By Kelvin Ohoror in Warri
The Federal Commissioner representing Delta State at the National Population Commission (NPC), Sir Richard Odibo, has warned against population explosion in Nigeria.
The population expert gave the warning during an interactive session with newsmen recently at his Ekpan residence in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.
He warned that if Nigeria’s rate of population growth was not properly managed, Nigerians would be faced with hunger and starvation in the next 30 years.
Odibo said climate change had adversely affected farmlands globally and therefore stressed the need to have a population that can depend on farming.
To this end, he called for sex education of the girl-child as to the usage of contraceptives in the course of managing Nigeria’s population.
He also advised that the girl child should be groomed to provide assistance in the welfare of the household and not to wholly depend on her husband.
The Delta State representative at the NPC also expressed concern on having youths that were not meaningfully engaged, as he warned that such youths would become snare to the society in the future.
Odibo cited the ongoing arm banditry in Northern Nigeria to substantiate his claim, as he noted that the unknown gun men terrorising the northern region today were the ‘almajiris’ (wayward and less privileged male children) of yesterday.
He expressed disappointment over lack of interest of most youths in the Niger Delta region in educational pursuit, noting that they were only interested in 419, internet fraud, oil pipexxline vandalism and other vices to earn a living.
While warning that such might become the unknown gunmen in the Niger Delta region in future, he advised government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to encourage youths in the region into educational pursuit and skill acquisition programmes.
According to him, educational pursuit and skill acquisition were the ways to guarantee security of the future of the Niger Delta region.