Nigeria’s population reached 182 million this year with more than half its people under 30 years of age, putting a severe strain on a nation suffering from a slowing economy and declining revenue to provide enough schools and health facilities.
The latest estimate was based on the population of 140 million recorded in the last census a decade ago, using an annual growth rate of 3.5 per cent weighed against other variables such as rising life expectancy and a declining infant mortality rate, the Director General of the National Population Commission (NPC), Ghaji Bello, said in an interview with Bloomberg in Abuja.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populated country, is witnessing a growing youth bulge, with those under 14 years accounting for more than 40 per cent of its citizens, he said. This is happening at a time when the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has forecast the West African nation’s gross domestic product will shrink 1.7 per cent this year, the first full-year contraction in more than two decades. Read more