Nigeria could become the third most populous country in the world by 2050, according to a report by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
In the report entitled “World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision”, the world’s population could reach 8.6 billion by 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, given the current sharp increase estimated at around 7.6 billion rds.
Nigeria is forecast to have no fewer than 189 million people between 2018 and 2050, according to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).
The UN, in a new report entitled “Revision of World Urbanization Prospects in 2018”, predicted that an estimated 2.5 billion more people would live in cities by 2050.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the DAES in a previous report said:
“By 2050, the third most populous country will be Nigeria, which is currently seventh, and should replace the United States.”
” Together, India, China and Nigeria will account for 35% of the projected growth of the global urban population between 2018 and 2050 …
“It is expected that India will have registered 416 million urban dwellers, China 255 million and Nigeria 189 million,” said DAES.
The UN Department said that in 2050, two out of three people would probably live in cities or other urban centers, stressing the need for more sustainable urban planning and public services.
Due to demographic changes and overall population growth, this means that about 2.5 billion people could be added to urban areas by mid-century, predicts the DESA.
The report also estimates that by 2030, the world could have 43 megacities – up from 31 today, according to reports.