Sudden Population increase has been one ofthe main factors hinderingthe country'’s progress overthe years, and Papua New GuineaGovernment is now planning to redesign country'’s Development Strategic Plan to address uncontrolled population growth.
CurrentlPNG has over 7 million people with an annual growth rate of 2.2 percent.
Minister Charles Abel describedthe trend as a threat to social, political and economic development.
To address this,the government wants to redesignthe National Strategic Development Plan.
“What is drivingthe demand in terms of developmentoneed for classrooms, health centres and allthe ther services in government? Fundamentally, it comes down tothe demand, and where isthe demand coming from? It’s coming fromthe more and more children and mouthful that we have to feed and allow to increase at a rate that we are not managing,” says Minister Able.
Mr. Abel was responding to questions on how government can best address this alarming concern.
Earlier, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill told parliament incentives to females atthe age of 25 years who do not have a child.
Mr. O’Neill said females will be encouraged to focus on education and futheringtheir careers before settling down.
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