Nigeria’s population hits 214 million with 63.5 percent below 25yrs
London, Dec. 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria’s population as hit record 214 million with 63.5 percent youths below 25yrs 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 is from the research work produced in collaboration between Nigeria’s National Population Commission and the John’s Hopkins centre for communication programme aimed at generating data towards achieving demographic dividend in the country.
Africa’s largest Radio Network, Radio Nigeria reports that the Chairman of the Commission, Alhaji Nasir Kwarra stated this while presenting two research documents to the public in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, on Monday
The two documents presented are the DEMOGRAPHIC DIVIDEND EFFORT INDEX REPORT and REALIZING THE BENEFITS OF DEMOGRAPHIC DIVIDEND IN NIGERIA.
Frightened by the figure, Alhaji Nasir Kwarra urged government at all levels in Nigeria to invest more in youths, education and provision of family planning commodities.
He cautioned that unless deliberate measures are put in place to take advantage of the huge youth population through education, skill acquisition and revamping of the health care system, the country will be sitting on a cake of gun powder
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Mrs Olusola Idowu in a remark thank the commission for the survey and promised that the document would be used in implementing economic activities and also called on the sub-national government to do same.
Nigeria is projected overtake the United States to become the third-most populous country in the world by 2050, according to a United Nations report
.Currently the seventh-most populous country in the world, the West African nation is expected to surpass the 300 million people mark by 2050, according to The World Population Prospects 2017.