Osinbajo calls for proactive action on population control

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To avoid population explosion, the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has called for effective and efficient management of Nigeria’s population.

Osinbajo made this call at a high-level dialogue on Nigeria’s new National Population Policy.

Osinbajo, who was represented by Maryam Uwais, special adviser to the president on social investment, said population growth without adequate management is “cancerous and a ticking time bomb.”

He also said that Nigeria needs to invest heavily in human capital in order to experience economic growth.

“It has been argued that population is not the problem but proper management,” he said.

“It is time for us as a country to engage with sensitive matters because the very stability of our future depends on these conversations,” Osinbajo urged.

When reeling out the advantages of a high population, Osinbajo mentioned increased taxes, productivity, and a large workforce, among others.

He however said when a high population is not properly managed, it leads to increased crime rates, unemployment, environmental pollution, and more.

It could also result in excessive pressure on natural resources, insufficient food, inadequate housing, traffic congestion, poor human capital indices in so many spheres, insecurity and instability, the law professor said.

He said all hands need to be on deck to support the fast-growing population to overcome the gaps that already exist, adding that there is an urgent need to build on the sub-national economies to support the rapidly-growing population.

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