- Nigerians have been told that there is an urgent need to pay attention to uncontrolled population growth in the country
- This is coming from the minister of budget and national planning, Udoma Udo Udoma
- According to him, managing population growth is an important part of any strategy to achieve sustainable economic development
The minister of budget and national planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, has said there is an urgent need for Nigeria to find ways to better manage its rate of population growth so as to abolish extreme poverty.
The Cable reports that the minister stated this in Abuja on Tuesday, August 28, at the 58th annual general meeting of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA).
NAIJ.com gathers that Udoma said that the current estimates suggest that more than four million people are being added to the country’s population yearly.
According to him, paying attention to uncontrolled population growth would help the country fully achieve the aim of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP). He said that managing population growth is an important part of any strategy to achieve sustainable economic development, citing China as an example.
A statement signed by the minister's special adviser, James Akpandem, read: “Let me say, so that I am not misunderstood, that I am not suggesting that we consider taking measures as drastic as the ones China implemented.
“It is important to sensitise Nigerians that we will have to find ways to better manage our rate of population growth if we are to fully achieve the objectives of the ERGP, which is to create the Nigeria of our dreams where extreme poverty is virtually abolished.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that a report by Brookings Institution showed that Nigeria took over from India as the nation with the highest number of extremely poor people.
India previously held the position with a population of 1.324 billion as against Nigeria's 200 million.
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