Governor Godwin Obaseki has called on world leaders to take decisive action to ensure developmental efforts meet and surpass the pace of population growth in order to reduce inequality and engender inclusive growth across the world.
Obaseki, who said this in commemoration of the World Population Day marked every July 11, noted that growing population shouldn’t be seen as a curse but a challenge for developing countries to articulate innovative pathways that would drive inclusive and sustainable development.
“The World Population Day reminds us of the need to be circumspect in a number of policy issues, especially as it affects population growth and its implications for economic development and social cohesion.
“On a day like this, it is imperative to make the case for Planned Parenthood and family planning to ensure that the world’s population doesn’t become untamable,” he said.
Noting that this year’s theme: ‘Family Planning is Human Right’, makes it imperative for families to determine the size and spacing of their children, the governor said it behooves on government to provide structures for individuals to dream and actualise their dreams.
“Due to its economic implications, growing population has been a double blessing for developing countries, such that many are still grappling to articulate policies to manage the growth and the attendant socio-political as well as economic fallouts of a bulging population.
“However, we cannot wish away the significance of human life. Hence, even as the debate and policy actions are tweaked to contain population growth, governments and world leaders should take critical actions to ensure that development meets needs of people, in such a way that they would be assured of support structures to carve out their destinies and live happy, fulfilled lives.”
The governor said the state government had undertaken a number of development initiatives to help in delivery of affordable, accessible healthcare, quality basic education and expand the space for wealth creation so as to deepen inclusive growth and development.
He added that the state government would not relent in its efforts in industrialising the state, attracting investments to open up new vistas for economic expansion and deepen reforms to ensure that people have opportunities to express themselves and earn decent wages.