News Express banner Camano banner
Programme boosts number of births registered in Nigeria by 29 million

By News Express on 16/04/2019

Views: 292

•UNICEF Rep in Nigeria, Mohamed Fall
•UNICEF Rep in Nigeria, Mohamed Fall

A birth registration programme implemented by the National Population Commission (NPopC), with support from UNICEF, has increased the number of children between the ages of zero and 17 years registered in Nigeria by about 29 million.

According to the evaluation report launched on Monday in Abuja, for children under one year of age, the programme increased by more than 100 per cent the number of children registered – from 3 million in 2012 to 11 million in 2016.

“Low rates of birth registration is a challenge in Nigeria,” said Mohamed Fall, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria.

“In 2011, the birth registration rate was 41 percent, which means that three in every five children were not registered. This lack of birth registration negatively affects a child’s ability to access his or her right to health care, education and many other rights.”

It was in this context that the programme was initiated to accelerate birth registration rates - particularly for children under the age of 5, between 2012 and 2016. 

The programme made significant improvements in strengthening the birth registration system in Nigeria. At the level of infrastructure, the numbers of NPopC Registrars/Centres increased to nearly 4000 in 2016 from about 3,000 in 2012, helping to achieve a harmonised, accessible and efficient birth registration system, which now functions as an integral part of civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) in Nigeria.

The programme’s use of ICT tools for birth registration introduced target-driven performance in all of the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Nigeria. The LGAs now have specified targets, reports and performance ranking.

Some key benefits of the programme are: fully sustained partnership and convergence with health interventions; innovative use of ICT tools and applications; and a strong link with the national CRVS Strategic Plan (2018-22).

The report asked NPopC, as a primary service provider, to take “greater ownership and a proactive approach” on registration of newborn children and all other children who are still unregistered. NPopC is advised to prioritise digitization, advocacy, and lobbying for more funds to effectively implement the Strategic CRVS Plan (2018-2022).

Birth registration remains pivotal to child wellbeing in Nigeria, Overall survey results, as part of the evaluation, indicate that nearly half of the survey respondents perceived that an increase in birth registration can help reduce child rights violations.

Source News Express

Posted 16/04/2019 12:17:03 PM

 


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
725-hour nonstop concert for peaceful election begins in...

NHRC must push for quick investigation into Bukhari’s...

Angry Oni threatens to dump APC with supporters...

Another millionaire emerges in Fidelity Bank promo

IGP restores salaries of officer after radio talk...

Telecom operators give reasons for network interruption

NNPC spends N1.6bn on repairs of pipeline

No freedom for Nnamdi Kanu, no peace —IPOB...

Job creation: Breakthrough for Obiano as SABmiller assures...

Impeachment blues: Adamawa lawmakers turn heat on Nyako,...

Adeosun discusses Nigeria’s housing challenge with breps of...

No justification for my parents' ordeal but we...

 

Latest News Scores of travellers abducted along Birnin Gwari – Kaduna road How four Boko Haram suspects were arrested in Auchi Gunmen kidnap 8 women, one other in Niger Police raid FUTO, nab cultists Killer Herdsmen, Bandits, Kidnappers: It is time for state police before we all die — CAN Traditional council shuts down Baptist church indefinitely over ‘cleansing’ by Pastor Police recover weapons at PDP, APC secretariats in Kano, arrest eight suspects Ministerial appointments: The cabinet Buhari needs — Bakare Buhari to tribunal: I beat Atiku in his polling unit No apologies over bombing of bandits — Yari Loss of lives should stop¸ Ishaku tells Taraba residents at Easter Atiku: I was born by Nigerian parents from Sokoto, Jigawa

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (470,261 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (414,730 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (352,208 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (301,653 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (265,900 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (238,985 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (225,921 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (207,458 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (196,444 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (188,471 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (179,005 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (178,431 views)

 

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (86) Business & Economy (4,209) Business Verdict (65) Columnists (1,017) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (208) Entertainment (607) Features (746) Global Business Monitor (343) ICT Monitor (35) International (3,339) Interview (176) Live Commentary (29) Love Matters (155) Maggie's Blog (232) News (45,176) Opinion (1,225) Pidgin (17) Politics (10,627) Religion (982) Sports (1,963) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera