- The population council wants to sanction all couples who have more than 3 children
- The executive director of the council believes this new measure could manage Ghana's growing population
- Ghana's population stands around 30 million as at the last 10 years of 24 million
The Ghana Population Council is making a case for couples who have more than three children to be sanctioned.
The council believes this move could go a long way to arrest Ghana's growing population which has hit 30 million.
It is for this reason that the council wants to reduce the total fertility rate (that is, the number of children a woman is likely to have during her reproductive years) from 5.5 percent in the past decade to 3 percent by 2020.
“The taxpayer must not be made to bear the cost of additional children by families who exceed the three children. No, it should not be a burden on the state and so we must review our social intervention programmes to reflect this policy,” the head of the National Population Council (NPC), Dr. Leticia Adelaide Appiah argued.
Ghana's population census
The chief statistician at the Ghana Statistical Service, David Kombat, says that Ghana's population currently stands at 29.6 million as against 24.6 million in 2010.
According to him, the statistics call for some urgent steps to deal with the recent challenges faced by the youth in the country. So far, checks by YEN.com.gh show that the main issues confronting Ghana's youthful population have been the scramble for limited jobs.
In fact, the spate of unemployment in the country has been described by President Akufo-Addo as "a national security issue. "
To this effect, the president has committed to creating about 100,000 new jobs by the end of the year through the Builder's Corps which aims to link Graduates with ready and available jobs.
High population rate VS social vices and disease
Under the menace of unemployment has also been the increase in cases of armed robbery and other social vices.
In the beginning of March alone, there have been troubling cases of daylight armed robbery across the country mostly leading to the death of victims. A growing youthful population has also seen Ghana record high cases diseases.
The Ghana AIDS Commission has revealed that the prevalence of HIV has risen sharply as the years go by.
The Chief Statistician has, therefore, expressed the need for access to quality education and healthcare, especially reproductive health and the need to empower women economically, with entrepreneurial skills and development to drive economic growth.
Shocking revelations on how HIV is killing young people between 15 to 25 years This is because of the potential of skills and their capacity to contribute immensely to the country's economy.
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