The Federal Government launched the Nigerian Commitment to Family Planning 2030 and other reproductive health policy documents in Abuja.
This follows a report by the United Nations Children’s Fund and UNICEF which says; approximately fifty percent of adolescent girls in Nigeria become mothers before the age of 20.
Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire, who conducted the launch, said the commitment on family planning, FP, 2030 and other documents was a demonstration of Nigeria’s efforts to increase access to family planning services in the country.
Dr. Ehanire explained that the federal government is committed to continuing the journey of the FP partnership and setting in motion the process of charting a course toward long-term sustainable family planning services as an integral part of the whole community. reproduction, mother, newborn, health and nutrition programs for adolescents and the elderly.
”It is estimated that about 50 percent of adolescent girls in Nigeria are already mothers by the time they celebrate their twentieth birthday. Efforts are underway to mobilize additional national resources and harness the potential of our youthful population through a concerted and coordinated mechanism of multi-sectoral actors in health, women’s affairs, education, employment remunerated, even during the humanitarian crisis, because insecurity has had a negative impact on the health and education of girls and adolescents.
Minister for Women’s Affairs and Social Development, Pauline Tallen, has called for more efforts to sensitize grassroots Nigerians on family planning.
The Chairman, Honorable Commissioner of Health Forum who is also Commissioner of Health in Rivers State, Dr Betta Edu on behalf of the Forum pledged to champion the full implementation of the documents for the benefit of Nigerians .
Goodwill messages from the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, the African Health Budget Network and other stakeholders aimed to channel more funds for the successful implementation of the document.
Reporting by Emmanuel Kutara, editing by Daniel Adejo