The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, has denied statements attributed to her about the need to reduce the number of children a mother should have as a way of controlling the population of the oil-rich nation.

Ahmed while responding to questions during a session at the 24th Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja, noted that the country’s population had been identified as one of the great challenges confronting the successful implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

“We have been engaging traditional rulers and other leaders.

"Specifically, we have found out that to be able to address one of the great challenges that we identified in the ERGP, which is the growth in our population, we need to engage these institutions.

“And we hope that with their support, we will get to a point where we can come out with the policy that limits the number of children that a mother can have because that is important for sustaining our growth," she said.

After reports of her statement were published, the Minister said she was quoted out of contest, with her ministry tweeting about it. 

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"We urge the public to dismiss the statement attributed to the Minister of Finance, that FG will limit the number of children per-mother, her position was clear; to her, child spacing will allow the economy have a chance at growing well enough to cater for every child's need.

"The Minister of Finance, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed was quoted out of context when she said FG is working closely with Traditional and Religious leaders to educate their members on Child Spacing. Page 95 of the ERGP touched on Population Growth Management," a tweet on the Twitter page of the Ministry of Finance read.

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