- The United Nations have called for investments in health, education and job creation
- UN believe that investment in these areas would assist the continent to fully harness the benefits from its increasing population
In view of the growth in Africa's population, the United Nations have called for investments in relevant sectors of the economy such as health, education and job creation to fully harness the continent's demographic dividend.
This was the high point of the three days regional leadership summit organized by the UNFPA on the African democratic dividend which took place in Abuja on Monday, March 7.
Speaking at the event, the director, technical division of the UNFPA, Benoit Kalasa, called for collaboration between agencies and governments in the continent.
"We do have the opportunity of having a young people who should become the engine room for the development of the continent, But for them to become that engine, we need to make the right investments from birth; investing in health, education, and labour policies which respond to the labour market including entrepreneurship.
Unless these things are done, there is a high risk of the population becoming a liability for the continent instead of an asset, he added.
The UNFPA country representative to Nigeria, Ratidzai Ndhlovu stated that UNFPA has a long history of supporting institutional capacity in demographic analysis, population and development research, and the effective translation of research into relevant policy guidance for government.
The event had in attendance representatives of the UNFPA, policy makers, researchers among others.
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This was the thrust of the event organised by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children Educational Fund (UNICEF) and the GuardianUK at the Presidential villa, Abuja on Tuesday, February 9.