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UNFPA launches population report

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to tackling maternal mortality through dedication to the welfare and empowerment of women and young people…

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to tackling maternal mortality through dedication to the welfare and empowerment of women and young people across the country.

The president made the promise yesterday at the unveiling of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) in Abuja.

Represented by the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Muhammad Ali Pate, Tinubu promised to ensure that girls stay in school and avoid early motherhood, by providing access to quality healthcare and services, and implementing laws to end gender-based violence and other harmful practices.

The UNFPA’s flagship State of the World Population Report, was with the theme “Interwoven Lives, Threads of Hope: Ending Inequalities in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.”

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The president said his administration is committed to giving hope to girls, women, and young people, adding that his government will ensure that no woman dies giving birth, and that every girl has access to quality education and healthcare.

Also speaking, Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State lamented the continued high rate of maternal mortality in Nigeria, calling it “unacceptable” and “a shame” that women still die in childbirth in 2024.

Represented at the event by his deputy, Emmanuel Akabe, Governor Sule emphasized the need for collective action to address maternal health, infant mortality, stunting, and malnutrition.

Speaking at the launch, UNFPA Executive Director, Dr Natalia Kanem, urged global solidarity to address the pushback against women’s and girls’ rights.

 

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