Peace Corps of Nigeria to ad­dress UN on pop­u­la­tion, de­vel­op­ment

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL - By Romoke W. Ah­m­mad

Peace Corps of Nigeria will be ad­dress­ing the 47th ses­sion of the United Na­tions on pop­u­la­tion and de­vel­op­ment in New York to­day as an af­fil­i­ate of the eco­nomic and so­cial af­fairs of the United Na­tions (ECOSOC).

The na­tional com­man­dant, Am­bas­sador Dick­son Akoh, dis­closed this on Sun­day in Abuja while de­part­ing for New York with four other of­fi­cers of the corps.

Speak­ing on the theme of the meet­ing which is ‘as­sess­ment of the sta­tus of im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­gramme of ac­tion of the in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence on pop­u­la­tion and de­vel­op­ment’, Akoh said Nigeria in spite of its huge pop­u­la­tion shows a lot of dis­par­ity be­tween in­fras­truc­tural and hu­man de­vel­op­ment.

“Nigeria placed more em­pha­sis on in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment while hu­man de­vel­op­ment is aban­doned and this may spell doom for Nigeria if noth­ing is done to close the gap be­tween in­fras­truc­tural and hu­man de­vel­op­ment with the pace its pop­u­la­tion is grow­ing,” he said.

He added that his group will ad­vo­cate for the en­cour­age­ment of the de­vel­op­ing na­tions to make both in­fras­truc­tural and hu­man de­vel­op­ment top pri­or­i­ties say­ing when that is done, the world can then over­come the chal­lenges over pop­u­la­tion is pos­ing at it.

The con­fer­ence which Akoh de­scribed as an av­enue of shar­ing ideas with dif­fer­ent coun­tries and NGOs in at­ten­dance will af­ford them the op­por­tu­nity to make con­tri­bu­tion and also learn from other pre­sen­ters.

He promised to do­mes­ti­cate the same ad­vo­cacy, what Nigeria should do right and how things ought to be for the coun­try’s ben­e­fit. Re­spond­ing to ques­tion on chal­lenges of cen­sus in Nigeria, Akoh is of the view that prac­ti­cal com­mit­ment to get cen­sus’ fig­ure right is para­mount.

“We have poli­cies that have to do with cen­sus is­sue but the com­mit­ment on the part of those who go to field, the sen­si­ti­za­tion and en­light­en­ment as­pect are lack­ing be­cause when the last cen­sus was held most people didn’t come out be­cause it means noth­ing to them. Our prob­lem in Nigeria is how to holis­ti­cally im­ple­ment govern­ment laud­able poli­cies. Ones those who are charged with that re­spon­si­bil­ity are hon­est and show gen­uine com­mit­ment we will over­come such chal­lenges,” he said.

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