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US ISSUES WARNING OVER NIGERIA’S INCREASING POPULATION

United States Deputy Chief of Mission in Nigeria, Mr David Young in a forum at Kaduna State raise alarm about the nation’s increasing population.

Young disclosed that unless Nigeria takes curative measures, the impending population explosion, expected to be 400 million by 2050, “will create more problems than opportunities for the country in future.”

The increase in population may come without proportionate amenities to help sustain it and will lead to challenge rather that opportunity.

According to Young, government should focus attention on human capital development, health, education and curbing corruption to the lowest level.

“I think all Nigerians recognise that addressing the issue of corruption is very important to be able to free up the funds to invest in education and health for the future leaders of this country.”

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai in response said his administration is already mindful of the increasing population, stating that the state government has introduced sustainable development programmes and policies that are geared towards developing human capital and infrastructure.

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