Nigeria’s fertility rate of 5.7 – 1,000 not sustainable for economic growth

Nigeria’s fertility rate of 5.7 – 1,000 and an average one woman has about 5.5 childrenis not sustainable for economic growth. Times are hard. Resources are limited. Families must look for ways and means on how to reduce the number of children, the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zaina Ahmed has said.
Responding to concerns over the the unfettered population growth and the estimates 450 million population by 2050 and that the federal government has identified the high population growth rate as a risk factor , while preparing the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

She spoke at the Public Consultation with the media, Civil Society Organisations, Organised Private Sector and the Public on the 2018-2020 Medium Term Economic Framewrok (MTEF), in Abuja, Thursday. Her words, “We can see that population growth is clearly higher than economic growth.

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Godwin Okafor is a financial journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and the Founder Naija247news Media Ltd He has over 16 experiences in journalism, which cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career in Business Day, Where he was a senior editorial graphic artist, before he left to start Naija247news, An Online Financial Newspaper in 2010. He has won series of awards and he is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of and also sits on the board of Students In Business Awards, (SIBA).


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