Data from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs has said that Nigeria’s population has reached 216 million in 2022.
This, according to the UN agency, accounts for 2.7 per cent of the global population.
According to its latest World Population Prospects 2022 released to mark World Population Day, the global population has reached an estimated 8 billion.
The report noted that more than half of the projected population was concentrated in just eight countries: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and the United Republic of Tanzania.
It added that India would surpass China as the world’s most populous country in 2023.
The report reads in part, “More than half of the projected increase in the global population up to 2050 will be concentrated in eight countries: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and the United Republic of Tanzania.
“Countries of sub-Saharan Africa are expected to contribute more than half of the increase anticipated through 2050.”