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FCTA Urges Residents To Embrace Family Planning

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has called on residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to embrace family planning initiative so that they could give birth to the number of children they can train.

Speaking during a sensitisation programme on the importance of family planning in Abuja at the weekend, acting secretary for Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Alhaji Musa Abdulraheem, noted that the present insecurity in the country could be related to lack of family planning.

Abdulraheem pointed out that without family planning, Nigeria, as a country, might not contain Nigerians, because many families would find it difficult to train their children.

“Without family planning, I am sure Nigeria will not contain all of us, because if everybody goes around making children without planning, most families would find it difficult to train their children. And once you cannot train your children, you know the consequences.

All these cases of insecurity, such as kidnapping, terrorism and banditry in the country can be related parents not being able to cope with the number of children they have. So family planning is what we should all encourage and embrace.”

He maintained that the administration would continue to support family planning programme, as it impacts on maternal morbidity and mortality, adding the administration has equally been funding family planning activities through budgetary provisions and special World Bank programme, ‘Save One Million Lives programme.’

Also speaking, director of reproductive health in the federal ministry of health, Kayode Afolabi, called on Nigerians to ensure that each family gives birth to the number of children it can manage successfully.

Represented by Mrs. Temitope Bombata, Afolabi noted that one of the major challenges facing Nigeria at the moment is lack of family planning, just as he called on women and young girls to continue to champion the cause of family planning in the country.

Highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of awards and certificates to over 80 family planning champions and service providers in the FCT, for their contributions to family planning initiative in the territory.

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