UNICEF has been working in Nigeria since 1953 to support the government of Nigeria implement programmes and policies for the realisation of children’s rights. Currently it is one of largest UNICEF country programmes in the world.
Nigeria is the most populous nation in Africa with more than 140 million people, including 40 million children under-five years old. Well over half of the population lives in poverty, with wide regional disparities. Progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria will contribute tremendously to attainment of the Goals for the continent.