The National Assembly on Tuesday promised stakeholders more budgetary allocation to Family Planning (FP) services for healthy population.
Chairman, House Committee on Population and National Identity, Hon. Mohammed Mahmud (APC-Niger), stated this when FP Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) visited NASS as part of activities to commemorate 2017 World Population Day (WPD) in Abuja.
The annual WPD is commemorated on 11 July and has ”Family Planning, Child Spacing: Empowering People, Developing Nation” as theme for this year.
Mahmud, who said that Nigeria’s current population of over 180 million was alarming, emphasised that the only way to curtail this was to ensure voluntary, safe and cheaper access to family planning.
This, he noted, could be possible through improved budgetary allocation and timely release and judicious use of such money.
The senator explained that when women got access to FP services, they would be able to raise healthy families which would directly reflect on the health of the nation.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Population and National Identity, Uthman Hunkuyi (APC- Kaduna North), said increased budgetary allocation was a huge step but its utilisation on intended purpose was another.
Hunkuyi solicited the cooperation of CSOs on budget tracking to ensure judicious use of whatever money targeted at improving maternal and child health to ensure healthy population.