Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Time to update some numbers

According to Nigerian authorities, it's time to update population numbers for their country. And time to update the high priority political issues. The report comes from This Day.

The Nation's Population Now 168 Million, Hits 221 Million in 2020
The National Population Commission (NPC) has said the country's population has risen from the 140,431,790 it was five years ago when the last national headcount was taken, to 167,912,561 as at yesterday. This represents an annual population growth rate of 5.6 million people.

Chairman of NPC, Samu'ila Danko Makama… said it was imperative that the necessary framework be put in place by the NPC and other stakeholders to accommodate the rate.

He particularly cautioned that the population explosion could lead to a higher rate of unemployment and poverty among Nigerians.

"It is necessary that we start to space our children. Yes, children are provided by God, but we also have to plan for them," he said….

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At 8:44 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Country's Growing Population, a 'Time Bomb,' Warn Analysts

"The unanticipated rise in the Nigerian population over the last five years has been described as a potent threat to the future of the nation's economy, unless well managed by the federal government…

"In reaction to latest data on Nigeria's demographic figures, economic watchers have raised concern over the unrestrained growth in the population at a period of decline in the scope and performance of infrastructure in the country…

"Regional Head of Research, Africa, Global Research, Standard Chartered Bank, Razia Khan, [asked] '[I]s it possible that Nigeria becomes a very big country, rather than a developed economy?

"'The big concern of course is whether sufficient employment opportunities can be generated to absorb the country's growing pool of labour, and whether this can take place rapidly enough.'… "


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