."