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National Population Commission (NPC) plans to set a scorecard for the achievement of Demographic Dividends (DD) in Nigeria, Mr Nduka Arinzechi, acting Director, Population Management, said.

He made this known at an event organised by the NPC on Friday in Abuja.

Demographic dividend, as defined by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) mean: the economic growth potential that can result from shifts in a population’s age structure, mainly when the share of the working-age population is larger than the non-working-age share of the population.

Arinzechi, who said that demographic dividend was yet to be accounted for in Nigeria since 2017 when the roadmap was launched, described scorecard as very important component in national planning.

Mr Osaretin Adonri of the UNFPA said that the country needed a scorecard to determine whether it was moving in the right direction or not.

Andori, who described scorecard as imperative in holding leaders accountable and responsive toward the country’s development, said good governance was a critical pillar in achieving demographic dividend.

Dr Ejike Orji of the Association for Advanced Family Planning (AAFP), said education and entrepreneurial skills were paramount in moving the country out of unproductive population.

Orji stressed the need for a paradigm shift from static education curricula to one that would guarantee competitiveness in the labour market.

NAN reports that Nigeria is categorised as a pre-demographic dividend nation, considering her high rate of unproductive and dependent population.

Edited By: Lydia Beshel/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

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