*urges journalists to be advocates of child spacing
Though population is an asset if adequately planned for, an unplanned population is the major source of different types of crisis.
Senior Programme Officer, Advocacy and Demand, Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) 2, Hajia Khadijah Ibrahim Nuhu emphasized this at a two-day workshop on Agenda For Spitfire Advocacy Training For Family Planning, which commenced for media practitioners in Kaduna on Tuesday.
According to her, there is a misconception that Family Planning (FP) is being advocated because the population is too much.
She said population in itself, if well managed does not bring problems, but when there is no adequate planning on how the population can be an asset and not a curse, it could pose challenges to societies.
The Senior Programme Officer cited an example of China which in spite of being the most populous country is an economic hub because it has planned well.
She said child birth spacing is being advocated because it leads to better quality of life not just for the woman, but the entire family.
Speaking further, she said that NURHI was building capacity of media professionals on ‘Spitfire’ approach to child birth spacing because of the influence they wield on the society.
“Spitfire is a smart approach to advocacy and the subject matter of child spacing in Kaduna. It is targeted at creating a critical mass media,” she added.
The two-day workshop which is being organized by Development Communications (DevComs) on behalf of NURHI continues on Wednesday with presentations and group work.