Ghana adds a total of 700,000 people to its population annually, the Executive Director of the National Population Council (NPC),
Dr Leticia Adelaide Appiah has disclosed .
She said many countries have moved on from having
The Accra forum which was
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The participants at the forum
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According to her, we cannot make any meaningful progress as a nation without factoring in the subject of population, stressing that
The Executive Director of PPAG, Abena Acheampong expressed concern that the country risks many challenges ahead if the current population growth rate is not tackled.
She was of the opinion that the decision by the government to introduce the double track system for Senior High School (SHS) students is partly due to the unplanned population of the country.
Madam Acheampong said a huge population does not guarantee quality life and that those advocating for population growth should rethink their position.
“People are moving from one place to another because the conditions there is not good. And then they come in here and it is no better,” she said, adding “We need to invest in the quality of life rather than expanding.”
Executive Director of PPAG, Abena Acheampong
She said it would be of no essence if the country’s population continued to grow but has no benefits to its development.
“What is the essence of having more people who don’t have any capacity to purchase anything? What economic value do they have?” Madam Acheampong quizzed, adding “the more I think about population, the more scared I become.”
She, therefore, called for a unified front, particularly by CSOs to advocate issues on SRHR, reiterating that it is only through unity that CSOs can make any impact on the lives of the ordinary people in society.
She also urged the participants to continue educating people about the effects of unmanaged populations on the lives of all.