The United Nations has just released Nigeria’s Common Country Analysis, CCA.
The report analysed the different sectors of the country.
It was read during a consultative meeting on the formulation of the UN Development Assistance Framework IV (UNDAF IV) for the South East geo-political zone in Awka.
It revealed that before now there had been common reports of segregation, violence and oppression from a variety of segments in the country.
“Nigeria is a deeply divided society considering the plurality of ethnic, religious and regional identities that define her political existence.”
Nigeria’s Common Country Analysis also showed that the nation’s development and social indices is in an awkward state.
It was found that the West African nation which is the 7th most populated country in Africa with a 2014 estimated population of 178.5 million people will become one of the world’s most populous countries by 2019.
“Her (Nigeria’s) population will be approximately 200 million by 2019 and over 400 million by 2050, becoming one of the top five populous countries in the world.”
Increasing in population is not in itself a curse, rather the problem is that the much there are at the moment are not well taken care of.
“Nigeria is one of the poorest and most unequal countries in the world, with over 80 million or 64% of her population living below poverty line.”
“In Nigeria, 37% of children under five years old were stunted, 18 percent wasted, 29% underweight and overall, only 10% of children aged 6-23 months are fed appropriately based on recommended infant and young children feeding practices.”
At present the unemployment rate in the country has risen up to a whooping 42%. This likewise poses a threat to the increase in crime rates across the country.
Nigeria’s Common Country Analysis says that more than 10 million Nigerian children are not in school, worse still with no knowledge nor skills.
The report also acknowledged the nonchalance of leaders over time as regards the protection of the environment, ecosystem and natural resources.
“Between 1990 and 2000, Nigeria lost an average of 409,700 hectares of forest per year on average deforestation rate of 3.5% per annum.”
Other challenges will include climate change, inter-communal clashes, insurgencies and recurring environmental challenges like floods.
Summing it all up, the UN, judging from Nigeria’s Common Country Analysis, CCA, advised the federal government to employ a radical and new approach to developing and transforming the nation.
It also advised on the essence of good governance, peace, security and a more dynamic and inclusive productive informal sector.