World population day 2019: Nigeria’s population is 190 million and not 201 million-NPC

World population day is usually commemorated on 11 of July, annually. An offspring of the interest generated by day of five billion observed on 11 July 1987. The day which was eventually established in 1989 by the United nations development programme governing council focuses attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.

This years theme tagged “25 years of ICPD: Accelerating the promise” looks at the Cairo plan of 1994. The Cairo plan translates to the international conference on population and development held in Cairo, Egypt on 5 to 13th September 1994 under the auspices of the United nations. Its Programme of Action (PFA) was remarkable in its recognition that reproductive health and rights as well as women empowerment and gender equality are corner stone of population and development programmes. The United nations development programme in fostering its objective has partnered with different countries in tackling varying population issues and Nigeria is not left out.

Following the Cairo plan of 1994, Nigeria’s national population commission while commemorating 2019 world population during a press conference presented the successes recorded so far. The acting chairman, National population commission, Yusuf Mohammed Anka in his address, said ” the Cairo summit paradigm shift that adopted visionary programme of Action and agreed that putting people first, empowering women and enabling people to freely decide the timing and spacing of their pregnancies would clear the way to sustainable development.

Adding that This year’s theme is therefore to celebrate that remarkable proposition and to raise awareness about how choices and opportunities have changed for girls and women. Meanwhile the director general NPC, Dr Ghaji Ismail Bello has said that Nigeria’s Population is 190 million and not 201 million as given by the UNFPA emphasizing that it was based on assumption. Also the chairman civil registration and vital statistics committee NPC, Dr Tayo Oyetunji while lending his voice on issues raised, said the problem is not the population but the quality of the population. Emphasising on the issues of child spacing and instill skills to develope the younger generation which make up forty percent of the population thereby promoting demographic dividend and avoiding crisis in the future.

According to successes recorded and made available to news men: In 1994 only about 15% of maied women in the least developed countries used modern contraceptive Today 37, do In Nigeria.4% used in 1990 but today 12% do. (The 2018 Nigeria Demography and Health Survey) Similarly, 25 year ago 1000 women died during pregnancy ago childbirth out of/100,000. Today, the rate has been cut by half. In Nigeria, Maternal Mortality Rate has dropped from 1.500 per 100,000 in 199 to in 2013.(2013.NDHS). 

There are other remarkable improvement in our National Statistics which are laudable:
A woman had 6 children in 1990 but today has about 5 children.
. Skilled antenatal care increased from 57% in 1990 to 67% in 2018
. Skilled birth attendancer oved from 31% in 1990 to 43% in 2018.
Female Genital Mutilation decreased from 29.6% in 2008 to 25%in 2013.
Unmet needs in Family Planning among married women was 22% in 1990 to 576 and 19% in 2018.
Despite this success, NPC said, Nigeria is still lagging behind in meeting the Cairo commitment.

World population day is usually commemorated on 11 of July, annually. An offspring of the interest generated by day of five billion observed on 11 July 1987. The day which was eventually established in 1989 by the United nations development programme governing council focuses attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.

This years theme tagged “25 years of ICPD: Accelerating the promise” looks at the Cairo plan of 1994. The Cairo plan translates to the international conference on population and development held in Cairo, Egypt on 5 to 13th September 1994 under the auspices of the United nations. Its Programme of Action (PFA) was remarkable in its recognition that reproductive health and rights as well as women empowerment and gender equality are corner stone of population and development programmes. The United nations development programme in fostering its objective has partnered with different countries in tackling varying population issues and Nigeria is not left out.

Following the Cairo plan of 1994, Nigeria’s national population commission while commemorating 2019 world population during a press conference presented the successes recorded so far. The acting chairman, National population commission, Yusuf Mohammed Anka in his address, said ” the Cairo summit paradigm shift that adopted visionary programme of Action and agreed that putting people first, empowering women and enabling people to freely decide the timing and spacing of their pregnancies would clear the way to sustainable development.

Adding that This year’s theme is therefore to celebrate that remarkable proposition and to raise awareness about how choices and opportunities have changed for girls and women. Meanwhile the director general NPC, Dr Ghaji Ismail Bello has said that Nigeria’s Population is 190 million and not 201 million as given by the UNFPA emphasizing that it was based on assumption. Also the chairman civil registration and vital statistics committee NPC, Dr Tayo Oyetunji while lending his voice on issues raised, said the problem is not the population but the quality of the population. Emphasising on the issues of child spacing and instill skills to develope the younger generation which make up forty percent of the population thereby promoting demographic dividend and avoiding crisis in the future.

According to successes recorded and made available to news men: In 1994 only about 15% of maied women in the least developed countries used modern contraceptive Today 37, do In Nigeria.4% used in 1990 but today 12% do. (The 2018 Nigeria Demography and Health Survey) Similarly, 25 year ago 1000 women died during pregnancy ago childbirth out of/100,000. Today, the rate has been cut by half. In Nigeria, Maternal Mortality Rate has dropped from 1.500 per 100,000 in 199 to in 2013.(2013.NDHS). 

There are other remarkable improvement in our National Statistics which are laudable:
A woman had 6 children in 1990 but today has about 5 children.
. Skilled antenatal care increased from 57% in 1990 to 67% in 2018
. Skilled birth attendancer oved from 31% in 1990 to 43% in 2018.
Female Genital Mutilation decreased from 29.6% in 2008 to 25%in 2013.
Unmet needs in Family Planning among married women was 22% in 1990 to 576 and 19% in 2018.
Despite this success, NPC said, Nigeria is still lagging behind in meeting the Cairo commitment.

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