Nigeria has always has issues defining it priorities. The realities in Nigeria have always cause keen observers to doubt the sustainability and the future of the country. For instance, the cases of mass weddings and marriages sponsored by the government have made enlightened individuals to ask questions as to the benefits of this government interventions; one of these questions is how will these mass marriages improve the standard of living of the so called beneficiaries of this interventions, other than the fact that these marriages would increase the human population, in a country where the grip of poverty can only be likened to a grip of death.
The fact that the population of the world is exploding uncontrollably, is an issue that should be treated with real urgency. Basically, overpopulation occurs when the population of a living organism exceeds the carrying capacity of the region of their habitat. According to the statistic available to us, the population of the world tripled in the nineteen century, as a result of the improvement in modern medicine. The current population of the world is put at 7 billion by the United Nation, while the carrying capacity of the earth is estimated under existing condition between 4 billion and 16 billion. The population of the world is projected to reach 9.3 billion and 10.1 billion between the year 2040 and 2050.
In Nigeria however, the uncontrollably increase in Human population is one of the major problem the country is grappling with. It is a problem we have failed to see and acknowledge. An issue that has not in any way won our attention. The Government have basically gone mute or are oblivion of this issue, while Professionals who should speak up on this problem have been in an inaction mode for too long. Presently the population of the country have been estimated as 195,217, 53, a county with a land mass of 923,768. And the 7th most populated country in the world. However, it is the most populated country when we compare the ratio of her population and land mass with other countries on the list of the most populated countries in the world, for instance, Nigeria, whose land mass is not up to Texas, a state in the United State accounts for about 1/6 of the population of Africa.
Nigeria’s population reality can be liken to a monster that stares at the country with the aim of destroy it. Nigerians don’t seem to notice. Nigeria Population growth continues to skyrocket despite the inadequacy of the country’s living condition. Nigeria, has a developing nation has the problem of population growth to grapple with, especially when the economic and socio-cultural realities of the country are put into view. It is not news that most Nigerian leave in dehumanizing condition, the worst part is that they have even more children in these condition, thereby expanding the spread of misery.
Nigeria population surge is unconnected to factor like uncontrolled birth rate, which is a source of concern for the government of the country. Although, most state government in the country and other numerous organization have taken up the gauntlet to advocate for birth control and family planning, the rate of birth in the country is still on the high side. With an average of 5.5 birth per woman, the rate of birth is worrisome. In most cases, parents do not have the resources to ensure that the kids they bring into this world get the best lives possible. Some other factors aids overpopulation in the country, these factors include better medical services and care and reduction in death.