Nigeria’s Population Hits 201 million


With the number of increased female pregnancy in the country, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
in its 2019 state of the world population report, UNFPA said Nigeria’s the fertility rate among Nigerian women has dropped from 6.4 in 1969 to 5.3 in 2019; growth rate has been at an average of 2.6 percent from 2010 to 2019. and Nigeria’s population has hit a new all time high of 201 million!

Global fertility rate, or the average number of births per woman stood at 4.8 in 1969; 2.9 in 1994; and 2.5 in 2019. The report says the use of contraceptive among Nigerian women aged 15-49 is only 19 percent, adding that decision making on sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights among these women has averaged at 51 between 2007 to 2018.
Some of Nigerian women still do not know when today no to sexual advances of the power to decide on their sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. The UN agency 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. Of this 201 million, 44 percent or 88.44 million are between the ages of 0 and 14, while 32 percent, 64.32 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 In 1969 world population reached 3.6 billion, up about 1 billion from only 17 years earlier, leading to the establishment of UNFPA.
The UN agency has succeeded in reducing fertility rates worldwide by about 50 percent. In the least t countries, fertility was about six births per woman in 1969.
With this new finding, the government would have to provide more jobs to curb the issue of unemployment.