According to National Population Commission (NPC)
and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Nigeria’s
population is 193,392,517. The last time national
population was conducted in Nigeria was in 2006 with
the total population figure of 140,431,790.
According to the latest population forecasts released by
NBS, in its website www.nigerianstat.gov.ng, Kano
remains the largest state, by an estimated population
figure of 13,076,892 than the population of Lagos which
is put at 9,113,605.
The latest estimates indicated that there are 98,630,184
males with 94,762,333 females. An analysis of the
figures showed that Nigeria currently had an estimated
population figure of 78,971,690 of those between the
ages of 15 to 39.
According to the analysis, there were 106,257,431 people
within the working population of 15 to 64 years. It also
showed the population of the North-East since 2010,
increased from 21,614,789 to 26,263,866
South-west grew from 31,533,821 in 2010 to 38,257,260.
Kaduna retains its position as third most populated
state with 8,252,366 inhabitants followed by Oyo with
current population estimate of 7,840,864, which
outpaced Katsina now with a figure of 7,831,319.
Bayelsa maintains its position as the least populated of
the 36 states of the federation with an estimated figure
of 2,277,961. Anambra is the most populated state in
the south-east with 5,527,809 inhabitants while Rivers
State leads in the south-south region with 5,198,716
For the north-east, Bauchi is the largest state in terms of
population with a figure of 4,653,066 while in the case
of the north central, Benue leads with 5,741,815
According to the details of 2017 budget proposal
submitted to National Assembly, NPC will fully
commence preparation for 2018 population census