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|Population Law: An Urgent Policy Need In Nigeria by VickypediaPHC: 1:54pm On Nov 30, 2020|
At present, with recent realities around the World and Nigeria, there is an urgent need for a POPULATION LAW in Nigeria. Here are four (4) key reasons why:
1. High level of Insecurity: Considering the level of insecurity in Nigeria at present, there is an urgent need to formulate laws and restrictions on the number of children per woman. Insecurity in the North and South of Nigeria is occasioned by mainly successful as a result of high population, but highly idle, unemployed and uneducated. It is directly related to insecurity, particularly for an unproductive and poorly engaged youths.
2. Poverty: Nigeria according to world poverty index, is considered as the world poverty capital since 2016. It again shows how imperative it has become to check the number of children per woman in each families. The Nigerian economy at this level cannot cater for all Nigerians because of poor leadership and corruption. Poverty again is directly related to high population rate, as families must be held accountable for their children's well-being and ensure people give birth to children based on their capacity to train this children to reduced dependency on government and it's resources.
3. High infant Mortality rate: According to WHO, since 2019, Nigeria have the highest number of infant mortality rate for children below the age of 5 years in the world. This bring up another argument on the need to check our population explosion as we have poor access to health care facilities in Nigeria. The Covid-19 pandemic have shown our healthcare system are insufficient and understaffed.
4. Economic reality: Research have shown that no Developed Nation in the world today have a population growth rate of more than 1% including China. Nigeria, with a population growth rate of 2.6% and a negatively economic growth rate as a result of economic recession, it is clear our present population growth rate is no longer sustainable if we must attain development. Nigeria is project to be the third most populated country in the world by 2050 behind India & China. Are we sincerely ready for such population explosion?
Note: We are not ignorant of our rich human capital as a Nation or the strides China and Brazil have made using their high population, but these countries had Purposefully and Quality Leadership which Nigeria lacks at present. India and China both have a population growth rate of 1% or less. Hence there is a need to reducing our current population to meet modern economic realities. This again should be a short-term measure by the government.
Constructive comments and criticisms will be highly appreciated.
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