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Population Growth: Experts alerts on inherent dangers

Population Lagos, March 12, 2019 Dr Michael Kunnuji, a Sociology Lecturer at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Lagos, says that Africa will  languish in poverty if its population growth rate is not checked. Kunnuji, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos said the annual African population growth rate was about […]

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Lagos, March 12, 2019 Dr Michael Kunnuji, a Sociology Lecturer at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Lagos, says that Africa will  languish in poverty if its population growth rate is not checked.

Kunnuji, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos said the annual African population growth rate was about 2.6 per cent, accounting for 17 per cent of the global population.

“The population of the whole world is about 7.6 billion with an annual growth rate of 1.1 percent.

“To have an understanding of how fast we are growing, Africa is going to add approximately 170 million people to the world between 2020 and 2025.

“Whereas, Africa’s resources is not growing at half the rate its population is increasing. This will lead to having too many people struggling for too few resources.

“Also, we will continue to have family instability and political instability,” he alerted.

Kunnuji told NNN that much could be learned from the population structure of a country, of which includes the age and sex distribution because of its diverse implication to socio-economic development.

“The population structure for Africa shows that the majority of the population are dependent; they are the old and children, therefore, are not economically productive.

“This in itself tells us that the level of poverty will be high because of the dependents who need to be fed, accommodated and provided for while the people carrying the burden are so few,” he told said.

On the possible solutions, the lecturer said there were palliatives that could be taken to guard against the problems of population growth such as more interventions that would promote the use of contraceptives.

“People should begin to think toward having fewer children as well as think of having other alternatives to sex.

“People should begin to engage in activities that will keep them occupied and take their minds off activities that will lead to procreation.

Oladapo Udom

Oladapo Udom: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a media subscriber of the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]nnn.ng. Disclaimer.

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