Managing Demographic Dividend Will Help In Lifting 100 Millions Nigerians From Poverty – World Bank.

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World Bank were supportive of the Nigeria’s goal to lead 100 million Women from poverty in 10 years, adding that it could only be possible, provided Federal Government managed it’s demographic dividend which was keeping adolescent girls in school and create opportunities in labour market.

The Country Director, World Bank Nigeria, Mr. Shuabham Chaudhuri, disclosed this during the launch of the policy note on ‘Supporting Adolescent Girls to Kickstart the Stalled Demographic Transition and Harnessing the Demographic Dividend in Nigeria’ which was held in Abuja.

Chaudhuri disclosed that the World Bank’s mission was to help its member to eradicate poverty and make life better for the bottom half.

He recalled that His Excellent President Mohammed Buhari clearly stated in terms of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty and this could only be possible provided Nigeria manage its demographic dividend and accelerate the transition.

He explained that the number of jobs accessible to Nigerian youths were small compared to the number of women giving birth to children in the country.

Chaudhuri added that, keeping girls in school for at least Secondary School would have them matured enough for marriage at 18 years of age, which would reduce marriages.

In a similar vein, World Bank’s Regional Director, (West and Central Africa), Ms. Dena Ringold, reiterated that, investing in adolescent girls was crucial to reducing child marriages in Nigeria.

She said, Human capital development was important because it would be the foundation for productive life and prepares children take on the future.

She noted that it was crucial to invest in adolescent girls in order to increase the number of girls attending school and to reduce girl child marriage, adding that the need to engage boys since they were critical enablers of girls’ access to quality of life, should be attended to.

Also speaking, the Emir of Shonga, HRH Alhaji Haliru Yahaya, noted that poorly educated families start procreating early, some girls as early as 10 years of age because it was intertwined with culture, religion, and poverty.

The royal father, therefore, called for a paradigm shift to contain Nigeria’s untamed population growth for the country to achieve demographic transition and harness the dividends.

 


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