The Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPoPC), Chief Eze Duruiheoma has exposed the real reasons why Polygamy cannot be stopped in Nigeria despite it being a major contributor to the current population explosion witnessed in the country. This was revealed during the flag off of the 2017 World Population Day (WPD) tagged “Family Planning, Birth Spacing: Empowering People, Developing Nations.”
According to him, the focus of the commission as far as family planning and child spacing is concerned in Nigeria, we prefer to emphasise on the education of more women rather than stopping Polygamy, commercial or transactional sex. It has been discovered the world over that Polygamy breeds more children in developing nations, even though statistics have revealed that about 250million women in several underdeveloped nations in the world today will like to delay or stop child birth, but due to lack of access to family planning assets these women remain perpetually subjugated to their various cultures and religions.
The Chairman of the National Population Commission insisted that family planning, birth spacing are critical to the attainment of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as espoused by the United Nations. “Family planning and child spacing are both personal decisions but have profound implications on the health, is not only about saving lives but also empowering people.”
“It contributes to the economic and social well being of the society through the SDGs which are aimed to eliminate poverty, discrimination, abuse and preventable deaths, address environmental destruction and usher in an era of development for all people everywhere. Family planning is basically about empowering people and developing nations and simply a life saving intervention,” he said.
He further stated that family planning is a life saving intervention, as it prevents unintended pregnancies and in turn reduces health risks at childbirth. As an intervention, family planning as it is quite critical during humanitarian crises which is characterised by sexual violence, intimate-partner violence, child marriage and high risk behaviour, such as survival, transactional and commercial sex.
Even though there are certain cultures and religions in Nigeria that permit the marriage of adolescent girls, reports have shown that adolescent girls who delay pregnancy and consequently complete  more years of schooling, and women with more years of schooling tend to have fewer children as the woman is more empowered to economically to support the family.
Source: Uchechukwu Ugboaja