The National Population Commission (NPC) has said Nigeriaâ€™s estimated 198 million population figure recently announced by the commission is based on an annual population growth of 3.2 per cent, spanning from 2006 till date.
The NPC Chairman, Eze Duruiheoma, made the disclosure in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Abuja.
The NPC had on April 11, put Nigeriaâ€™s current population at 198 million people, with urban population growing at an average annual growth of about 6.5 per cent.
Duruiheoma announced the figure in New York while delivering Nigeriaâ€™s statement on Sustainable Cities, Human Mobility and International Migration at the 51st Session of Commission on Population and Development.
The NPC boss said the current estimated figure of 198 million was not just concocted but from annual growth of 3.2 per cent, judging from the last census of 2006.
He added: â€œThere are deaths, and births and nobody imagined that there will be more deaths than births.
â€œIrrespective of what anyone thinks about deaths, there is always more births than deaths and that is why the 3.2 annual growth rate is used in arriving at the current population figure.
â€œThe most important thing now is to conduct another census to ascertain the countryâ€™s actual population.
â€œWe want to do away with the projected figure because there is more to census than funds and we are waiting for a presidential proclamation that will empower NPC to conduct the head count.â€™â€™
Duruiheoma said having accurate data about a countryâ€™s population was essential in planning as it would be used for social, economic, political and other needs.