The Federal Government of Nigeria has introduced a revised national population policy for sustainable development and to address the country’s overpopulation status.
President Muhammadu Buhari said the aim of the revised national population policy was to improve the quality of life and standards of living of all Nigerians, and to reduce Nigeria’s high fertility rate through extensive access to modern contraceptive methods across the country.
In a statement by Buhari’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled ‘Nigeria Seeks Urgent Measures to Address High Fertility Rate as President Buhari Launches Revised Population Policy’, the president said the revised national policy is to emphasize the importance of investing in quality education of youths, human capital development, and advancing the holistic effort to achieve significant demographic transition.
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The president said, “The policy emphasizes the urgency to address Nigeria’s sustained high fertility rate, through expanding access to modern family planning, counselling and commodities as well as promote births spacing.
“This will enable Nigeria to achieve rapid fertility control, improve the health of women, adolescents, newborns and children, and other population groups. The revised population policy is rich with all necessary information that will guide the implementation of Nigeria’s mid-term and Perspective Development Plan.”
He said, “the policy will further address concerns of the large population of young people who are our pride, our future and assets to drive our development efforts.”
President Buhari stated that Nigeria’s population, which is one of the largest in Africa, has a high fertility rate. The population is hinged on a youthful dominance with more than 72 percent of them being below 30 years while half of the female population are in their reproductive years (15-49 years).
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He added that these stats have implications for sustained population growth and narrowed prospects to achieving population management, facilitating sufficient demographic transition, and realizing sustainable development.
The President also inaugurated the National Council on Population Management, chaired by himself and the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo as the deputy chairman with heads of relevant ministries and government agencies as members.