The history of Population Coordination by the National Population Commission dates back to 2003 as a result of a Presidential directives titled RE: STREAMLINING OF INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR POPULATION ACTIVITIES (reference number 5874/642 dated 7th May, 2003) signed by Chief Ufot Ekaette, the then Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
The circular mandated the National Population Commission to coordinate all population and population related activities of the following Agencies across all sectoral lines such as the defunct Population Activities fund Agency (PAFA); Population Information and Communication Bureau (PICB); Community Development and Population Activities Department (CDPAD), etc. It also mandated the Commission to review the 1988 National Population Policy. It was based on this circular that a new policy tagged – NATIONAL POLICY ON POPULATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT came into being in 2004 and was officially launched by the President in March, 2005.
To fully carry on with the implementation of the population policy, three bodies were formed and inaugurated as follows:
To be an organ that systematically manages Nigeria’s population issues for qualitative and sustainable development.
To effectively coordinate the implementation of activities of the National Policy on Population for Sustainable Development at National, State and LGA levels.
The overall goal of the population management is improvement of the quality of life and standards of living of the people of Nigeria, accordingly, we shall.
(a) Propose and pursue the review of the 2004 National Policy on Population for Sustainable Development.
(b) Formulate appropriate strategic and productive structures and systems by the end of September, 2012 to pave way for effective population management.
(c) Establish a strong Population Management Organ at the National, State and LGA levels for population coordination.
(d) Undertake the process of sourcing for funds from the Development Partners and other agencies in population and Development.
(e) Pursue the actualization of capacity building of the Committee members and staff of the Department through Study Tours, Trainings, Workshops, Seminars, Lectures, etc.
(f) Provide and equip offices at National, States and LGA’s levels with ICT and Logistics
(g) Pursue the process of population management in Nigeria through:
(i) Undertaking of yearly Population Lecture Series.
(ii) Deliver lectures at national functions such as NYSC orientation Camps, Health Week Programmes and Leadership of Political Parties etc.
(iii) Develop a multi-media approach through (Radio, Television and Newspapers) on population management.
(iv) Design Bill Boards for display in strategic point on population activities in Nigeria.
(v) Facilitate discussions on population issues in educational institutions, health centres, etc.
(vi) Appoint Population Ambassadors.
(vii) Institute competition on population and development amongst MDAs, Development Partners, etc.
(viii) Revive all population desks in all MDAs and other agencies.
The Department will ensure:
1) i) Presidency
iii) MDAs (Finance, Information, etc)
– State House of Assembly
– Traditional Rulers
– Religious Leaders
– Community Leaders
– Opinion Leaders
The structure is focused on effectiveness and efficiency in service delivery strategies for effective population management in Nigeria.
The Population Management Department is to have four Units as follows:
INTER-AGENCY COORDINATION AND PARTNERSHIP
iii. Mobilization of external funds from Development Partners for population policy implementation.
iii. Organize Advocacy Workshops on various aspects of the policy.
STATE POPULATION ACTIVITIES COORDINATION
iii. Strengthen the involvement of States and Local Government in policy implementation.
POPULATION EDUCATION COORDINATION
iii. Train and re-train teachers on population and family life education.
SOURCES OF FUNDING
– JICA, etc
NB: The Presidential circular on Population Management is attached to the Committee report.