7 million births are recorded in Nigeria annually - UNICEF

7 million births are recorded in Nigeria annually - UNICEF

- A recent report by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) revealed seven million children are born annually in Nigeria

- UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Mohammed Fall, said the nation has to improve civil registration and vital statistics to adequately address the country’s population challenges

- Eze Duruiheoma, the chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), said the total annual birth in Nigeria is equal to the total population of Rwanda

The total annual births in Nigeria have been put at seven million children by a report from the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).

This was disclosed at the maiden commemoration of the Africa Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Day held in Abuja.

Mohammed Fall, the UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, speaking at the event, said the country has to improve civil registration and vital statistics such as births and deaths to adequately address the nation’s population challenges.

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Fall also said 10.5 million Nigerian children are out of school and 70 per cent of all married Nigerian women were married before the age of 15.

Eze Duruiheoma, the chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), said Nigeria will fully transit from manual registration of births and deaths to digital registration across the commission’s 3,600 registration centres in the country.

The total annual birth in Nigeria is equal to the total population of Rwanda, which indicates that the number of children born in Nigeria in a single year could make up a country.

NAIJ.com previously reported that the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged all countries to provide fathers with legally paid paternity leave to enable them have adequate time to spend with their newborn babies.

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Almost two-thirds of the world’s children under the age of one live in countries where fathers are not legally entitled to any paid paternity leave, according to a new analysis by UNICEF, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

There are also 92 countries which lack national policies ensuring that new fathers get adequate paid time off, to spend with their newborn babies, UNICEF said.

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