A former lawmaker elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, has advised the President Bola Tinubu administration to prioritize the distribution of free condoms and other contraceptives to Nigerians.
Murray-Bruce said the suggestion is in light of the lingering economic challenges facing Nigerians given the country’s increasing population.
In a post on his social media page on Monday, August 14, the former Bayelsa lawmaker believes that ensuring accessibility to contraceptives is a crucial step in mitigating a potential population explosion.
His tweet reads: “In light of the deepening economic challenges that Nigeria faces, which have gravely impacted the middle class and exacerbated poverty levels, it is imperative for the incoming Minister of Health or the federal government to launch a free condom distribution initiative immediately.
“Ensuring accessibility to contraceptives is a crucial step in mitigating a potential population explosion, particularly when the financially constrained majority may prioritise basic necessities over family planning methods. An ounce of prevention now can avert a looming socio-economic catastrophe in the future.”