Nigeria will reach a population of 170 million people by the end of 2013 according to the Nigerian National Population Council (NPC). The declaration was made last Thursday, 21 February 2013 in Nigeria’s Capital of Abuja during an NPC Press conference. Many Nigerians contacted by African Celebrities Magazine (ACM) believe that their country has already passed 200 million people and that the estimate by NPC is absolutely incorrect because many people were not counted during the last population census excercise. One Nigerian (male) referred to the estimate of 170 million as “an understatement”, while a second thought it was “a joke”.
Following the NPC estimate, Nigeria will be the 7th most populated country in the world after Pakistan. But if we consider what many Nigerians are saying, a population of over 200 million will put Nigeria as the 5th most populous Nation. Some experts estimate that the west African Nation will be the 3rd most populous country in the world by 2050.
Think for a moment about the former capital Lagos. The population of Lagos alone is estimated at over 9 million people. In fact that was in 2011/2012. Lagos may even have passed 10 or 11 million people. That means, Lagos alone is more populated than countries such as: Hungary, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Niger, Sierra Leone, Libya, Somalia, Burundi, Benin, Austria, etc etc.
Ofcourse Nigeria has one of the fastest growing economies in the world at the moment but there are millions still living in extreme poverty. The question that arises is whether an explosion in population growth in Nigeria matches the economy and the size of the country.
That is why African Celebrities Magazine (ACM) has organized this poll to find out what your opinion is.
Question: Is Nigeria getting too over populated for its economy and size?