By Ben Agande
Kaduna – THE Rotary Club of Kaduna has warned that unless more Nigerians adhere to child spacing, the country’s population could hit 400 million by 2050.
Speaking in Kaduna to mark the World Population Day, the President of Kaduna Rotary Club, Rotarian Momoh Omokhigho, lamented that the country is already being weighed down by several socio-economic woes by its current population.
This year’s World Population Day is held under theme, ‘Family Planning is a Human Right’.
According to the Rotarian President, 86 million Nigerians out of an estimated population of 200 million people are living in poverty with poverty growing exponentially.
“To set the tone for this year’s event, let us ponder on the maternal mortality ratio which is 8.21 deaths per 1000 live births”, he said. Infant mortality ratio is 29 deaths per 1000 live births, and housing deficit in Nigeria is about 17 million units. About 10 million children are currently out of school, just as between 65-75 million Nigerians are illiterates.
“While religious and cultural practices are challenges in discussing matters on right number of children and spacing, the current reality is that we must defuse this ticking time bomb”.