Amid biting economic hardships, a former lawmaker, Ben Murray-Bruce, has suggested to the incoming minister of health and the federal government to launch a free condom distribution initiative.

Murray-Bruce said the suggestion is in light of the deepening economic challenges facing Nigerians, which have gravely impacted the middle class and exacerbated poverty levels.

In a post on his social media platform on Monday, the former lawmaker believes that ensuring accessibility to contraceptives is a crucial step in mitigating a potential population explosion.

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He wrote, “In light of the deepening economic challenges that Nigeria faces, which have gravely impacted the middle class and exacerbated poverty levels, it is imperative for the incoming Minister of Health or the federal government to launch a free condom distribution initiative immediately.

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“Ensuring accessibility to contraceptives is a crucial step in mitigating a potential population explosion, particularly when the financially constrained majority may prioritise basic necessities over family planning methods. An ounce of prevention now can avert a looming socio-economic catastrophe in the future.”