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  •  Mr Clement Agba Minister of Budget and National Planning has restated the Federal Government s commitment to the promotion of women and girls rights Agba made the pledge on Tuesday at the official launch of the Promote My Sister campaign by UN Population Fund UNFPA in Abuja The campaign is a call to action by the UNFPA aimed at protecting girls and women while supporting them to achieve their dreams and aspirations Agba said that Nigeria in partnership with relevant stakeholders would not relent in addressing the menace of Gender Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation in the country Mr Mathias Schmale UN Resident Coordinator said that the UN was working to improve the lives of women and girls while aiming at empowering them Schmale called for commitment to a future where women and girls would be safe and live their lives to the fullest According to him women need to occupy prime positions across the globe He commended Nigerian women whom he said were exceling around the world citing the likes of Mrs Ngozi Okonjo Iweala On her part Ms Ulla Mueller Country Representative UN Population Fund UNFPA said that the essence of the campaign was for girls and women to protect each other Mueller who expressed hope for brighter and better future for women and girls said that women should be supported to make choices about their reproductive rights Meanwhile Mrs Pauline Tallen Minister of Women Affairs commended UNFPA for the launch saying that it was apt and timely in view of the rising wave of Gender based violence Tallen was represented by Dr Asabe Bashir Director General National Centre for Women Development The minister called for an end to male preference in families and situations where girls were not encouraged to go to school NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG restates commitment to promoting women’s, girls’ rights
     Mr Clement Agba Minister of Budget and National Planning has restated the Federal Government s commitment to the promotion of women and girls rights Agba made the pledge on Tuesday at the official launch of the Promote My Sister campaign by UN Population Fund UNFPA in Abuja The campaign is a call to action by the UNFPA aimed at protecting girls and women while supporting them to achieve their dreams and aspirations Agba said that Nigeria in partnership with relevant stakeholders would not relent in addressing the menace of Gender Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation in the country Mr Mathias Schmale UN Resident Coordinator said that the UN was working to improve the lives of women and girls while aiming at empowering them Schmale called for commitment to a future where women and girls would be safe and live their lives to the fullest According to him women need to occupy prime positions across the globe He commended Nigerian women whom he said were exceling around the world citing the likes of Mrs Ngozi Okonjo Iweala On her part Ms Ulla Mueller Country Representative UN Population Fund UNFPA said that the essence of the campaign was for girls and women to protect each other Mueller who expressed hope for brighter and better future for women and girls said that women should be supported to make choices about their reproductive rights Meanwhile Mrs Pauline Tallen Minister of Women Affairs commended UNFPA for the launch saying that it was apt and timely in view of the rising wave of Gender based violence Tallen was represented by Dr Asabe Bashir Director General National Centre for Women Development The minister called for an end to male preference in families and situations where girls were not encouraged to go to school NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG restates commitment to promoting women’s, girls’ rights
    General news2 months ago

    FG restates commitment to promoting women’s, girls’ rights

    Mr Clement Agba, Minister of Budget and National Planning, has restated the Federal Government’s commitment to the promotion of women and girls’ rights.

    Agba made the pledge on Tuesday at the official launch of the  “Promote My Sister” campaign by UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in Abuja.

    The campaign is a call to action by the UNFPA aimed at protecting girls and women while supporting them to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

    Agba said that Nigeria, in partnership with relevant stakeholders, would not relent in addressing the menace of Gender-Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation in the country.

    Mr Mathias Schmale, UN Resident Coordinator, said that the UN was working to improve the lives of women and girls while aiming at empowering them.

    Schmale called for commitment to a future where women and girls would be safe and live their lives to the fullest.

    According to him, women need to occupy prime positions across the globe.

    He commended Nigerian women whom he said were exceling around the world, citing the likes of Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

    On her part, Ms Ulla Mueller, Country Representative, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), said that the essence of the campaign was for girls and women to protect each other.

    Mueller, who expressed hope for brighter and better future for women and girls, said that women should be supported to make choices about their reproductive rights.

    Meanwhile, Mrs Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, commended UNFPA for the launch, saying that it was apt and timely in view of the rising wave of Gender-based violence.

    Tallen was represented by Dr Asabe Bashir, Director General National Centre for Women Development.

    The minister called for an end to male preference in families and situations where girls were not encouraged to go to school.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Evolving health cum economic emergencies clearly highlight the urgent need for countries like Nigeria to adopt economic policies that are new unusual achieveable and effective These will be aimed at accelerating improved human capital development productivity and optimal harnessing of Demographic Dividend Demographic Dividend according to the UN Population Fund UNFPA is the accelerated economic growth that may result from decline in a country s birth and death rates and the subsequent change in the age structure of the population Understandably it is an economic boom achieved when there is increase in productivity with increase in the working age of the population structure and lesser dependency ratio The trajectory of demographic dividend stems from economic boom of the four Asian Tigers namely Hong Kong Singapore South Korea and Taiwan whereby the Asian Tigers economies recovered strongly as the world revived from financial crisis The recovery according to Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji Federal Commissioner representing Oyo on National Population Commission NPC is highly attributable to government stimulus programmes in each region Oyetunji explains that the programmes resulted in greater than four per cent growth in the GDP of each country in 2009 To mitigate the socioeconomic among other challenges Nigeria is expected to rejig her economy A league of health and economic experts hence call on Nigeria to invest rightly on education and health Dr Dasogot Dashe of the UN Population Fund UNFPA says that for Nigeria to achieve demographic dividend sufficient investment must be made in education and health sectors of the country Describing education and health as the rallying point of most sectors of the economy Dashe says it is unfortunate that the two sectors are being neglected in terms of adequate funding He says education especially that of the girl child as well as health remain key in economic advancement of every nation According to him it is only when a girl child is educated that she can be knowledgeable about fertility reduction through family planning Consequently Dashe emphasises the need for government at all levels and all times to ensure the availability and accessibility of quality healthcare for her populace for human capital development Dr Olumide Okunola Senior Health Specialist World Bank identifies poor implementation and monitoring of policies as the major challenges impeding the country s achievement of demographic dividend According to Okunola global policies as Universal Basic Education UBE and Universal Health Coverage UHC must be domesticated practically and strictly in Nigeria to transit the country to enjoy demographic dividend The World Bank health specialist enthuses that the usual complacency on out of school children especially girls must be jettisoned and a policy of mandatory education for all especially girls adopted He expresses optimism on the impactful outcome of mandatory education for girls as having the potential to not just increase the country s productivity level but reduce fertility rate of Nigeria Making sure a girl stays longer in school at least from primary to secondary school will prevent child marriage It will also reduce fertility rate as well as reduce maternal mortality by educating the girl on her sexual and reproductive health rights Advocacies for right investment are also made by Mr Shubham Chaudhuri Country Director World Bank at different fora Chaudhuri faults the subsidy investment on Premium Motor Spirit PMS by Nigeria saying such huge amount of money should be invested in education and health He opines that government s policies are critical in either achieving demographic dividend or disaster hence Nigeria should embrace emphasis on beneficial economic roadmaps to attain sustainable development These policies should be vehemently and indeed practically pursued with uncompromising implementation and monitoring Also government should begin to interrogate the efficiency of global goals as UBE and UHC to ascertain its impact Nigeria as a matter of urgency should rise above arm chair policy formulation but strict implementation like the Asian Tigers Nigeria as the most populous country in Africa like the Asian Tigers should strive to achieve economic growth through exports and rapid industrialisation Therefore it is paramount for Nigeria to take advantage of its youthful bulge to drive productivity Nevertheless Nigeria has a favourable demography says Mr Clement Agba Minister of Budget and National Planning at the UN Population Fund s Validation of 9th Country Programme Document CPD for the span of 2023 to 2027 Agba asserts that the country with her youthful bulge has an active and productive population structure that is highly productive for attendant demographic dividend On his part Dr Ejike Oji Chairman Technical Management Committee Association for the Advancement of Family Planning in Nigeria AAFP identifies family planning as key to achieving sustainable development through harnessing of favourable demography Oji says that until Nigeria s fertility rate of 5 3 per woman is brought down minimally achieving demographic dividend would remain a mirage He explains that that access to quality healthcare is inevitable in achieving reduction in fertility rate According to him many women tend to have many children as a result of fear of infant mortality which points to the gap in quality healthcare Understandably government should take aggressive steps in closing the gap in maternal and infant mortality through vaccinations and antenatal care This supports that girl and women education is fundamental to attaining human capital development or demographic dividend Certainly an educated girl or woman must know when to be pregnant and how many children to have and the facilities for infant vaccination to avert morbidities and mortalities Indicators at the recent launch of the revised National Population Policy bring to fore the country s quest to address high fertility rate as President Muhammadu Buhari s demonstrates the government s commitment to addressing fertility rate of the country by launching the Revised National Population Policy on Feb 3 2022 Dr Okai Aku Executive Director Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria PPFN expresses worry over Nigeria s low Contraceptive Prevalence Rate which is 12 per cent Aku advocates intensive expansion of access to modern contraceptive methods across the country to increase the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate Also Ms Margaret Edison Director Population Management National Population Commission NPC reiterates the urgency to address Nigeria s sustained high fertility rate through expanding access to modern family planning counselling and commodities as well as promote births spacing Edison who scores Rwanda high urges Nigeria to achieve rapid fertility control improve the health of women adolescents new born and children and other population groups to achieve demographic dividend She expresses the importance of investing in quality education of young people especially girls human capital development advancing holistic effort to achieve significant demographic transition The Chairman National Population Commission NPC Nasir Kwarra urges Nigerians to embrace the noble ideals of Planned Parenthood and healthy reproductive behaviours He highlights the imperatives of Rights and Choices as embedded in UNFPA s concept Bodily Autonomy which necessitates the urgency to shift the conversation from quantitative population to qualitative population According to him it is high time for Nigeria to harness her teeming 216 population from liability to asset by transforming the development landscape of the country The call to place emphasis on the people requires looking beyond the numbers to according attention to the profile and characteristics of the population Kwarra opines that such would be better explained by the age structure which shows the ratio of various age groups as a determining factor for the current and prospective fertility or reproductive status of the population As such focusing on numbers underplay the importance of Rights and Choices he says Kwarra like Mr Clement Agba Minister of State for Budget and National Planning affirms Nigeria s favourable demography He explains that the country s age structure favours young people those below the ages 30 years who make up over 70 per cent of Nigeria s population On the other hand Kwara says the current youthful age structure has the capacity to hold the momentum that would drive and sustain increase of the population growth into the future without immediate interventions Interventions through provision of quality and sustained investments in healthcare particularly in family planning for women and Adolescents Furthermore transformative and relevant education for growing numbers of children and young people that fit in into the present and future jobs requirements housing and decent employments across successive administrations and governance That good governance through ingenious and people oriented policies are critical elements in achieving Demographic Dividend is axiomatic Therefore introspectively the federal government in fact the three tiers of government in Nigeria should vehemently address the emerging population challenges with germane and productive policies to achieve Demographic Dividend Dr Natalia Kanem Executive Director UN Population Fund UNFPA has argued that Societies that invest in their people in their Rights and Choices have the proven that such investments create the road to enduring peace and prosperity everyone desires and deserves In line with this postulation Nigeria needs to harness her favourable demography and use as a catalyst for economic growth Nigeria is expected as matter of urgency to key into the scores of global Development plans to actually achieve their domestic desirable aspirations This miracle like the Asian Tigers will be tenable when millions who are of working age are engaged productively Therefore Nigeria at this juncture should vigorously pursue her National Development Plan of 2021 to 2025 to avert demographic disaster Efforts must be in top gear to achieve reduction in Total Fertility rate of current 5 3 per woman especially Adolescent fertility of 104 children per 1000 women Essentially economic and health analysts therefore are urging Nigeria to match their words with action by harnessing the youthful bulge to achieve Demographic Dividend In conclusion reduction in high mortality and morbidity rates for children and adolescent mothers with heavy investment in the health and reproductive education remain non negotiable in achieving Demographic Dividend In addition importantly girl child education should be considered national agenda both the at state and community levels in line with the UNFPA s transformative results of ending preventable maternal mortality Including unmet need for family planning as well as Gender Based Violence GBV and harmful practices for desirable healthy lives cum productive and healthy economy Nigerian political gladiators both at national and sub national levels should rise to the occasion by way of policy formulation implementation and monitoring to transition her youthful bulge from liability to asset NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Imperatives of paradigm shift in policies to achieve Demographic Dividend
     Evolving health cum economic emergencies clearly highlight the urgent need for countries like Nigeria to adopt economic policies that are new unusual achieveable and effective These will be aimed at accelerating improved human capital development productivity and optimal harnessing of Demographic Dividend Demographic Dividend according to the UN Population Fund UNFPA is the accelerated economic growth that may result from decline in a country s birth and death rates and the subsequent change in the age structure of the population Understandably it is an economic boom achieved when there is increase in productivity with increase in the working age of the population structure and lesser dependency ratio The trajectory of demographic dividend stems from economic boom of the four Asian Tigers namely Hong Kong Singapore South Korea and Taiwan whereby the Asian Tigers economies recovered strongly as the world revived from financial crisis The recovery according to Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji Federal Commissioner representing Oyo on National Population Commission NPC is highly attributable to government stimulus programmes in each region Oyetunji explains that the programmes resulted in greater than four per cent growth in the GDP of each country in 2009 To mitigate the socioeconomic among other challenges Nigeria is expected to rejig her economy A league of health and economic experts hence call on Nigeria to invest rightly on education and health Dr Dasogot Dashe of the UN Population Fund UNFPA says that for Nigeria to achieve demographic dividend sufficient investment must be made in education and health sectors of the country Describing education and health as the rallying point of most sectors of the economy Dashe says it is unfortunate that the two sectors are being neglected in terms of adequate funding He says education especially that of the girl child as well as health remain key in economic advancement of every nation According to him it is only when a girl child is educated that she can be knowledgeable about fertility reduction through family planning Consequently Dashe emphasises the need for government at all levels and all times to ensure the availability and accessibility of quality healthcare for her populace for human capital development Dr Olumide Okunola Senior Health Specialist World Bank identifies poor implementation and monitoring of policies as the major challenges impeding the country s achievement of demographic dividend According to Okunola global policies as Universal Basic Education UBE and Universal Health Coverage UHC must be domesticated practically and strictly in Nigeria to transit the country to enjoy demographic dividend The World Bank health specialist enthuses that the usual complacency on out of school children especially girls must be jettisoned and a policy of mandatory education for all especially girls adopted He expresses optimism on the impactful outcome of mandatory education for girls as having the potential to not just increase the country s productivity level but reduce fertility rate of Nigeria Making sure a girl stays longer in school at least from primary to secondary school will prevent child marriage It will also reduce fertility rate as well as reduce maternal mortality by educating the girl on her sexual and reproductive health rights Advocacies for right investment are also made by Mr Shubham Chaudhuri Country Director World Bank at different fora Chaudhuri faults the subsidy investment on Premium Motor Spirit PMS by Nigeria saying such huge amount of money should be invested in education and health He opines that government s policies are critical in either achieving demographic dividend or disaster hence Nigeria should embrace emphasis on beneficial economic roadmaps to attain sustainable development These policies should be vehemently and indeed practically pursued with uncompromising implementation and monitoring Also government should begin to interrogate the efficiency of global goals as UBE and UHC to ascertain its impact Nigeria as a matter of urgency should rise above arm chair policy formulation but strict implementation like the Asian Tigers Nigeria as the most populous country in Africa like the Asian Tigers should strive to achieve economic growth through exports and rapid industrialisation Therefore it is paramount for Nigeria to take advantage of its youthful bulge to drive productivity Nevertheless Nigeria has a favourable demography says Mr Clement Agba Minister of Budget and National Planning at the UN Population Fund s Validation of 9th Country Programme Document CPD for the span of 2023 to 2027 Agba asserts that the country with her youthful bulge has an active and productive population structure that is highly productive for attendant demographic dividend On his part Dr Ejike Oji Chairman Technical Management Committee Association for the Advancement of Family Planning in Nigeria AAFP identifies family planning as key to achieving sustainable development through harnessing of favourable demography Oji says that until Nigeria s fertility rate of 5 3 per woman is brought down minimally achieving demographic dividend would remain a mirage He explains that that access to quality healthcare is inevitable in achieving reduction in fertility rate According to him many women tend to have many children as a result of fear of infant mortality which points to the gap in quality healthcare Understandably government should take aggressive steps in closing the gap in maternal and infant mortality through vaccinations and antenatal care This supports that girl and women education is fundamental to attaining human capital development or demographic dividend Certainly an educated girl or woman must know when to be pregnant and how many children to have and the facilities for infant vaccination to avert morbidities and mortalities Indicators at the recent launch of the revised National Population Policy bring to fore the country s quest to address high fertility rate as President Muhammadu Buhari s demonstrates the government s commitment to addressing fertility rate of the country by launching the Revised National Population Policy on Feb 3 2022 Dr Okai Aku Executive Director Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria PPFN expresses worry over Nigeria s low Contraceptive Prevalence Rate which is 12 per cent Aku advocates intensive expansion of access to modern contraceptive methods across the country to increase the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate Also Ms Margaret Edison Director Population Management National Population Commission NPC reiterates the urgency to address Nigeria s sustained high fertility rate through expanding access to modern family planning counselling and commodities as well as promote births spacing Edison who scores Rwanda high urges Nigeria to achieve rapid fertility control improve the health of women adolescents new born and children and other population groups to achieve demographic dividend She expresses the importance of investing in quality education of young people especially girls human capital development advancing holistic effort to achieve significant demographic transition The Chairman National Population Commission NPC Nasir Kwarra urges Nigerians to embrace the noble ideals of Planned Parenthood and healthy reproductive behaviours He highlights the imperatives of Rights and Choices as embedded in UNFPA s concept Bodily Autonomy which necessitates the urgency to shift the conversation from quantitative population to qualitative population According to him it is high time for Nigeria to harness her teeming 216 population from liability to asset by transforming the development landscape of the country The call to place emphasis on the people requires looking beyond the numbers to according attention to the profile and characteristics of the population Kwarra opines that such would be better explained by the age structure which shows the ratio of various age groups as a determining factor for the current and prospective fertility or reproductive status of the population As such focusing on numbers underplay the importance of Rights and Choices he says Kwarra like Mr Clement Agba Minister of State for Budget and National Planning affirms Nigeria s favourable demography He explains that the country s age structure favours young people those below the ages 30 years who make up over 70 per cent of Nigeria s population On the other hand Kwara says the current youthful age structure has the capacity to hold the momentum that would drive and sustain increase of the population growth into the future without immediate interventions Interventions through provision of quality and sustained investments in healthcare particularly in family planning for women and Adolescents Furthermore transformative and relevant education for growing numbers of children and young people that fit in into the present and future jobs requirements housing and decent employments across successive administrations and governance That good governance through ingenious and people oriented policies are critical elements in achieving Demographic Dividend is axiomatic Therefore introspectively the federal government in fact the three tiers of government in Nigeria should vehemently address the emerging population challenges with germane and productive policies to achieve Demographic Dividend Dr Natalia Kanem Executive Director UN Population Fund UNFPA has argued that Societies that invest in their people in their Rights and Choices have the proven that such investments create the road to enduring peace and prosperity everyone desires and deserves In line with this postulation Nigeria needs to harness her favourable demography and use as a catalyst for economic growth Nigeria is expected as matter of urgency to key into the scores of global Development plans to actually achieve their domestic desirable aspirations This miracle like the Asian Tigers will be tenable when millions who are of working age are engaged productively Therefore Nigeria at this juncture should vigorously pursue her National Development Plan of 2021 to 2025 to avert demographic disaster Efforts must be in top gear to achieve reduction in Total Fertility rate of current 5 3 per woman especially Adolescent fertility of 104 children per 1000 women Essentially economic and health analysts therefore are urging Nigeria to match their words with action by harnessing the youthful bulge to achieve Demographic Dividend In conclusion reduction in high mortality and morbidity rates for children and adolescent mothers with heavy investment in the health and reproductive education remain non negotiable in achieving Demographic Dividend In addition importantly girl child education should be considered national agenda both the at state and community levels in line with the UNFPA s transformative results of ending preventable maternal mortality Including unmet need for family planning as well as Gender Based Violence GBV and harmful practices for desirable healthy lives cum productive and healthy economy Nigerian political gladiators both at national and sub national levels should rise to the occasion by way of policy formulation implementation and monitoring to transition her youthful bulge from liability to asset NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Imperatives of paradigm shift in policies to achieve Demographic Dividend
    General news2 months ago

    Imperatives of paradigm shift in policies to achieve Demographic Dividend

    Evolving health cum economic emergencies clearly highlight the urgent need for countries like Nigeria to adopt economic policies that are new, unusual, achieveable and effective.These will be aimed at accelerating improved human capital development, productivity and optimal harnessing of Demographic Dividend.Demographic Dividend, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), is the accelerated economic growth that may result from decline in a country’s birth and death rates and the subsequent change in the age structure of the population.Understandably, it is an economic boom achieved when there is increase in productivity with increase in the working age of the population structure and lesser dependency ratio.The trajectory of demographic dividend stems from economic boom of the four Asian Tigers namely Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan whereby the  Asian Tigers economies recovered strongly as the world revived from financial crisis.The recovery, according to Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji, Federal Commissioner representing Oyo on National Population Commission (NPC), is highly attributable  to government stimulus programmes in each region.Oyetunji explains that the programmes resulted in greater than four per cent growth in the GDP of each country in 2009. To mitigate the socioeconomic among other challenges, Nigeria is expected to rejig her economy.A league of health and economic experts hence call on Nigeria to invest rightly on education and health.Dr Dasogot Dashe of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) says that for Nigeria to achieve demographic dividend, sufficient investment must be made in education and health sectors of the country.Describing  education and health as the rallying point of most sectors of the economy, Dashe says it is  unfortunate that the two sectors are being neglected in terms of adequate funding.He says education, especially that of the girl-child, as well as health remain key in economic advancement of every nation.According to him, it is only when a girl-child is educated that she can be knowledgeable about fertility reduction through family planning.Consequently, Dashe emphasises the need for government at all levels and all times to ensure the availability and accessibility of quality healthcare for her populace for human capital development.Dr Olumide Okunola, Senior Health Specialist, World Bank, identifies poor implementation and monitoring of policies as the major challenges impeding the country’s achievement of demographic dividend.According to Okunola, global policies as Universal Basic Education (UBE) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) must be domesticated practically and strictly in Nigeria to transit the country to enjoy demographic dividend.The World Bank health specialist enthuses that the usual complacency on out of school children especially girls must be jettisoned and a policy of mandatory education for all especially girls adopted.He expresses optimism on the impactful outcome of mandatory education for girls as having the potential to not just increase the country’s productivity level but reduce fertility rate of Nigeria.“Making sure a girl stays longer in school at least from primary to secondary school will prevent child marriage.“It will also reduce fertility rate as well as reduce maternal mortality by educating the girl on her sexual and reproductive health rights.” Advocacies for right investment are also made by Mr Shubham Chaudhuri, Country Director World Bank at different fora.Chaudhuri faults the subsidy investment on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) by Nigeria, saying such huge amount of money should be invested in education and health.He opines that government’s policies are critical in either achieving demographic dividend or disaster, hence Nigeria should embrace emphasis on beneficial economic roadmaps to attain sustainable development.These policies should be vehemently and indeed practically pursued with uncompromising implementation and monitoring.Also, government should begin to interrogate the efficiency of global goals as UBE and UHC to ascertain its impact.“Nigeria as a matter of urgency should rise above arm chair policy formulation but strict implementation like the Asian Tigers.“Nigeria, as the most populous country in Africa like the Asian Tigers, should strive to achieve economic growth through exports and rapid industrialisation.“Therefore, it is paramount for Nigeria to take advantage of its youthful bulge to drive productivity.” Nevertheless, Nigeria has a favourable demography, says Mr Clement Agba, Minister of Budget and National Planning, at the UN Population Fund’s Validation of 9th Country Programme Document (CPD) for the span of 2023 to 2027. Agba asserts that the country, with her youthful bulge, has an active and productive population structure that is highly productive for attendant demographic dividend.On his part, Dr Ejike Oji, Chairman Technical Management Committee Association for the Advancement of Family Planning in Nigeria (AAFP), identifies family planning as key to achieving sustainable development through harnessing of favourable demography.Oji says that until Nigeria’s fertility rate of 5.3 per woman is brought down minimally, achieving demographic dividend would remain a mirage.He explains that that access to quality healthcare is inevitable in achieving reduction in fertility rate.According to him, many women tend to have many children as a result of fear of infant mortality which points to the gap in quality healthcare.Understandably, government should take aggressive steps in closing the gap in maternal and infant mortality through vaccinations and antenatal care.This supports that girl and women education is fundamental to attaining human capital development or demographic dividend.Certainly, an educated girl or woman must know when to be pregnant and how many children to have and the facilities for infant vaccination to avert morbidities and mortalities.Indicators at the recent launch of the revised National Population Policy bring to fore the country’s quest to address high fertility rate, as President Muhammadu Buhari’s demonstrates the government’s commitment to addressing fertility rate of the country by launching the Revised National Population Policy on Feb. 3, 2022 .Dr Okai Aku, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN), expresses worry over Nigeria’s low Contraceptive Prevalence Rate which is 12 per cent.Aku advocates intensive expansion of access to modern contraceptive methods across the country to increase the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate. Also, Ms Margaret Edison, Director, Population Management, National Population Commission (NPC),  reiterates the urgency to address Nigeria’s sustained high fertility rate, through expanding access to modern family planning, counselling and commodities as well as promote births spacing.Edison, who scores Rwanda high, urges Nigeria to achieve rapid fertility control, improve the health of women, adolescents, new born and children, and other population groups to achieve demographic dividend.She expresses the importance of investing in quality education of young people especially girls, human capital development, advancing holistic effort to achieve significant demographic transition.The Chairman, National Population Commission (NPC), Nasir Kwarra, urges Nigerians to embrace the noble ideals of Planned Parenthood and healthy reproductive behaviours.He highlights the imperatives of “Rights and Choices” as embedded in UNFPA’s concept  “Bodily Autonomy”  which necessitates the urgency to shift the conversation from quantitative population to qualitative population.According to him, it is high time for Nigeria to harness her teeming 216 population from liability to asset by transforming the development landscape of the country.“The call to place emphasis on the people requires looking beyond the numbers to according attention to the profile and characteristics of the population..” Kwarra opines that such would be better explained by the age structure which shows the ratio of various age groups as a determining factor for the current and prospective fertility or reproductive status of the population.As such, focusing on numbers underplay the importance of “Rights and Choices”, he says.Kwarra like Mr Clement Agba, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, affirms Nigeria’s favourable demography.He explains that the country’s age structure favours young people, those below the ages 30 years who make up over 70 per cent of Nigeria’s population On the other hand, Kwara says the current youthful age structure has the capacity to hold the momentum that would drive and sustain increase of the population growth into the future without immediate interventions.Interventions through provision of quality and sustained investments in healthcare particularly in family planning for women and Adolescents.Furthermore, transformative and relevant education for growing numbers of children and young people that fit in into the present and future jobs requirements, housing and decent employments across successive administrations and governance.That good governance through ingenious and people oriented policies are critical elements in achieving Demographic Dividend is axiomatic.Therefore, introspectively, the federal government, in fact the three tiers of government in Nigeria should vehemently address the emerging population challenges with germane and productive policies to achieve Demographic Dividend.Dr Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has argued that “Societies that invest in their people, in their Rights and Choices, have the proven that such investments create the road to enduring peace and prosperity everyone desires and deserves.” In line with this postulation, Nigeria needs to harness her favourable demography and use as a catalyst for economic growth.Nigeria is expected as matter of urgency to key into the scores of global Development plans to actually achieve their domestic desirable aspirations.This “miracle”, like the Asian Tigers, will be tenable when millions who are of working age are engaged productively Therefore, Nigeria at this juncture should vigorously pursue her National Development Plan of 2021 to 2025 to avert demographic disaster.Efforts must be in top gear to achieve reduction in Total Fertility rate of current 5.3 per woman especially Adolescent fertility of 104 children per 1000 women.Essentially, economic and health analysts therefore are urging Nigeria to match their words with action by harnessing the youthful bulge to achieve Demographic Dividend.In conclusion, reduction in high mortality and morbidity rates for children and adolescent mothers with heavy investment in the health and reproductive education remain non negotiable in achieving Demographic Dividend.In addition, importantly, girl child education should be considered national agenda both the at state and community levels in line with the UNFPA’s transformative results of ending preventable maternal mortality.Including unmet need for family planning as well as Gender Based Violence (GBV) and harmful practices for desirable healthy lives cum productive and healthy economy.Nigerian political gladiators both at national and sub-national levels should rise to the occasion by way of policy formulation, implementation and monitoring to transition her youthful bulge from liability to asset.NewsSourceCredit: NAN