By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
The Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), Eze Duruiheoma has revealed that the number of young people in the country could increase to 73,188,057 by the year 2020.
Duruiheoma gave this revelation yesterday in Abuja during a world press conference themed: “Investing in Young People”.
According to him, “Young people constitute a large proportion of Nigeria’s total population. According to the 2006 census, young people aged 10-24 years are 44,470,448 of the total population size. By 2014, it has increased to 60,447,431 and by 2020, the number is expected to reach 73,188,057, out of a total population of 221,392,163”.
The chairman said government and all stakeholders must work together in order to invest in young people.
Duruiheoma said the present administration had already taken a giant stride with its laudable development in areas of education, social health and infrastructure.
In order to create a favourable atmosphere for young ones in the country, the NPC boss said more programmes targeted at eradicating poverty must be developed.
“There should be conscious effort to create employment, create sustained investment in women and youths, especially education for young girls, well-trained workforce together with economic reforms.
“Also, we need to provide guidance on sexual reproductive matters to adolescents, so as to help them in making decisions”.
He said the role of parents and various stakeholders could help complement government’s effort in creating a responsible generation.