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Aging Population Set To Increase Amidst Economic Downturn

Posted: Sep 10, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Marcus Oweh,


The National Population Commission has given indications that the aging population in Nigeria would see a steady increase in the years ahead, despite dwindling economic fortunes.

The Commission however noted that life expectancy rates of Nigerians would gradually increase if the prospects for economic recovery by the Federal Government was anything to go by

While there is an envisaged increase in the aging population, the current world population of 7.3 billion is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, according to a recent United Nations report.

Most of the projected increase in the world’s population may be attributed to a short list of high-fertility countries, mainly in Africa, or countries with already large populations.

Between 2015-2050, half of the world’s population growth is expected to be concentrated in nine countries: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America (USA), Indonesia and Uganda, listed according to the size of their contribution to the total growth.

India expected to become the largest country in population size, surpassing China around 2022, while Nigeria could surpass the United States by 2050.

While the aging population is set to increase in Nigeria, government was already envisaging challenges which such increase would pose.

Federal Government has also gone a step further to approve the Population and Development Strategic Plan (PPD) for 2015-2019 which will enable it achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Secretary to NPC, Bassey Akpanyung, announced this in Abuja on Wednesday, during a meeting with the National Task Force Group for Partners in PPD on South-South Cooperation Stakeholders and Coordination.

The draft PPD Strategic Plan for 2015-2019 was approved since March,2015 but will focus mainly on ensuring universal access to sexual and productive healthcare services and rights.

Akpanyung, who was represented by Samuel Eloho, MCP’s Deputy Director, International Cooperation Department, said other priorities would be to ensure universal access to sexual and productive healthcare services and rights.

“The aging population in Nigeria was expected to increase in number just as life expectancy rates would gradually increase.

“The old age depend ratio is not high at present (at least compared with the developing) but it will increase in the coming years.

“This serves as a pointer to challenges that may be witnessed on aging in the nearest future,”he said.

At the meeting the UNFPA Country Director, Ratidzal Ndhlovu, assured Nigeria of its continued support to achieve the SDGs.

Represented by Dashe Dasogot, the NPC- Demography and Statistic Official, UNFPA, said that the mandate of the organisation had come to stay in the county.

“We request as part of this meeting; we want to do a presentation on Sustainable Development; how far we have gone and bring out where we come in also to highlight key challenges in the process since we are all stakeholders.

“But our commitment to development of Nigeria is solid and we stand by it and hope that the meeting will be fruitful”.

Daily Independent investigations revealed that the National Task Group is the bridge builder in implementing the objectives of South-South Cooperation.

The task group helps to implement the objective of the South-South Cooperation in the promotion of family planning, gender, sexual reproductive health and population and development to enhance capacity.

It further seeks to provide a holistic way to identify potential institutions in the country that could become part of the hub to provide technical cooperation to other developing countries.