The National Population Commission has urged residents of Gombe state to take advantage of the free birth registration process, which found that 191,222 children had been registered by 2021.
The NPC chairman, Nasir Kwarra, addressed journalists in Gombe on Thursday as he commemorates this year’s civic and vital statistics of Africa, with the theme “Using coordination, country leadership and ownership to strengthen civil registration and vital statistics systems: a vehicle for #countingeveryone’ , and emphasizes that it represents 76 percent.
Represented by a federal commissioner, Abubakar Danburam, Kwarra said the purpose of the celebration was to raise public awareness of the importance of timely recording of vital events, “particularly births and deaths, through well-functioning civil registration systems”.
He said CRVS Day would provide an opportunity to reflect on the legal identity from birth to death of all persons and the realization of important human and civil rights.
Kwarra said: “The birth registration is free and anyone over the age of 18 is entitled to a certificate. We want the people of the state of Gombe to know the importance of birth registration, they must register their children from birth and death, that is the essence of this celebration.
“They need to work on registration, our locations are in the 11 local government areas. Attestation is only N2,000 for someone over 18.
According to Kwarra, civil rights would be strengthened with an efficient and effective registration and vital statistics system, with the promise that it would be inclusive, permanent, continuous, mandatory and confidential.
The state’s NPC director Jude Maigari also noted that the 191,222 births recorded in 2021 represent 76 percent.
He said: “2010 we had 41 percent, in 2020 we had about 65 percent because of the Covid-19 and 2021 we had a total number of registered children of 76 percent.”