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Advocacy Group Harps On Family Planning To Achieve Millennium Development Goals



A group operating under the aegis of Advocacy Network of Nigeria (ANN) has warned that the aims and objectives of the Millennium Development Goals may not be achievable without proper implementation and acceptance of family planning by Nigerians.

The group’s chairman, Sheikh Salahudeen Busari while speaking during advocacy programme held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Correspondents’ Chapel, Ibadan, Oyo State, said the provision of basic amenities like free education, free health services,  housing might not be possible without proper control of the population.

He said other countries of the world have been able to control their population to make life more meaningful for their citizens.

According to him, if the federal government can effectively control the population, the problem of unemployment in the country would be reduced drastically if not totally eliminated.

“If we intend to have basic amenities of life, Nigerians Should be prepared to embrace family planning.  Individually, we can help to control our family.

“All hands must be on deck to embrace family planning with a view to having a proper nurtured family, our society will be better for it.

“The Millennium Development Goals are not achievable without family planning. It is relevant to any development”, he said.

He explained that the problem with Nigeria was that Nigerians were founding it difficult if not impossible to control the population to meet the people’s yearnings and aspirations.

While noting that family planning has to do with well-being of the people, he said Nigerians have to embrace it.

Salaudeen who lamented the high of mortally maternity as a result of frequent pregnancies, late pregnancies and too many pregnancies, said family planning is the solution.

He explained that the purpose of the advocacy was to intimate the media on the current state of affairs as regards family planning especially as it concerns the success story of rise in contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) in Oyo State that makes it to be on top of other states in Nigeria as reported at the floor of the last National Family Planning Conference, which was held at Abuja.

Earlier, the group’s secretary, Mrs. Adeniran Adeagbo noted that the problem with Nigerians was lack of knowledge about family planning and stressed the need for collaboration and support of the media to achieve better result in family planning.