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Department of Demography & Social Statistics

The Department of Demography and Social Statistics is a child of transitional changes borne out of imperative necessity to meet up with the challenges of Population Studies. At the initial stage of inception in the period 1969-70, this marked the birth of the Demographic Research and Training Unit as a sub-Department of Sociology and Industrial Research Unit. In 1972-73 the Unit became Institute of Population and Manpower Studies. The Institute was re-named as the Department of Demography and Social Statistics in 1975-76 academic session.

Since inception as academic department, it has produced high quality manpower at international, national and local levels in population and other related areas. Currently, in the 2002-2003 session, the department has about 600 undergraduate students and about 40 graduate students at various levels of graduate work. The departmental curriculum is periodically reviewed to meet up with emerging and current challenges.

In terms of academic and research standard, the department has been recognized for excellence by various international and national agencies, Universities in Europe, America and other continents. Although population studies are been fragmentally studied by other related discipline like Sociology, Economics, Geography and Public Health, it is currently the only department that has the capacity and recognition for demographic studies in Nigeria.

The major areas of teaching and research interest cut across Fertility, Mortality, Migration, Population and Development, Labour Force, Aging and Population and Environment. Students are been encouraged to specialized in one or more of these areas of specialization. A major strength of the department is more on the analytical skills using various computer software.