Governor Udom Emmanuel with Children
The Akwa Ibom State government has announced that the State’ population that was initially estimated at three million in 2006 has increased to over six million in 2018 as a result of the industrialisation policy of Governor Emmanuel Udom.
This was disclosed by the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Economic Development, Labour and Manpower Planning, Ekong Sampson, in Uyo during the launch of the Akwa Ibom State Demographic Dividend Profile, a compendium of the state’s demographic data, published by the Ministry.
He said: “The current population estimate has grown drastically from 3,902,051 in 2006 to the current estimate of about 6million, with a projection to reach 7.3 million in 2025 and 10.7 million in 2030. The commissioner also added: “that if the growing population is not
checked, would double itself in 2039’’.
Akwa Ibom Children
He attributed the state’s population explosion to peace, security and industrialization drive of Governor Udom Emmanuel, but warned of the adverse effect if the increment was not matched with a commensurate supply of resources.
“The rapid growth and expansion experienced in the population of Akwa Ibom State have been linked to the prevailing peace, improved security and attractions created by the industrialization drive of the Governor Emmanuel’s administration in the state.
“These, over the years, have drawn population from various parts of Nigeria and the world at large to the state. But there are possible adverse effects, especially if it grows faster than the supply of other resources. Such consideration made it imperative to search for
solutions to population problems and pressures, hence the production of the document, Akwa Ibom Demographic Profile.”
Governor Udom Troubled by Population Explosion
The Commissioner affirmed that the document was comprehensive and contains information in all relevant areas that can provide the necessary framework to guide the state government formulate appropriate policies and take necessary actions.
The commissioner urged stakeholders to make the best use of the document.