The United States government has warned that unless the federal government takes remedial measures, the impending population explosion which will place the country’s population at 400 million by 2050 will create more problems than opportunities for the country in future.
The United States Deputy Chief of Mission in Nigeria, Mr. David Young, raised the alarm in Kaduna at a forum with members of Sir Kashim Ibrahim Fellows at Government House in the state capital.
According to him, Nigeria’s projected 400 million population by 2050, may come without commensurate amenities and human capital to sustain it, and will, therefore, become a challenge than an opportunity for the country.
He advised the government to focus attention on human capital development, health, education and curbing of corruption to the barest minimum.
“We are in Kaduna to speak to young people who are the future leaders of the country. As we have discussed, the challenge in 2050 for Nigeria are both opportunities and challenges, particularly with the great population that is coming.
”By 2050, Nigeria will have over 400 million people. I think it’s very important to face these challenges; investing in the people, the leaders of the future is really important.
”I think all Nigerians recognize that addressing the issue of corruption is very important to be able to free up funds to invest in education, health for the future leaders of this country,” he emphasised.
In his remarks, Governor Nasir El-rufai said his administration was already mindful of the rising population growth, and has started introducing sustainable development programmes and policies that are geared towards developing human capital and infrastructure.