Population and the Dividends of Demography

At the PAN annual conference, dRPC brought together relevant policy makers, experts and practitioners in a panel discussion to deliberate on strategic pathways for the implementation of the Revised National Policy on Population for Sustainable Development and actualisation of the main targets. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch
Image credit: Nigeria Health Watch
Image credit: Nigeria Health Watch
Traditional rulers need to be involved in the communications process, as they speak the language the people understand — Alhaji Umar Sanni-Jabbi, Sarkin Yakin Gagi of Sokoto State. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch
With 75% of the nation’s population under the age of 30, and a dependency ratio of 86%, as at 2020, Nigeria is in a demographic crisis — Dr Ejike Oji. Photo credit: Nigeria Health Watch
  • Leadership- The Federal Government has shown commitment to population control, evidenced by the launching of the Revised National Policy on Population for Sustainable Development. Also, the FG has accepted to allocate 1% of the health budget at both national and state levels for the purchase of family planning commodities, as well as ensure that these services are accessible to all.
  • Governance — More state governments need to show more commitment to ensuring that the resources needed for the procurement of family planning commodities are made readily available. When there is a disconnect between policy and action, it affects service delivery, quality purchase, demand generation, and supply networks. So far, only Lagos and Kaduna states have demonstrated leadership in this regard.
  • Fertility Rate — This is achieved by providing access to free family planning to women and men, at all levels of healthcare.
  • Reduction of mortality rates- Nigeria has one of the highest infant and under 5 mortality rates. This means families may have more children as they are unsure about the survival rate of their existing children. Efficient and accessible health care is critical to mitigate this.
  • Introduction of relevant and appropriate education — Not everyone has the desire to pursue a degree course. Government should consider setting up vocational training schools so young people can still learn relevant skills to improve their employment prospects.
  • Government must improve the ease of doing business — This will encourage local businesses, as well as attract more domestic and foreign direct investment.
  • Equity, justice, fair play, and accountability
Image credit: Nigeria Health Watch

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