The Executive Director of the National Population Council Dr. Leticia Appiah, has said, if Ghana wants to eradicate poverty and empower citizens to have a stable life, then population growth must be checked.
According to her, if those below 15 years which constitute the dependency rate are more, it makes it difficult for the country to develop.
She was speaking at a day's workshop for media practitioners on the theme "Role of the media in promoting effective population management as key development agendas"
She emphasized the need for people to appreciate population control.
One of the major development challenges developing nations are faced with is population.
Dr. Appiah went on to state that, ‘’ excessive population has various adverse effects including undue pressure on natural resources.’’
The public should be told and made to understand the consequences of having too many children, she added.
Unplanned pregnancies she stressed affect population and in most cases, these children are deprived of education and when that occurs, illiteracy, diseases and other negative effects increases.
We need to communicate to the general public to expand their reasoning and understanding on the need for population control, she concluded.
The current population of Ghana is 29,222,946 as of Wednesday, February 14, 2018, based on the latest United Nations estimates. Ghana population is equivalent to 0.39% of the total world population.
Ghana ranks number 49 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
The population density in Ghana is 129 per Km2 (335 people per mi2). The total land area is 227,540 Km2 (87,854 sq. miles)
54.4 % of the population is urban (16,018,511 people in 2018)
The median age in Ghana is 20.5 years. (statistics from http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/ghana-population/)