Just In: Nigeria’s population increases to 201 million

Just In: Nigeria’s population increases to 201 million

- The United Nations Population Fund said Nigeria's population has hit 201 million

- This means an average of 2.6 per cent from 2010 to 2019

- According to the report, contraceptive prevalence rate among Nigerian women aged 15-49 is only 19 per cent

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has said that Nigeria’s current population has hit a new high of 201 million.

This is contained in the 2019 state of the world population report which identifies that Nigeria’s growth rate has been at an average of 2.6 per cent from 2010 to 2019.

The fertility rate among Nigerian women continued to drop as it fell from 6.4 in 1969 to 5.3 in 2019 which translates to an average of five children per woman.

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The report also showed that “contraceptive prevalence rate among Nigerian women aged 15-49 is only 19 per cent, adding that decision making on sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights among these women has averaged at 51 per cent between 2007 to 2018.”

The UNFPA estimated that Nigeria’s population has grown “from 54.7 million in 1969 to 105.4 million in 1994 and 201.0 million in 2019."

The new report shows that 44 per cent or 88.44 million are between the ages of 0 and 14, while 32 per cent, 64.32 million are within the ages of 10 and 24.

The reports revealed that “reproductive rights are still out of reach for too many women, including the more than 200 million women who want to prevent a pregnancy but cannot access modern contraceptive information and services”.

“Ultimately, almost all of the 4.3 billion people of reproductive age around the world today will have had inadequate access to sexual and reproductive health services at some point."

Meanwhile, a total of 740,146 jobs were added in Lagos state between July 2017 and June 2018, a survey of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) as captured in its recently released report has revealed.

The feat of job creation recorded by Lagos, as shown in the NBS report, is the highest in the country.

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According to the report, only nine states were able to reduce unemployment and underemployment rates between the third quarter of 2017 and the corresponding quarter in 2018.

The states include Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Imo, Kaduna, Kogi, Nasarawa, Ondo and Rivers, while six States also recorded the highest gains in net full-time employment between Q3 2017 and Q2 2018.

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