The United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) has issued a warning that 250 million Nigerians will plunge into poverty in the coming years if the federal government fails to invest in healthcare and education.
Ms Ulla Mueller, UNFPA Country Representative, said this in Abuja on Monday, Nov. 21, during a parliamentary summit to fast track Nigeria’s demographic transition.
She said: “The imperative we have is to take actions now, in a world of 8 billion people, in a country that in a very few years will be the third most populous in the world, there could be 250 million people that could feel sense of opportunities and possibilities, but with the wrong investment, there could be 250 million people living in increased poverty and increased insecurity.
“We have to record this. To do that without family planning, there’ll be no universal health and demographic transition.”