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World Population Day was established by the then Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989.
Staff Reporter Amaka Chibuzor Okoye who sampled opinion on the significance of the day reports that the day, seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.
This year’s theme is “Family Planning is a human right”.
Speaking on the significance of the day, the State Director, National Population Commission, Mr. Joakin Ulasi said the day was to remind people of the need for quality population rather than quantity population.
He disclosed that this year’s theme is apt as according to him, family planning is a way to curb or fight over crowded population of countries.
Mr. Ulasi appealed to couples to consider the economic situation of the country when deciding their family sizes so as to give them quality education and training in order to be useful citizens, pointing out that when there is quantity population, the society is bound to have criminals and other social ills.

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