Nigeria’s National Population Commission (NPC) has projected a population figure of 223.3 million by 2020, reports said on Saturday. The Chairman of the NPC, Chief Eze Duruiheoma, said in a speech to mark this year’s World Population Day in Akure in Ondo State in south-western Nigeria, that the country’s youth population was put at 44.4 million or 33.1 percent of total population at the end of the 2006 Census exercise.
Duruiheoma, who was represented by the Ondo State NPC commissioner, Dr. Oluremi Akinbobola, estimated that youth population would be 73.1 million by 2020.
Speaking on the theme, Investing in Young People,’ Duruiheoma, said that it was time all stakeholders ensured safe, successful and healthy passage from adolescence into adulthood which he said was the right of every child.
He said, This can be fulfilled if families and societies make sustained investments and provide opportunities aimed at ensuring that adolescents and youths develop the knowledge, skills and resilience needed for a healthy, productive life.
Courtesy AGENCIES ……… Source ……….. NEW AFRICA DAILY NEWS