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Uganda\'s Population to Leap to 40 million by 2020-NPA

. According to Dr. Rwendeire, unless the population growth is unchecked, the number could rise to 46.7 million by 2025.
25 Jun 2015 09:52

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Uganda\'s population is projected to increase to at least 40.6 million by 2020, according to the National Planning Authority-NPA.

 

Dr. Abel Rwendeire, the Deputy Chairperson National Planning Authority singles out the high fertility rate in Uganda as the major driver for the population increase.

 

Uganda's fertility rate stands at 6.2 per cent, one of the highest in the World. According to Dr. Rwendeire, unless the population growth is unchecked, the number could rise to 46.7 million by 2025.

Dr. Rwendeire made this observation while speaking at a public symposium organized by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics under the theme, “Uganda at 34.9 Million-A Blessing, Challenge or Dilemma?”

The 2014 National Population and Housing Census provisional figures placed Uganda\'s population at 34.9 million, with 94.5 males per 100 females recorded.

Dr. Rwendeire says with more than 60 per cent, about 20 million people being youths, Uganda\'s population has also been plagued by the dependency burden, where government and a few people are constrained to provide basic amenities such as health and education services.

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Dr. John Ssekamate-Ssebuliba, the head of Social Sector Planning at the NPA says in some areas where census results indicated low population, some politicians have used this to incite the population to produce more children.

Dr. Ssebuliba says this becomes burdensome to government in providing quality services to the population.

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He suggests that the population growth should be curtailed through increased use of family planning services and provision of quality education among others.

UBOS is expected to release the final results of Uganda\'s population in December this year.

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