Thursday, October 27, 2011

Population Now 168 Million, Hits 221 Million in 2020

This Day
27 October 2011

The National Population Commission (NPC) has said the country's population has risen from the 140,431,790 it was five years ago when the last national headcount was taken, to 167,912,561 as at yesterday. This represents an annual population growth rate of 5.6 million people.

Chairman of NPC, Samu'ila Danko Makama, who made the disclosure at a valedictory press briefing of the board of the commission in Abuja, said of this figure, 82,098,001 are females, while males account for 85,814,560.

He also said given the agency's new projection of the country's population growth with an assessment of 3.2 per cent rate, "the same rate the NPC used in 1991 and 2006", Nigeria's population would hit 221,392,163 by July 1, 2020.

Makama said: "This means that Nigeria contributes 2.4 per cent of the seven billion people which the world population would hit on October 31, 2011."

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