According the Population Reference Bureau, the country of Nigeria is on pace to add roughly 263 million people to its populace by the year 2050. The current size of the population is 170 million. Obviously, this suggests Nigeria will more than double its population — in just 38 years. With an infant mortality rate double the world average, 43% of its population under the age of 15, only 10% of married women using modern contraception and a total fertility rate of roughly 5.7, this rapid growth is not surprising.
The following story reports on the swearing in of a new Nigerian National Population Commission and remarks made by the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.
Govt mulls bill to check population explosion
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:00 From Madu Onuorah (Abuja)
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan yesterday expressed worry over population explosion in Nigeria, saying that the Federal Government is mulling a bill to check it.
He said at the swearing-in of the newly appointed chairman and 22 of the 23 commissioners of the National Population Commission (NPC) at the Presidential Villa Abuja that though regulation of population is “very sensitive”, the Federal Government cannot wait until it becomes uncontrollable before facing the menace.
He, therefore, directed the new NPC team to start advocacy campaign on birth control, promising them of government supports and funding.
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