Sokoto’s population boom dangerous – Don
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.