- Yemi Osinbajo has said that Nigeria's population will hit 543 million by the year 2050
- The vice president said if there is no commensurate economic growth, the nation's population will be a burden
- According to Osinbajo, there is a need to begin human capital development to create the necessary environment for skill and knowledge acquisition
Nigeria's vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, has warned that the country's population will be hitting 543 million by 2050.
Osinbajo said the explosion in Nigeria's population would be more of a burden than an asset for the nation without a commensurable economic growth.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Senior Executive Course (SEC) 42 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru near Jos Plateau state.
Represented by the acting head of service, Yomi Esan, the vice president said Nigeria needs to embark on human capital development to create the necessary environment for skill and knowledge acquisition.
“The Federal Government has high expectations of the nominees of Senior Executive Course 42, given the critical role of human capital development as a response mechanism to rapid population growth in our national economy," Osinbajo said.
“You should research carefully into this theme in order to proffer policy options that will enable Government fashion out appropriate responses to the challenge of rapid population growth and slow pace of human capital development,” he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Nigeria’s population has hit an estimated 198 million people.
The National Population Commission (NPC) the United Nations has recommended that Nigeria should conduct a population census.
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