Nigeria’s population hits 182 million

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Nigeria’s population has risen to 182 million, with more than half of that number aged below 30 years, the country’s officials said on Thursday.

Ghaji Bello, director general of the National Population Commission, said the figure was estimated based on the 140 million recorded in a nationwide census a decade ago and an annual growth rate of 3.5 percent weighed against other variables such as rising life expectancy and a declining infant mortality rate.

Bello also said that about 40% of the Nigerians were below 14 years, noting a rapid increase of the youth.

Nigeria’s is Africa’s most populous country.

Bello said there are plans to hold a census this year to validate the latest population figure.

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