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 people.
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 inhabitants. .
According to the details of 2017 budget proposal submitted to National Assembly, NPC will fully commence preparation for 2018 population census during 2017.