The Lagos State Government (LASG) has finalized plans to include and drive optimal population management activities as part of its programs and projects to ensure human capital growth and development in accordance with worldwide best practices.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Sam Egube, announced this during a stakeholders’ forum on the Demographic Dividend Roadmap, which was organized by the Ministry in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Lagos Liaison Office.
The program was organized to educate Commissioners and Permanent Secretaries about the State’s Demographic Dividend Policy and its implementation.
Egube explained that Lagos was the first in the country to optimize its resourcefulness under the seventh Lagos State government/UNFPA Country programme, which highlighted the benefits of effective population plans, as well as programs and projects from the best population management and control initiatives, by promoting demographic dividends.
Egube in his statement said, “Lagos was the first State in the country to act in line with the initiative, which under the seventh Lagos State government/UNFPA Country programme brought to the forefront benefits accruable from effective population plans, programmes and projects that could herald new thinking in terms of population management and control through the identification and promotion of demographic dividends in Lagos State.’’
Speaking on the forum’s significance, Egube stated that it is necessary to organize a comprehensive workshop for the current State Executive Council members, as well as the Permanent Secretaries, to sensitize and update them on the State’s Demographic Dividend Policy, as well as the necessary next lines of action to be taken to ensure the policy’s smooth implementation.
He said, “The State has produced Demographic Dividend guidelines in conformity with the State Executive Council directives with a view to ensuring that all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) factor the demographic dividend opportunities into their plans, programmes and projects.’’
The Commissioner stressed that successful implementation of the Demographic Dividend roadmap will improve governance by positioning informed strategies and programs targeted at long-term economic growth and development of the State and the country as a whole.
Egube also revealed that the second level of Demographic Dividend sensitization had been conducted for Directors and some top management staff of the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, noting that the workshops were held in preparation for the Executive Council presentation, which is expected to take place later.
Population management has been seen as one of the most significant actions that Nigeria must take in order to achieve economic growth and development since it is one of the fundamental distinctions between the country and some affluent nations.
Nigeria’s population explosion over the last few decades has had a detrimental influence on the country’s per capita income.