Nigeria to be 3rd biggest country in the world by 2100   

July 17 (Lagos) - Nigeria is projected to become 3rd biggest Country in terms of population in the world by 2021 according to Institute of Health Metrics, University of Washington. 

Nigeria's population is expected to grow to 800 million by 2021 and be second to only that of India and China.

The fertility rate is falling sharply across the world as mothers are having less babies especially in the western world. 

Consider this stark reality.

World birth rate in 1950 - 47

World birth rate in 2017 - 2.4

The world population is expected to peak in 2064. 

There are only a few countries will more children will continue to be born and those include Nigeria, India, Bangladesh and Indonesia.China is expected to lower its population in a controlled manner by 2021 and it will still be the second biggest country in terms of population after India which will continue to expand at an alarming rate. 

Consider this fact that India produces more engineers per year than the current population of San Francisco. Nigeria needs to start producing engineers and medical doctors at a very quick pace to keep up with the population explosion that is currently ongoing. 

According to billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya, when that number falls to 2.1, the world will start to shrink and most countries will need migration and global integration as political and economic necessities because population of working age adults in any country will not be enough.

Nigeria is getting a key stage in 2020 as the country needs to secure the future of this huge population growth which is coming.

The study found that" Our findings suggest that continued trends in female educational attainment and access to contraception will hasten declines in fertility and slow population growth. A sustained TFR lower than the replacement level in many countries, including China and India, would have economic, social, environmental, and geopolitical consequences. Policy options to adapt to continued low fertility, while sustaining and enhancing female reproductive health, will be crucial in the years to come.

Hope the leaders in Aso Rock are paying attention because their decisions are not only affecting the current generation by our future generations which are coming more exponentially. Are we producing enough food, electricity, housing, internet companies, doctors, engineers, manufacturing sector. 

Time to address these shortfalls. Let Covid-19 pandemic be the reset for the country and lets start doing things right. 

reporting for on Friday. July 17 2020 from Lagos, Nigeria

Source - Study by Institute of Health Metrics
              Study funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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