The National Population Commission (NPC) says the focus of the 2016 World Population Day will be “Investing in teenage girls”.
Ghaji Bello, the Director-General, NPC, made this known on Tuesday in Abuja at the opening of a stakeholder’s preparatory meeting for this year’s celebration.
He said the importance of the girl child in achieving the much desired demographic dividend and sustainable development in Nigeria underscored the centrality of this year’s celebration.
Bello said teenage girls had also been identified as important actors for achieving the 2030 agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The director-general implored stakeholders to use the opportunity to sensitise Nigerians on investing in the various aspects of their lives.
On his part, the Head, Population Management Unit, Docminic Azuokwu, said discussions would be centred on issues surrounding the theme as it affects the environment and Nigerian social formation.
In a report, the World Population Day is celebrated on July 11 annually to mark the bulging world population with its socio-economic, political, technological and environmental problems.
Some of the stakeholders driving the process include UNFPA, civil society organisations promoting reproductive health and population issues, lawyers, security agencies and the media.