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With an estimated 150,000,000, Nigeria has the largest population in Africa, 8th in the world and one of the fastest in growth. By projections, there will be 250,000,000 Nigerians by 2050. This will, without a doubt, present huge challenges and strain on our resources, population distribution, services and infrastructures, environment and even governance.

All policies must be formulated against this backdrop. For example, our energy plans must extrapolate the projections above as facts currently at hand proves; there are more houses in Nigeria now compared to 20 years ago, more air conditioners and refrigerators etc. With sound policies and disciplined governance coupled with new opportunities provided by a flat world, even more people will demand even more electrons. Expect a geometric progression particularly in our energy demand. How we must do this without destroying our environment and smoking ourselves to death is going to be a challenge.

Our agriculture policies today must be structured to feed 250,000,000 people and yet focus on sustainable agricultural practices that ensure that the environment does not suffer while aggressively coming up high yield and disease resistant plants and animals stocks. Despite the obvious challenges, we have blueprints around the world and a 21st international community that is more collaborative now than ever in human history. Time to take advantage of these opportunities.

Life expectancy in Nigeria currently stands at 46.94 years (30% below world average), 182nd rank among 194 countries in the United Nations Ranking. How do you correlate this with the nation’s GDP of $170 billions, 43rd rank in the world? Close observations, surprisingly, reveal a nation with robust healthcare policy but lacks the leadership and political will coupled with corruption and sometimes lack of technical know how on implementation.
How do you provide care for a population of a quarter of a billion when 150,000,000 is unmanageable?
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We strongly believe that people are the real wealth of nations. To make a great nation, we must pay more attention to this fact. Our policies must be able to answer a single simple question in affirmative; Does it empower the people? Meaning “greater access to knowledge, better nutrition and health services, more secure livelihoods, security against crime and physical violence, satisfying leisure hours, political and cultural freedoms and sense of participation in community activities”, paraphrasing Mahbub ul Haq of Human Development Report.

The empowered human can then hold his leader responsible and demand good governance which promotes more empowerment, a multiplier effect.

African Renaissance Party will focus on human development and programs that present every Nigerian as an innovator and a potential entrepreneur who only asks the government to provide the playing field. We shall provide insight into why corruption is so widespread in our society and why we need to consider changing how we tackle it.

Nigeria is the most populous African Nation with estimated 150,000,000, 15% of the continent population, half the population of West Africa and 2.3% of world population. What is actually impressive is the age distribution which clearly demonstrates a young work force. Largely due to the relatively low life expectancy, 46.94 years, only 3.1% of the nation’s population is 65 years and over.

Population and population growth imply challenges in policy making and implementation but a young population is an asset if well nurtured. Emphasis on the last 2 words because data from countries that experience conflicts in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s showed strongest correlation in young age structure among those nations. Likewise, there is a correlation between a country’s GDP and the size of its labour market. Nigeria has a large young population but only 13% of this gets tertiary education, there is underutilization here.

Policies that improve life expectancy and boost education, reduce brain drain, increase brain circulation among others will increase the productivity of the 15-64yrs old segment and hence the GDP. All our national programs must be focused on maximizing the potentials of our work force. This objective will be reflected in our plans as you review each sector discussed here. We are going to give a particular attention to a particularly interesting population group we can start working with immediately, the CORPERS. Download NYSC/youth plan brochure and share.
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