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Population Growth Militating Against National Development – Osinbajo

by Isiyaku Ahmed
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By Musa Na Allah

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo has said in a well articulated paper presented in Sokoto that population growth, Insecurity and lack of education among young ones were the factors militating the development of Nigeria over the years.

The Vice president was speaking at a lecture he delivered today at the 3rd convocation ceremony of Sokoto state University, Sokoto.

He said by the end of the century Nigeria would become the 3rd most populace country aside India, saying that in the next 30 years there would be more mouth to feed, more school graduates seeking for employment and more schools and established outlets for the education of our younger ones.

The Vice president further explained that 92 percent of the Nigeria population were adult below the age of 30 which he said if care is not taken become difficult for future leaders to manage.

He charged leaders to device a way of managing the population growth amidst insecurity and economic hardship.

Osibanjo however commended the present and former Governor of the state Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko for the establishment and sustaining the state-owned University.

Speaking on in security the Vice president called for the adoption of livestock management system whereby herders would resort to ranching and more sedentary rather than grazing without clear demarcation.

He said recently the federal government had lunched a livestock transformation plan with the support of the Government of the Nederland and Nasarawa, Taraba, and two other state have already joined Sokoto inclusive.

He said the new livestock management method would further strengthen the herders/farmers relationship without anyone been hurt.

According to him the new plan would make states to provide a vast reserve for herders to establish ranch and provide them with water schools and other essentials if life.

On the current state of economy, and over dependence on Oil and Gas, the vice president warned that in the next fifteen years many countries in Europe and other developed world would seize to use oil as means to power their machines, climate change and its effect on their economies.

He called on leaders of the country to pay more attention to what is happening    globally as regards to emission by 2015.

He advised that Nigerian security should be localized when it comes to community policing, saying that it should be all inclusive involving every stakeholder not minding his ethnic or geopolitical background.

” Everyone has something to offer when it comes to issue of security as such no one should be left behind,” said the vice president.

“People should not be subjected to ill treatment because of their ethnic or religious background, adding that any leader who does not speak the truth to his followers does not deserved the leadership position.

“leaders should open up for discussion with their followers for the society to move better without which it will fracture, ” says Osibanjo.

“we should built a better Nigeria for ourselves and our future generations, we should also define the future of our country, it is a task for us at the position of leadership,” he stated.

In his remarks Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal hope and prayed that Nigeria would come out its present security and economic challenges.

He said the vice president had spoken the truth on the Nigeria’s socio economic and security challenges what remains is the political will and commitment to tackle them for the country to progress.

The Governor thanked the vice president for his visit to Sokoto state which he said is the 5th in six years.

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