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World Population Day: Obaseki Urges Increased Action to Address Challenges, Harness Potential of Global Rising Population

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has called for increased efforts among global stakeholders to fully harness the potential and address the challenges of the world’s growing population, ensuring inclusive growth and sustainable development.

Obaseki, who made the call in commemoration of the 2023 World Population Day, reiterated the need for a healthy and productive global population, reassuring that his government will sustain policies and programmes to reduce inequality and engender inclusive growth.

According to the governor, “The 2023 World Population Day presents yet another opportunity to review and strengthen efforts to address the challenges and embrace the opportunities that come with the ever-increasing global population.

“The exponential growth of the world's population poses significant challenges to sustainable development, placing strains on resources, infrastructure, and social systems. We must recognize the need for careful planning and innovative strategies to ensure that our society can provide for the needs and aspirations of every individual, both now and in the future.”

He added, “At the same time, we cannot overlook the immense opportunities that arise from a growing population. With a larger workforce and a diverse pool of talents and ideas, we have the potential to drive innovation, stimulate economic growth, and foster social progress. While harnessing these potentials, we must acknowledge the collective responsibility that rests upon the government, citizens, and other stakeholders.

“Together, we must establish comprehensive systems, build resilient infrastructure, and implement dynamic socio-economic policies that not only address the immediate needs of our people but also lay a strong foundation for a secure and inclusive society.”

Speaking on the theme on this year’s celebration, “Unleashing the power of gender equality: Uplifting the voices of women and girls to unlock our world’s infinite possibilities,” the governor reaffirmed his government’s commitment to promoting inclusivity and addressing barriers that hinder the girl-child from reaching her fullest potential.

He noted, “In our state, we are committed to creating an environment where women and girls can thrive. We have prioritized investments in education, healthcare, and skills development, ensuring that every girl-child has the opportunity to receive a quality education and reach her full potential. We are also working to address the persistent issue of gender-based violence by strengthening our laws, raising awareness, and providing support services to survivors.”

According to the United Nations, “This World Population Day is a reminder that we can achieve the prosperous, peaceful and sustainable future envisioned by the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development if we harness the power of every human being on the planet. When we unlock the full potential of women and girls – encouraging and nurturing their desires for their lives, their families and their careers – we galvanize half the leadership, ideas, innovation, and creativity to better society.”

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