The National Population Commission (NPC) has said that the current overall life expectancy of Nigeria stands at 52 years.
The Acting Chairman of NPC, Alhaji Hassan Bashir, stated this in New York while delivering Nigeria’s statement at the 52nd Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development.
Report says that the World Health Organisation refers life expectancy as the average number of years that a newborn is expected to live if current mortality rates continue to apply.
Bashir said Nigerians “60 years and over currently represents less than five per cent of the entire population, while overall life expectancy is 55.2 years also adding that Nigeria recently concluded the field work of its national demography and health survey in 2018 and while it awaits the outcome of that survey, early and child marriage still persists.
He said data available indicated that unintended and unwanted pregnancies were common as 23 per cent of the adolescent girl age 15 to 19 years have commenced reproduction also stating that the situation had put women, especially young girls, at risk of maternal death which stands at 576 deaths per 100,000 live births also adding that 61 per cent of women of reproductive age who had live births within this period received antenatal care from skilled providers.
He explained that the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) had been conducted regularly with plans to conduct a census during the 2020 round of census.
Bashir, however, bemoaned the major challenge of unavailability of timely information and robust disaggregated data for tracking progress aimed at achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Nigeria’s Ambassador to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande, while delivering a statement on behalf of African Group, said Africa recognized the urgent need to unleash the creative initiative and energy of its large youth population.
Bande, Chairman, African Group, UN, said Africa remained committed to cooperating internationally to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration involving full respect for human rights and the humane treatment of all migrants, adding that African Group has emphasized the need for developed countries to promote policies that foster the integration and reintegration of migrants and returning migrants.