The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs has disclosed that the world population has reached an estimated 8 billion people.
This is contained in its latest World Population Prospects 2022, released on Tuesday in commemoration of this year’s World Population Day.
The statement notes that, with 216 million people projected in Nigeria, the country has two point seven percent of the world population.
According to the report, more than half of the projected population is concentrated in just eight countries: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and the United Republic of Tanzania.
With this report, Nigeria now ranked 6th in the latest most populous countries of the world
It also predicted that India would surpass China as the world’s most populous country in 2023.
In 2020, the world’s population actually decreased by less than 1%, rising at its sluggishest rate since 1950. According to the United Nations’ most recent estimates, the world’s population may reach 8.5 billion people in 2030 and 9.7 billion by 2050. The population is predicted to peak at 10.4 billion people in the 2080s and stay there until 2100.
The research also notes that fertility rates have dropped significantly in several nations during the past few decades.