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UN agency encourages family planning in Nigeria

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 The Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund is encouraging family planning in Nigeria to control the country's population growth.

   Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin told The Associated Press that allowing women to decide when to have children would benefit Nigeria's economy.

   He was responding to a U.N. report released Tuesday that highlights the economic benefits of shifting from high fertility to low fertility rates.

   The report claims Nigeria could benefit significantly from reducing its fertility rate which would allow the county's working age population to become larger than the dependent, younger population.

   Nigeria's population of 170 million people is expected to double in 22 years and surpass that of the U.S. by 2050 according to U.N. projections.

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