Category: opinions

How Many Children Should We Have?

“Papa  Amaka, hope say you wear raincoat today oo… Remember wetin government talk oo.”

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So early this week, I saw a headline that the Minister of Finance in Nigeria said that the FG (Federal Government) was going to limit the number of children per mother. I’m not going to go into how I think it almost doesn’t make sense that this sanction is to be placed on the wife meaning the husband can still have his football team with different mothers. (Oops, I kinda went there, did I?)
Anyways, I’m sure we have sensible people in government who will think through this policy if it is ever passed.

This post is about me wondering if Nigeria is ready for a population control policy.
In 1979 in China, they introduced the one-child policy. It limited the amount of children parents could have although there were some exceptions like in some rural areas if the first child was a daughter and then if the ethnic group was a minority. It lasted about three or more decades and according to the Chinese government, about 400 million births were avoided. (They still hold the top populous country in the world with 1.386 billion people as at 2017)

How China implemented the policy

The Family Planning Policy was enforced through a financial penalty in the form of the “social child-raising fee”, sometimes called a “family planning fine” in the West, which was collected as a fraction of either the annual disposable income of city dwellers or of the annual cash income of peasants, in the year of the child’s birth.[1] For instance, in Guangdong, the fee is between 3 and 6 annual incomes for incomes below the per capita income of the district, plus 1 to 2 times the annual income exceeding the average. Both members of the couple need to pay the fine.[2]

As part of the policy, women were required to have a contraceptive intrauterine device (IUD) surgically installed after having a first child, and to be sterilized by tubal ligation after having a second child. From 1980 to 2014, 324 million Chinese women were fitted with IUDs in this way and 108 million were sterilized. Women who refused these procedures – which many resented – could lose their government employment and their children could lose access to education or health services. The IUDs installed in this way were modified such that they could not be removed manually, but only through surgery. In 2016, following the abolition of the one-child policy, the Chinese government announced that IUD removals would now be paid for by the government.[3]

It was changed to a two-child policy in 2016.

Back to my country Nigeria.
In my country, I have heard of some people in some areas who don’t say the number of children they have due to superstitious or traditional beliefs I suppose. People in these areas consider it an abomination to count people while they are still alive. (This is a problem of population census in Nigeria)

And then the ones who see children as a show of wealth. The more, the merrier. (El Oh El. Do we still have people that think like this?)

Oh, and as a country described by the International Monetary Fund to be developing, we are the 7th populous country in the world. (Only African country in top 10, Whoop! Whoop!)

Will population control policies work in Nigeria? What will the fine(s) be? What will the incentives be? Because there just has to be an incentive for this to work

Imagine, Papa Amaka ‘inconveniencing’ himself when government won’t appreciate his efforts.
Mama Amaka is growing fatter due to hormonal imbalance of birth control pills.

What are your thoughts on population control policies in Nigeria?

This is the  List of countries in the world by population

Found this when I was surfing, 10 astounding population policies around the world

P.S: Male birth control pills have passed a safety test. Coming soon.

* Reference – Wikipedia – One-child policy

 

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Green blood = Bad blood?

I met someone!
We went on a ride.
During this ride, we happened to have a conversation.
He told me of how he represented Nigeria in sports when he was younger.
Of how he did it out of love for the country and not the money.
He came back and trained to be a mobile policeman.
He told the story of how he trained under renowned and reputable officers back in the day.
He is now a keke driver.
He still spoke with a lot of pride for his country.
I was sad.
Sad for how his country has failed him.
Sad on how there’s no database to show great people that have served her.
Sad that he’ll be ‘one of those people’ that represented Nigeria.

As Independence Day draws near, I ask myself why I should still believe in this country.
On why I still get appalled when the Series ‘Nigeria’ reels out episodes day by day.
On why I still believe there could be a change.

Right now, I really have no answers.
I just know there’s this innate belief that things will be better. Things will change.
We aren’t going to have to wait till the end of the tunnel to see the light. The tunnel itself is being lighted up.
Maybe my blood is green.
I am Nigerian.

Remember, my post for when Nigeria was 56?
I was frustrated with Internet network. Check it out here.

A Pact or Impact?

So in a bid to churn out posts and also practice a few things, I’ll be putting up a post everyday of this month!! Yaaayyyy! 💃💃💃

You know how you see things online and get enraged? Yeah… Last week was one of those times. (Well, on Twitter that’s almost everyday. But today it bubbled out)
A PACT was formed. “Presidential Aspirants Coming Together” . I was overjoyed. Finally, people see sense and know that if you want to send the incumbent president out, we’ll need to work together since none of the newcomers to the political sphere in Nigeria are in the Siamese twins as the Red Card Movement will call it.

Last week Thursday was the deciding day for who will be chosen as the consensus candidate.

Ghen Ghen Fela Durotoye came out as the candidate.
And Twitter went haywire.

I lowkey thought it would be Kingsley Moghalu, but this things happen. I was eagerly waiting to see the responses of the other candidates.
Of course, this is Nigeria. Anything can happen.

Lol. And ‘anything’ did happen.

So as usual, jumbled thoughts. I would itemise as it comes.
1. FD’s media team was extremely fast and quick with the posters declaring him as winner. Well , maybe all the candidates had theirs ready too
2. You made a PACT, and stayed till the end. The results didn’t favour you and you pulled out. That’s what seems to have happened.
3. Anyway, they had a section in PACT Memorandum of Understanding, that they could continue with their individual pursuits. This, to me, defeats the whole aim of PACT. Like, if you’ll still go ahead with your campaign why come together.
4. Do you have to have a political platform to effect change?
5. Wo! Nigeria is a country! 🍷

So, what was the purpose of PACT if y’all are still running individually?

This puts an interesting twist to the upcoming 2019 Presidential elections.

I’m done.
I think.

And yes, I think I’ve earned the right to rant all I want after the long hustle to get my Permanent Voters Card (well, it’s still the temporary one until INEC notifies when the actual PVC is ready)

P. S: What would really be interesting will be the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) primaries for the presidential slot. Lol.

Have a productive week! 😎😎