Stakeholders call for Increase budget for Family Planning

Being press release by Devcoms Network for 2017 World Population Day in Lagos

As a strategy to control and avert the implication of rapid population growth in order to achieve sustainable development goals, stakeholders have called for increased budgetary allocation for family planning as Nigeria joins the rest of the work to mark 2017 World Population Day (WPD).


Speaking on the 2017 WPD theme, Family Planning, Birth Spacing: Empowering People, Developing Nations, in a recent release by National Population Commission (NPC), its Chairman, Chief Eze Duruiheoma, stated that family planning and birth spacing are measures to attain a sustainable family size by way of allowing for adequate intervals between births, employing especially the use of contraception.

Eze said that, “Family planning is not only about saving lives but also empowering people and developing nations. Family and birth spacing are personal decisions but their profound implication on health, economic and social wellbeing of the society are far reaching. That is why simple individual decision has become a developmental agenda that must be addressed on a sustainable”.

Nigeria’s population is expected to surpass that of the US by 2050, according to new UN projections that predict the West African country could be the world’s third most populous by the end of this century. The 2013 NDHS results indicate that the TFR is 5.5 births per woman. This means that, on average, Nigerian women will give birth to 5.5 children by the end of their childbearing years meanwhile the goal of the National Policy on Population for Sustainable Development is to achieve a reduction in the total fertility rate of at least 0.6 children every five years (National Population Commission, 2004).

In a report by Matt Lesso on the Borgen Project, Nigeria is struggling with over population and most residents of cities like Lagos live in severely overcrowded slums. Many houses and apartments consist of just one room to house entire families. More than 50 people can share a bathroom, sink and living space. Youth unemployment in urban areas is around 50 percent. This has fuelled an increase in crime which is rampant in many cities. This high level of youth unemployment has also helped fuel the rise of militant groups like Boko Haram.  Whereas Nigeria’s fertility rate is approximately 5.5 children per woman i.e. a woman can still give birth to 5 or more children with/ without the means of providing for them.

Many fear this rise in population growth will fuel poverty, hunger and civil strife. But the problems will be particularly acute in Nigeria. While some view this increase in population as a potential for more economic growth and status as a global hegemon, many others fear the population boom will cause the country to collapse. With family planning, population growth can be controlled starting with individual family deciding how many children it can cater for, when to birth them and how to space them. In a statement reiterated by the Lagos State Team Leader of the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative, NURHI, Dr Omasanjuwa Edun has said that family planning is designed to help the family have quality life contrary to speculations that it was instituted to discourage procreation.
According to World Health Organization, Family planning reinforces people’s rights to determine the number and spacing of their children, Family planning can be used to reduce maternal mortality which is currently at 555/100,000 live births in Nigeria (NDHS 2013) because by preventing unintended pregnancy, family planning /contraception prevents deaths of mothers and children. With a well-planned family, parents are also able to take adequate care of children they already have.

Research has shown that Family planning has a negative reputation among many Nigerians. Many have the misconception that family planning is all about reducing number of children to be birthed using risky medical interventions that can potentially cause major complication in women such as infertility, however family planning simply provides a safe, affordable and effective way to have children when you want them, and provide a period of ‘rest’ for mothers in between pregnancies.

In a statement made by Mrs Toyin Saraki Wellbeing Foundation founder, “Family planning information and contraception is a fundamental human right, empowering women to decide when and where to have a child, and how many children they wish to bear, according to their circumstances, we recommend that mothers space their childbirth by 1000 days, to better sustain the health and socio-economic wellbeing of mother, child and family.”

However to provide family planning services the Government needs to; Increase funding for Family Planning and ensure increase in budgetary allocations for FP/CBS in the state to cover consumables, supplies and infrastructure, commodity, logistics, management, training of skilled providers and demand creation.

Global World Population Day is celebrated on July 11th every year. It is a global day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues and this year’s theme is emphasizing how access to safe, voluntary family planning is a human right. It is also central to gender equality and women’s empowerment, Devcoms joins the rest of the world to commemorate this day as the health and wellbeing of a woman is vital to the wellbeing of a nation.


“IRETI EDA” Radio Program Returns: Weekly Program to Air in Oyo State


The “Get It Together” Campaign, led by the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative 2 (NURHI 2), will launch 26 new episodes of their weekly radio program – Ireti Eda – during the week of July 14, 2017.


The new episodes of Ireti Eda in Oyo continues the captivating drama it was known for intermixed with real-life testimonials from community leaders, health service providers, and program listeners. This combination of entertaining and educational content encourages all Nigerians and Oyo people in particular to KNOW the facts about family planning, TALK to their partner, and GO for family planning services – the key message of NURHI 2’s Get It Together campaign.


“I like the radio program Ireti Eda because it educates us on Family Planning, especially through the drama characters, highlighting the need, importance and methods of Family Planning. I do not miss any episode as I have learnt a lot from the expert that answers questions also, as some of the things they said are things I have experienced as a woman. The program is very good and It it should be continued.” Bunmi.


As in the previous three seasons, this radio program will feature the latest jams, real-life stories from satisfied family planning users, and the chance to win weekly prize, which will be N1,000 recharge cards. The programs will also offer listeners the opportunity to call-in and speak directly with family planning experts, who answer their questions live on-air.


Dr Mojisola Odeku, NURHI 2 Portfolio Director said “Listeners are hooked on the programs’ serial dramas and know they can trust the project to provide factual and accurate health information. Fans can even call-in to the program to have their questions answered by family planning experts, one of the more popular features.”


The new episodes of Ireti Eda radio program build on the success of the first seasons, NURHI 1’s popular radio programs, and the campaign’s 2016 hit song “Get It Together,” featuring Paul ‘P Square’ Okoye and Tiwa Savage. At the same time, NURHI 2 has helped establish a network of trained health providers offering friendly and confidential family planning services. NURHI 2 locations can be recognized by the blue, yellow and orange puzzle piece logo with signs that say ‘FP services available here.’


The new episodes’ premiere dates, radio stations, and broadcast times are as follows:



-Splash 105.5FM: Fridays 3-4pm (Start date: July 14)

-Amuludun 99.1FM: Mondays 3-4pm (Start Date: July 17)


Radio listeners can join in the conversation and see what other fans are saying on Get It Together’s official Facebook page: @getittogetherng


For more information please visit, send an email to or call Toyeke on 0905-261-5272.


About the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative 2 (NURHI 2)

The Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative 2 (NURHI 2) funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/T. J. Mather is using communication to increase demand for family planning among men and women. It is led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (JHCCP) in partnership with the Center for Communication Programs Nigeria (CCPN).