The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has reported that Nigeria’s population is projected to reach 289.1 million by 2050, making it the fifth most populous country in the world.
The Nigeria current population, according to the UN report, is 158. 3 million, while the entire Africa’s population is estimated to reach 1.9 billion in 2050.
The report claimed that 35 percent Nigerian births are carried out with skilled attendants. It revealed that 47 percent Nigerians have access to improved drinking water source and the country has 50 percent urban growth rate only in 2010.
The report had also projected the present population of the world, which presently stands as 6.9 billion, to increase to 9.1 billion by 2050.
According to UNFPA, Nigeria’s average population growth rate from 2005 to 2010 was 2.3 percent, with 50 percent of its population living in urban areas in 2010.
The UN report says African countries account for the highest fertility rates, with women in Nigeria, Congo, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Somalia giving birth to an average of six children each.
The UN body puts Nigeria’s fertility rate in 2010 at 5 percent, Somalia 6 percent, and Niger at 7 percent.