The Coalition for Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health Accountability in Nigeria, a Civil Society Organisation (CSO), has advocated for a special budgetary allocation for the purchase of Family Planning (FP) commodities to avert monumental shortage by 2020.
Dr Ejike Orji, the Chairman of the coalition and Civil Society Focal Person in Nigeria, made the appeal in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja.
Orji said that the association had successfully appealed to the government for 3 million dollars as counterpart funding for the purchase of FP commodities in 2011.
He added that prior to 2011; FP services receive zero allocation from government of Nigeria because it was only development partners that were funding FP services in the country.
According to Orji, in 2015, when President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office, the association further advocated for additional 1 million dollars to the counterpart fund for FP services.
He said the government agreed and 4 million dollars was released for the purchase of FP commodities in 2018.
Orji however lamented that only 945,000 dollars was allocated for the procurement of FP commodities in 2019, instead of 4 million dollars, creating a shortfall of about 3.1 million dollars.
“That is why we are now advocating to the parliament for an extra budgetary allocation to address the funding gap and avoid FP crisis by 2020.
He explained that the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) did the forward purchase of FP commodities for Nigeria and the money for next year was usually provided this year.
He added that if the shortfall was not met-up, then Nigeria would have a monumental shortage for the FP commodities come 2020; as many women will not have access to modern FP products and services.
Orji said study showed that 19 per cent of Nigerian women who need the modern method of FP are not getting it, in the context of the fact that Nigeria was already in demographic crisis.
He explained there were three things you would see in population dynamics to know that the country was in demographic crisis.
“When you see the large percentage of the population mostly youth and unemployed; when you have large proportion of the percentage of the population emigrating from your country, especially unskilled labour.
“ The third one and most terrible is when nationals start killing nationals,’’ he said.
Orji noted that in 2004, there was OPC in South West; militancy in Niger Delta, ethno-religious crises on the Plateau, Boko Haram in North East, banditry in North West and `so called herdsmen menace’ across the country.
He added that Sahara Desert was encroaching at the level of four meters every single year; our population has increased by 61 million in just 13 years and income coming from oil does not match again.