Ooni of Ife: Africa’s population to hit 2.8bn by 2060

Adeolu Adeyemo

 

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Babatunde Adeyeye, yesterday remarked that demographic dividend from this millennium generations, occasioned by fascinating growth, may likely alter the continent’s socio-economic development. He noted that the reality of Africa’s rapid population expansion is likely to reach 2.8 billion by the year 2060, following these developments.

The monarch, who argued that with the incredible and remarkable youths’ population who are gaining new knowledge, modern skills acquisitions, technology agility, dexterity and adroit-ness, the continent is assured of an expanded population growth by year 2060. Speaking at an award programme organised by the Ooni of Ife in conjunction Royal African young leadership forum at Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-ife for outstanding Nigerians in different disciplines, the Monarch stressed that with the World Bank statistics, 65 per cent of those counted as youths were energetic and innovative driven demography. He said: “Africa is already regarded as the next economics frontier in the globalisation and the eagles eyes of the global community would continue to see a continent that is rich both in human and natural resources.”

The monarch also opined that, “sheer size, young population explosion, innovation development, sophisticated creative culture and the continent diversity distinctiveness are true potential that are attracting global attention into the continent. “Africa is reaping a tremendous demographic dividend from this millennium generations with exciting and fascinating growth which is altering the continent’s socio-economic development.” In his speech, the Minister of Youths and Sport Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, described importance of youths in any given society as a necessity.

He, however, called for youths to be included in the scheme of things in every given society for the rapid advancement of such society. Dare, who revealed that 1.5million of the nation youths were targeted to be employed in a designed programme by the Federal Government, described their involvement in governance as second to none.

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