WARRI/Nigeria: Traditional Ruler in South South Nigeria, the Olu of Warri, HRM Ogiame Ikenwuli, had charged the Federal Government to consider an effective birth control policy to combat the scourge of an unhealthy population.
Disclosing this while playing hosting to Course 41 Participants of the Nigeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, near Jos, the monarch said that Nigeria was sitting on a keg of gunpowder if it allowed indiscriminate childbearing without adequate provision for their welfare.
He lamented the torment of banditry and kidnapping that has pervaded the country in recent times and called on the Federal Government to create job opportunities to engage idle youths and tackle restiveness.
In the same vein, he called for the resuscitation of the Koko and Warri ports so that they can perform optimally, stressing that both facilities have the capacity to create absorb thousands of unemployed youths in the environs.
Although he commended the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, he observed that the spate of insecurity in the country had reached sickening heights, even as he charged the institute to look into the challenge and proffer solutions accordingly.
Contrary to assertions in the media that Nigeria has become the poverty headquarters of the world, the monarch tended to disagree, stressing that the nation had enough resources to cater for her citizens if properly managed.
Earlier in his remarks, the Acting Director-General of the Institute, Jonathan Juma mni, appreciated the king for his warm reception, adding that the essence of their visit was in line with the mandate of the institute to think out ways of a sustainable free universal healthcare coverage.
He said that despite the resources deployed into the healthcare delivery sector by the three tiers of government, Nigeria has fared poorly, noting that the institute was committed to recommending the right policies to government from their broad-based research.