Nigerian govt to limit number of children per mother

Nigerian govt to limit number of children per mother

The Federal Government has said it is working on a policy that will put a ceiling to the number of children a mother can have in the country.

The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed stated this on Tuesday at one of the sessions of the 24th Nigeria Economic Summit in Abuja, adding that traditional rulers and other leaders across the country were being engaged as regards this.

The minister also said the move was aimed at addressing one of the “great challenges” in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the Federal Government.

According to the minister, the country’s population had been identified as one of the great challenges confronting the successful implementation of the ERGP.

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She said: “We have been engaging traditional rulers and other leaders. Specifically, we have found out that to be able to address one of the great challenges that we identified in the ERGP, which is the growth in our population, we need to engage these institutions.

“And we hope that with their support, we will get to a point where we can come out with the policy that limits the number of children that a mother can have because that is important for sustaining our growth.”

Ahmad also insisted that sustenance of the ERGP by governments after the current one would not be a problem because the ERGP is a document that is purely focused on the development of the Nigerian economy.


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