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Opinions of Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Columnist: Joel Savage

Can Ghana prevent the threat of overpopulation?

It has never been discussed because it’s not an issue of importance to the Ghanaian government but one of the serious factors taking its toll on the economy is the rapid increase of the population.

Ghana's population is increasing at a very fast rate. According to 'Worldometers,' in 2016, Ghana's population stands at 28,481,945 and currently stands at 30,670,449, in 2019.

That means within a relatively short period of three years, Ghana's population increased over two million.

Given that natural resources are limited in quantity, the first question we must ask ourselves is: if life in Ghana is getting tougher, what happens next if our resources are completely exhausted, due to the rapid growth of the country’s population?

The term overpopulation means the population in excess of the chances of life of a place or the population that exceeds the livelihoods of a given portion of land.

Although the problem of overpopulation is not often discussed by governments, yet, it is a big problem for the developed world, the elites, and the hierarchies. Very often, the developed world feels the impact of overpopulation in the third-world.

Every now and then, not too often, in the curtain of silence imposed on the press and the media, a breach is created and it happens that some scientist, politician or intellectual comes up with solutions of extreme cruelty.

These releases demonstrate both the seriousness of the problem and the proof that those who really sit in power are perfectly aware of the planetary disaster of human overpopulation.

For our dear nation Ghana to be a successful country, with a sustainable economy, the government has more to do than the fight against corruption because overpopulation leads to exhaustion of natural resources, environmental degradation, and rising unemployment.

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