- Poverty is responsible for many issues confronting Nigeria, according to Senator Utazi
- Also speaking, Senator Murray-Bruce said Nigeria needs to control its population as a measure to deal with poverty
- Bruce also added that allocating more money to the education sector is another way to fix the wide gap between the poor and the rich
Senator Chukwuka Utazi (Enugu-PDP) on Wednesday, May 15, said the reason for the many problems facing the nation is poverty.
At the plenary session of the Senate, Utazi said that the poor will soon move against the rich and fight them if a quick and effective measure is not taken, Premium Times reports.
Senator Ben Murray Bruce contributed to the motion moved by his colleague by adding that population control is the solution to the poverty in the country.
He said: “What’s our population control policy? Does anybody care how many children we have? Does anybody care how many we ought to have? How many children make up an economy functional, nobody cares. So, we all talk about issues to avoid what is truly important, population control policy.”
The motion was basically focused on the creation of jobs in the country so that violent revolution by poor Nigerians can be prevented.
Senator Bruce also added that though the country does not need a population control policy as strict like that of China, the measure still remains a good option at stabilising the economy. The senator said another way of dealing with poverty in the nation is allocate more money for education.
“We don’t need to be as draconian as China where they have the one-child policy. But the one-child policy in China stabilised the Chinese economy.
“Muslims and Christians will criticise me for my position but unless the government have a population control policy; one, we cannot solve the problem. Two, we must spend more money on education,” he said.
He said that while many falsely believe that having plenty children is the same as wealth creation, the future of those kids are dark and uncertain as they become easy tools for criminal activities.
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“We think having babies is equivalent to wealth, success, development. This is counter-productive. Here we are today, we are having babies, we are not educating our children, we are not giving them jobs.
“They have no future and because they have no future, they carry guns and knives, point it at you and take you out because they see you in a beautiful car,” he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said that Nigeria’s current population hit a new high of 201 million.
This was contained in the 2019 state of the world population report which identifies that Nigeria’s growth rate has been at an average of 2.6% from 2010 to 2019.
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