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Expert lauds FG for revised population policy on population.

Prof. Emmanuel Lufadeju, the National Coordinator, Rotary Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health (RMCH), has commended the Federal Government for launching the Revised National Policy on Population for Sustainable Development.

The National Daily reports that the revised national policy was launched on Feb. 3 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Lufadeju gave the commendation in an interview with Newsmen on Thursday in Ibadan.

He said that the policy would bring the desired measures to address Nigeria’s high fertility rate, through expanding access to modern contraceptive methods across the country.

“It is very heart-warming that finally the Nigerian government wants to focus on improving the health of mothers and adolescents.

”For the policy to be a success, the federal government must improve budgetary allocation to women’s health and provide easy accessibility to modern family planning methods.

“There is need to provide funding for the upgrading of Primary Health Centers throughout the country and train more doctors and nurses, especially in the rural areas.

“These actions will substantially reduce maternal and infant mortality, and increase general well being of the whole family.

“In achieving these men head of households have a great responsibility to support and encourage our women folks,” he said.

National Daily reports that the police outlines a multi-sectoral strategy for the challenges posed by rapid population growth.

It also strives to inform all stakeholders about the linkage s between population and developmental issues like housing, health, education, agriculture, food, economy, energy, environment, transportation, security, employment, urbanization and so forth. This in effect means the effect of population on the well being and quality of life of all Nigerians.

The policy states that to achieve sustainable development and a higher quality of life for all people, Nigeria shall promote appropriate policies including population-related policies, to meet the needs of current generations, without compromising the ability of future generation to meet their own needs“.

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The federal government said the policy is in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which provides the Nigerians are entitled to all rights, privileges and provisions that should enhance their full and equal participation in all national development efforts.

To this end, therefore, the federal government directs government all levels to ensure that all individuals are given the opportunity to make the most of their potentials.

The federal government gave some of the specific goals to include achieving sustained economic growth, poverty eradication, protection of the environment and provision of quality of social services.

Others are to achieve a balance between population growth rate and available resources and improve the productive health of all Nigerians at every stage of the life cycle.

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