Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Country's Growing Population, a 'Time Bomb,' Warn Analysts

This Day
30 October 2011

The unanticipated rise in the Nigerian population over the last five years has been described as a potent threat to the future of the nation's economy, unless well managed by the federal government.

Chairman, National Population Commission, Samu'ila Danko Makama, had last week disclosed that the country's population rose from the 140,431,790 it was five years ago when the last national headcount was taken, to 167,912,561 as at Wednesday. This represents an annual population growth rate of 3.2 percent or 5.6 million people per annum.

He said of this figure, 82,098,001 are females, while males account for 85,814,560.

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

In reaction to latest data on Nigeria's demographic figures, economic watchers have raised concern over the unrestrained growth in the population at a period of decline in the scope and performance of infrastructure in the country.

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