By Dominic Akpensuen:
Nigerian leaders have been tasked to utilise the country’s rapidly increasing population as an index for economic growth.
Dean Don school of postgraduate studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, (NSUK) Professor Sulieman Aruwa, gave the charge during an interview with Daily Asset in his office.
According Professor Aruwa, large population require large market for goods and services which is synonymously to economic growth.
He stated that the basic challenge is how government can translate the population growth to development, put in place policies that reduces poverty, create employment as well as reduce the gap between the rich and the poor.
The Professor of Accounting and Finance urged Federal Government to redouble efforts and empower women, noting that “we need to educate women and reduce mass illiteracy among them, if women are educated they can contribute immensely to family planning.
Similarly, the Deputy Director Entrepreneurship development center Nasarawa State University Dr. Hauwa Lamino Abubarka stated that population has it huge advantages but it is important to know what to do with such population.
In his contribution, Assistant Professor Francis Onu, HOD Sociology Department blamed Nigeria’s leaders for not planning ahead despite rich natural and human resources.