Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has said that a large population in his country will help boost it’s economy.
He has officially asked Tanzanian women to “set your ovaries free” and produce more children.
Magufuli believes such a move will boost the country’s economy, turning it into a regional powerhouse.
He said that “When you have a big population you build the economy. That’s why China’s economy is so huge.”
“They do not want to work hard to feed a large family. And that is why they opt for birth control and end up with one or two children” he adds.
However Tanzania has chalked some sustained economic growth, averaging six to seven percent a year, over the past decade.
The East African nation of 55 million people has one of the world’s highest birth rates which is around five children per woman.
Tanzania’s population grows by about 2.7 percent annually. The impact is that most public hospitals and schools are overcrowded.
Many young people are also without jobs, similar to the situation in other African countries.
Countries like Nigeria and Ghana, population experts are rather advising families to adopt birth control measures.