Monday, 12 August 2013

ISSUES: More People, More Poverty?!

The continent with the most rapid population growth, Africa, is actually growing poorer. Everywhere in the continent, in every kind of culture, the poorest people have the most children.
Does having many children make people poor? Or does being poor make people have many children?

Some argue that the rapid population growth aggravates poverty in developing countries by producing a high ratio of dependent children for each working adult. This leads to a relatively high percentage of income being spent on immediate survival needs of food, housing, and clothing, leaving little money for purchase of elective goods or for investment in the economy, education, government services, or infrastructure.

The relationship between population and poverty is neither obvious nor well established

I think a poor man is anyone who's monthly expenses is greater than monthly active income. This kind of person borrows from his future to meet the needs of his present.

Job creation in Nigeria has been inadequate to keep pace with the expanding working age population. The official unemployment rate has steadily increased from 12% of the working age population in 2006 to 24% in 2011.

Nevertheless, I have a question for the poor people. "Why give birth to 3 children, when you can't take proper care of 1?" Some even give birth to eight (8) children and blame government for their family problems...

What do you think?!

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