WORLD POPULATION DAY: 13M TEENAGE GIRLS IN PITIABLE CONDITION - NPC CHAIRMAN
As Nigeria joined the rest of the world to commemorate the 2016 World Population Day (WPD), the National Population Commission (NPoPC), has revealed that the population of teenage girls have increased from 10,001,965 in 2006 to 13,787,755 in 2016, lamenting the challenges faced by majority of the girl cut a pathetic picture.
Chairman of the Commission, Chief Eze Duruiheoma, who stated this yesterday, at the WPD event, themed ''Investing in Teenage girls'', organised by NPopC in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Abuja, noted that the pitiable condition of the teenage girls in the country and the gradual erosion of their potential to live healthy and fulfilled lives are avoidable stains on the collective desire for sustainable development.
''Data from 2006 Population and Housing Census indicate that Nigeria's teenage population aged 13-19 was 20,458,601 or 14.6 percent of the total population out of which the teenage girls constituted 10,001.965 or 7.2 per cent of the total population. By 2016, the population of the teenage girls has increased to 13,787,755.
''Yet, the condition in which majority of the teenage girls live and the challenges they have to surmount on daily basis cut a pathetic picture. Without education, in poor health and with little or no control over her own body, the future of the teenage girl in Nigeria is imperiled and her potential may never be realised'.
Duruiheoma therefore stressed that 'we cannot afford to leave the teenage girls in this pitiable condition as this has direct bearings on our ability to improve the well-being of the present and future generation.
'Investing in the teenage girls through appropriate policies and legislations that will guarantee their living standard is therefore an absolute necessity. For too long, we have paid lip service to the empowerment of the teenage girls but the time to act is now'