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Population Day: Nigeria has about 198m people, says Commission

Director General of the National Population Commission (NPoPC), Dr Ghaji Bello, has said the Commission will use electronic enumeration method to determine the actual population of Nigeria.

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Nigeria’s population is said to be equivalent to 2.55% of the total world population

Bello said in Abuja on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 that Nigeria presently has an estimated population of about 198 million people, adding that the commission was determined to conduct a reliable and accurate census in the near future.

The Director General spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) ahead of the World Population Day to be observed on Thursday.

He called on the Federal Government to support the commission to conduct a comprehensive and reliable census to ascertain the country’s actual population.

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“We arrived at the estimated 198 million after elimination of all the variables like mortality rates,” he said.

According to him, the commission will capture people’s fingerprints in the coming census using machines programmed to reject any double counting.

The Director General noted that another round of census was long overdue, 10 years after the last exercise was conducted in the country.

Bello who expressed confidence in the capacity of the commission to conduct accurate census, called on government to make it realisable.

By Ikenna Osuoha

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