- Borno state is leading other states in the number of birth registrations conducted nationwide in the last five years
- Borno tops the birth registration rate with 172,878 boys and 190,438 girls, totaling 363,316
- Kano comes in second with the registration of 172,925 boys and 166,023 girls, totaling 338,948
The National Population Commission (NPC) has said in the number of birth registrations conducted nationwide in the last five years, Borno state is leading other states with 83% under-one registration and 20% under-five registration, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that Emmanuel Mark, the head of department, NPC’s vital registration department, said this on Thursday, August 16, in an interview, on the sideline of a media dialogue on birth registration in Kano, convened by the United Nations Children Education Fund, UNICEF, in support of the Child Right Information Bureau, Federal Ministry Information, Culture and Tourism.
Birth registration is the continuous, permanent, compulsory and universal recording of the occurrence and characteristics of birth, which is free for children aged between 0 and 17 at any healthcare facility across the country.
Mark said: “Apart from UNICEF, there are other organisations like the UNHCR and non-governmental organisations, NGOs, that supported us in the birth registration processes.
“What we also did to earn the glory was to assign our registrars not to only register at designated centres, but also register in private hospitals and internally displaced persons, IDP, camps. So we have to take advantage of the IDP camps across the state and register the children.”
The National Demographic Health Survey revealed that Borno tops the birth registration rate with 172,878 boys and 190,438 girls, totaling 363,316 within the period.
Kano came second on the chart with the registration of 172,925 boys and 166,023 girls, totaling 338,948.
Lagos state followed registering 117,586 boys and 113,998 girls, totaling 231,584, while Oyo State registered 86,615 boys and 86,522 girls, which gave a total figure of 173,137 registration.
The state with the lowest birth registration is Bayelsa: 7,567 boys and 7,309 girls registration with total figure of 14,876.
In a previous report by NAIJ.com, 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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