Family planning needed for positive change in Nigeria – ANN


By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
Chairman of Advocacy Network of Nigeria (ANN), Sheikh Salahuddeen Busairi has said Nigerians needs to imbibe family planning culture to have positive change in the country.
Sheikh Busairi stated this while speaking at a one day training workshop for media practitioners in Oyo State organized in conjunction with Pathfinder International Nigeria (PIN) held at Owu Crown hotel in Ibadan.
The ANN Chairman declared that there is the need for Nigerians to work together towards making Family Planning a norm in Nigeria for the much needed growth and development of the country.
According to the ANN Chairman, family planning if properly carried out is capable of providing solution to almost all the present vices rocking the country.
He added that specifically attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria will be a mirage if the concept of family planning “is not embraced considering the array of social problems across the world, saying all the environmental degradation and social vices can be controllable through family planning.
“The main issue here is to deal with myths and misconceptions about family planning, for us at ANN, we are saying family planning is all encompassing thing, this is why we want you to share with our aspiration to ensure that family planning becomes a norm. We are in the era of change and SDGs, sustainable development goals are achievable through family planning” he said.
While charging media practitioners to key into the concept to ensure that it becomes a norm among the people, he urged them to assist in changing the negative orientation of some Nigerian especially the women about family planning.
In his presentation, the Programme Officer, Pathfinder International, Dr. Adenike Jagun declared that going by the 2015 World Bank data, maternal death accounted for 25.6% of death in females of Child bearing age in Nigeria.
Dr Jagun pointed out that the programme was organized as part of the efforts to sensitize stakeholders in the state about Family Planning and that part of the objectives of the workshop was to discuss the role of Family Planning in the reduction of maternal and infant mortality and in the development of a productive society.


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