Zainab Ahmed

The federal government has advised Nigerians to spacing childbirth to enable quality upbringing.

To this end, the government said it had engaged critical stakeholders such as traditional rulers and religious leaders.

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The country’s Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, made this known on Tuesday at the Nigeria Economic Summit in Abuja.

She said the increase in Nigeria’s population was found to be one of the ‘great challenges’ in the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), hence the need to curb the “exponential population growth”.

She said, “We have been engaging traditional rulers and other leaders. Specifically, we have found out that to be able to address one of the great challenges that we identified in the ERGP, which is the growth in our population, we need to engage these institutions.”

The minister further explained in a tweet on Wednesday that the government was not thinking about stopping Nigerians from having more children.

She was reacting to reports that the government had plans to implement a policy that limits the number of children a mother can have.

“What is child spacing? This is a healthy practice of waiting between pregnancies,” she tweeted.