Sokoto’s pop­u­la­tion boom dan­ger­ous – Don

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Abubakar Auwal, Sokoto

The pop­u­la­tion boom in Sokoto State could lead to a doom in the near­est fu­ture if care is not taken, Pro­fes­sor Muham­mad Iliya of Us­manu Dan­fodiyo Uni­ver­sity, Sokoto has said.

He stated this in a pa­per ti­tled, ‘Sta­tus, Prospects and Chal­lenges of De­mo­graphic Div­i­dend in Sokoto State,’ at a one-day sen­si­ti­za­tion work­shop or­gan­ised by the state Min­istry of Bud­get and Eco­nomic Plan­ning in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the United Na­tions Pop­u­la­tion Fund, for pol­icy mak­ers in the state.

Prof Iliya noted that pop­u­la­tion in the state was char­ac­ter­ized by high rate of chil­dren, the young and women aged 12 and 18 years who were not get­ting max­i­mum self-devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

He ex­pressed fear that there would be a se­ri­ous chal­lenge to man­power devel­op­ment and util­i­sa­tion both now and in the fu­ture.

Prof Iliya said 95.3 per­cent of women of re­pro­duc­tive age had home de­liv­ery and only 4.4 per­cent de­liv­ered at health fa­cil­i­ties, rec­om­mend­ing that ac­cel­er­ated efforts to im­prove ma­ter­nal and child health be made by the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

Gov­er­nor Aminu Waziri Tam­buwal, who was rep­re­sented by the Head of Ser­vice, Dr. Buhari Bello Kware, said his govern­ment was com­mit­ted to di­rect­ing the en­er­gies of its pro­duc­tive pop­u­la­tion in ar­eas where the state had com­par­a­tive ad­van­tage.

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