According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), if the Federal Government of Nigeria does not invest in healthcare and education, about 250 million Nigerians will live in poverty.
Ms. Ulla Mueller, the UNFPA Country Representative, made the disclosure on Monday in Abuja at a parliamentary meeting to accelerate Nigeria’s demographic transition.
She stressed that in a world of 8 billion people, in a country that will soon be the third most populous in the world, there could be 250 million people who could feel a sense of opportunities and possibilities. She argued that the country must act now.
According to her, 250 million people could experience increased poverty and insecurity if the wrong investments were made.
The Country Representative said, “We have to record this. To do that without family planning, there’ll be no universal health and demographic transition.”
Nasir Isa Kwarra, Chairman of the National Population Commission, was of the opinion that each country must first meet a number of requirements, beginning with a rapid and rapid decline in fertility, in order to allow for a sufficient demographic transition to allow for economic transformation.