By Francis Nansak
The Nasarawa State Coordinator on Family Planning, Mrs Salome Vincent, has revealed that about 123 million women globally do not have access to contraceptives, especially those from developing countries.
She disclosed this at a 3-day capacity building on media content development, in Lafia.
The capacity building was organized by Pathfinder International, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO).
Mrs Vincent further stressed that lack of awareness and advocacy on family planning has contributed in impoverishing the country.
According to her, Nigeria can demonstrate considerable effort to achieving rapid economic development by taking effective family planning policy.
Mrs Vincent added that fertility declined can help some family out of poverty and that in economic terms fertility decline also slower population growth.
” If Nigeria will continue without check on fertility rate and not curtailed it ,our population will be double by the year 2040
” High rate of fertility can affect education, economy and agricultural developments, as well as underdevelop a nation,” she stressed.
Mrs Vincent further highlighted that family planning has enormous benefits that can help a mother regain health, give love and attention to her husband and as well as reduce maternal and infant mortality.
She urged government to ensure prompt released of funds for the conduct of FP activities.
Earlier, the Media and Communication Officer, Pathfinder International, Somto Atuanya, said Pathfinder is driven by the conviction that all people regardless of where they live have the right to decide where and when to have children.
According to her, advocacy initiative comprising civil society and government officials is key, adding that Pathfinder International have worked in about 12 states in Nigeria on advocacy support.
Mrs Somto, therefore, called on all stakeholders to support policies that promote family planning.