The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says 76 percent of Nigerians are between ages 0 to 24, as the country’s population hits 195.9 million.
In its UNFPA state of world population report, with the theme: “The power of choice: Reproductive rights and the demographic,” the UN agency revealed that 148.8 million Nigerians are under the age of 25.
This is in conflict with the National Population Commission (NPC) figures which put Nigeria’s population at 198 million as early as April 2018.
NPC Chairman Eze Duruiheoma said this in New York, the United States of America, when he delivered Nigeria’s statement on sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration at the 51st session of Commission on Population and Development.
Said Duruiheoma: “Nigeria remains the most populous in Africa, the seventh globally with an estimated population of over 198 million.”
He hinged the figure on urban population growing at an average annual growth rate of about 6.5 per cent.
But, the UNFPA report added that 44 percent of Nigeria’s population is aged 0 to 14, while 32 percent are aged 14 to 24. The UN agency also revealed that Nigeria has one of the highest fertility rates in the world, with less than 20 percent of married women in urban communities using a modern contraceptive method.
In rural communities, within the country, less than 10 percent of married women use a modern contraceptive method, UNFPA added.
“No country can yet claim to have made reproductive rights a reality for all. Choices are limited for far too many women.
“And, this means that there are still millions of people who are having more—or fewer—children than they would like, with implications, not only for individuals, but also for communities, institutions, economies, labour markets and entire nations,” the UNFPA report added.
Nigeria’s population is expected to double between now and 2050.