Anambra State has a population of more than 4 million (4,182,032 out of which 50.84% is women). The State is the 8th populous and the second densely populated state in Nigeria with almost 700 people per sq km (Table 1.1). With an annual population growth rate of 2.21 percent per annum, Anambra State has over 60% of its people living in urban areas.
Anambra State’s high population density coupled with high rate of urbanization is rapidly assuming that of Lagos State, that is almost completely urbanized and has emerged as a city-state spreading to neighbouring Ogun State to form a Mega city. In a similar way, the cities of Anambra State are growing rapidly to merge with each other across local government boundaries as demonstrated in the Planning Areas. As a matter of fact, the cities of Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi, the subjects of Structure Plan Project, have grown during the past decades, especially since the end of the Nigerian civil war, to merge with their surrounding settlements, forming in these areas several sprawling urban corridors. The annual population growth rates recorded in these cities and their constituent Local Governments averaged over 4.5% percent per annum and peaked as high as 6% and 10% percent per annum as recorded for some of the cities in the areas covered by the Structure Plans, as will be shown later in the report in the section dealing with population analysis. - Full Text
Document was obtained for WIEF from the United Nations (UN) by Arch. Ike Agbim. Mr. Agbim resides in Washington, DC metropolitan area in USA