Eze Duruiheoma, chairman of the National Population Commission, NPC, has said Nigeria’s population will hit an estimated 794 million people in 2100 going by current annual growth rate of 3.2 per cent.
Duruiheoma disclosed this yesterday in Abuja during a press conference preparatory to the World Population Day marked every July 11.
The theme of this year’s World Population Day is “Family Planning as a Human Right,” and the NPC chairman believes that the limited exercise of this right has resulted in Nigeria’s sustained high fertility rate of 5.5 per cent with six children per Nigerian woman.
Duruiheama said Nigeria’s population grew by 142 million in 66 years, from 56 million recorded in 1952 to 198 million in 2018.
The NPC boss said the explosion in Nigeria’s population has not been commensurate with resources and there was need for Nigerians to embrace family planning.