Nigeria joins rest of the world to declare family planning human right

Nigeria joins rest of the world to declare family planning human right

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Nigeria has declared family planning as human right.

The declaration implies that socio-cultural issues such as cultures and practices that hitherto inhibited couples, especially women from making informed choices on reproductive health, would have to give way.

At a briefing to commemorate 2018 World Population Day in Abuja on Monday July 9, Chairman, National Population Commission, Eze Duruiheoma said making family planning a right would promote the health of families, especially mothers and children.

He said by extension, the wellbeing of the nation would be guaranteed, including its economic prosperity.

Nigeria has increased the pace at which it supports family planning in recent years, working with partners, such as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) among others to help families plan their lives.

The partners featured prominently, especially the UNFPA, at the briefing of this year’s World Population Day.

Duruiheoma said while addressing newsmen: “26 years after, during the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, the declaration was reaffirmed, but with a rider ‘and to have the information and means to do so and to ensure informed choices and make available a full range of safe and effective methods. The ICPD Programme of Action (PoA) allows the right to be exercised by all couples and individuals.

“As a signatory to both declarations, this day provides an opportunity for us as a nation to reflect on efforts made over the five decades to empower the relevant population groups to exercise this right. Basic right to reproductive choices encompasses two other human rights. right to information about and access to contraception, education and the means to determine the number and spacing of children, and right to decide freely the number and spacing of children without any coercion or compulsion and discrimination.

“The extent to which this right is promised and exercised explains the impact of fertility on the social wellbeing of the population, particularly of women, adolescent girls/young people and infants.

“Nigeria’s population has increased significantly, from 56 million in 1952 to 898.9 million in 1991, reached 140 million in 2006 and with an annual growth rate of 3.2 percent (derived at 2006 Population and Housing Census), currently is estimated at over 198 million. In addition, the United Nations predicts (based on medium variant) that the population will each 264 million by 2030, and 2050 will become the 3rd most populous nation in the world at 410 million. If the current growth rate persists, will in 2100 reach 794 million.

 

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