While many countries have already harnessed demographic dividend, Nigeria, among other Africa countries, still lag behind, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), has said.UNFPA disclosed that the population of the world has doubled in the last 43 years, moving from 3.6 billion in 1969 to 7.7 billion in 2019.
Speaking at the UNFPA /Private Sector Celebration at 50 in Lagos, recently, UNFPA Representative in Nigeria, Dr. Eugene Kongnyuy, said Nigeria got into the track of possibly harnessing demographic dividend in 2003, following a study by the University of Ibadan, but didn’t progress much.
Stressing the need for a change in population structure, Kongnyuy canvassed more investments in health, education, entrepreneurship and job creation, and good governance for Nigeria to finally harness demographic dividend in the coming years.
In a World Population Prospect released by the UN on Monday, the medium-variant projection indicates that the global population could grow to around 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050, and 10.9 billion in 2100.The data also shows that males outnumber females in Nigeria, and the world as a whole, negating the popular belief that women outnumber men in the West African country.
Nigeria is estimated to have 200,964,000 by mid-year 2019, with 99,132,000 million females and 101,832,000 males.
Speaking on Nigeria fully harnessing the dividend of democracy, he said: “I believe the government is fully aware, two years ago, the vice president launched the national road map for harnessing demographic dividend in Nigeria.
“In that roadmap, it clearly defines what will be done for Nigeria to harness the dividend. In summary, you have health, maternal and child mortality is drastically reduced, that young people are fully educated, and that there are enough jobs and that they have the skills to create jobs for themselves. In that roadmap there is a clear step that needs to be done and the government has started doing some of them.”
Earlier, Head of Sustainability, Access Bank Plc, Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan, urged the private sector in collaboration with government and development partners to recognise the potential of young people and harness their strength towards sustainable development through mentoring and more internship opportunities.
She said if properly funded and harnessed, Nigeria’s population, which is more of youth, can facilitate sustainable development, hence the bank’s commitment to the growth and development of this segment of the population.
Also speaking, Programme Director, Hacey Health Initiatives, Isaiah Owolabi, called on the government to see demographic dividend as a major opportunity for Nigeria owing to its large youth population size, while urging them to take advantage of it by investing in young people for life time economic return.
“Statistics and facts have shown that when a country invests in young people, there will be increase in productivity and improve healthcare for all.“Also, we need to realise that the rate we are growing, we may not be able to cater for it in the future, so it is important that to grow our population sustainably, we need to watch the fertility and birth rate in the country,” Owolabi said.
“We need to get more people educated especially our girls because when girls are educated, pregnancy is being delayed for them to go through school,” he added. Owolabi called for multi-sectorial approach to drive policies sustainably that will make Nigeria benefit from its large population size.
“Everybody has to come together to deliver sustainable solutions and drive development that is inclusive that will be find useful in the next 50 years to come,” he said.
Call me “SORITOPAITOMAFIA” because I have metamorphosed into Hip-hop Rap – PMAN GOSPEL RAP
Olaniyi, Oluwapelumi a known gospel rap artist signed under the musical label of PREM FILMS INTERNATIONAL named PREM Gospel Music Label (PGML) has made it known to Gistrace Media that he has ported from being a gospel rap artist into being a Hip-hop Rap Man accompanied with street vibes.
The crooner of the hit single “Baba Mi” which was the rave of the moment in the previous year while having a chit-chat with Gistrace media claimed the reasons for his actions are personal.
Presently, his new stage name is Pman Rhap with the slogan “soritopaitomafia” and he claimed he is currently unsigned to any record label.
Arsenal complete David Luiz transfer from Chelsea
Arsenal have completed the signing of David Luiz from Chelsea in an £8million deal.
The Brazilian defender has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the Gunners after he expressed his desire to move across London.
Luiz only penned a new two-year contract at Stamford Bridge earlier this year, having impressed under Maurizio Sarri last
But after being an unused substitute in last weekend’s final pre-season friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach, he feared being only a bit-part player under new boss Frank
Thus, after issues at the club’s Cobham training base earlier this week, Lampard gave the green light to letting Luiz depart.
Luiz did not train with the Chelsea first team on Wednesday before he finalised his move across London.
He will wear the Jersey number 23 for the upcoming season.
Everton Confirm Capture of Arsenal Winger Alex Iwobi on 5-Year Deal
Everton have confirmed the signing of Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi on a five-year deal, after the Nigeria international agreed personal terms with the club.
Iwobi, who rose through the youth ranks at the Emirates and joined the first team squad in 2015, played 149 times for the Gunners, scoring 15 goals and contributing 27 assists largely from the flank.
✍️ Signed, sealed, delivered!
— Everton (@Everton) August 8, 2019
And, in a statement on their official website, the Merseyside club confirmed: “Alex Iwobi has signed for Everton from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee after agreeing a five-year deal until the end of June 2024.
“Meanwhile, Everton boss Marco Silva explained: “Alex was one of our main targets for this window and I believe he is a fantastic signing for Everton. He is a direct and skilful winger and attacking midfielder who always works very hard for his team.
“He is still young but already with a lot of top-level experience – 100 Premier League matches, more in Europe and many international games.
“It was important for me to have one more quality option for our attacking positions to add to what we have with Richarlison, Bernard and Theo Walcott.
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