Adewole tasks states on population policy
Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has charged state governments to review their population policy, and implementation approaches with a view to ensuring families see the need for moderate family sizes.
Adewole stated this while speaking at the inaugural lecture for late Prof. Babatunde Oshotimehin, in Abuja.
According to the minister "Nigeria needs to invest about $62 million over the next five years on high impact family planning".
He noted that with over 90 million people, and still counting, vigorous awareness creation about the essence of moderate family sizes, especially in rural areas has becomes necessary.
He informed that the rapid growth rate could be attributed to high fertility rate of 5.5 children per woman, and low contraceptive prevalence rate of 15 percent based on the 2013 demographic and health survey.
The minister further stated that the current annual growth rate of 3.2 percent, projected that Nigeria would be third most populous country in the world by 2020, with the population doubling by 2030.
He pointed out that the Ministry of Health, had made efforts to increase domestic financing for the family planning through intervention, like payment of 3 million US dollar in 2017 as counterpart fund for procurement of contraceptive equipment.
Earlier in her remarks, the wife of late Oshotimehin, Mrs. Olufunke Oshotimehin, appealed to stakeholders to ensure that they look at the world through the lenses of her late husband, noting that many young people, women and children were marginalised due to their gender, culture, religion and poor attitude of some men to them.