Fertility levels and trend among women in Nigeria
Fertility levels and trend among women in Nigeria are discussed in this paper using both reported and adjusted current and life-time fertility measures. The Brass P/F ratio and Brass Relational Gompertz models were applied to obtain the adjusted ASFRs and TFRs used for the discussion from the 1991 Census PES, 1981/82 NFS, 1990, 1999 and 2003 NDHS data. The results of the analyses show that although fertility level in Nigeria is still high in relation to the levels in the developed and some developing countries, there are indications that it is declining, but at a very slow pace. Improved status of women and family planning services 4delivery, among others, have been recommended.
Journal of the Nigerian Association of Mathematical Physics Vol. 9 2005: pp. 367-378