Agency launches e-birth registration campaign in Nasarawa State

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The National Orientation Agency has launched an e-birth registration campaign for children from birth to age 17, across the 147 electoral wards in Nasarawa State. The campaign is in collaboration with the National Population Commission (NPC).

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Nasarawa State Director of NOA, Dr. Priscilla Gondualor, while speaking during the ceremony on Thursday in Lafia, said that the agency was partnering with traditional rulers to enlighten the people on the need for birth registration.

According to her, childbirth registration is a foundation for accurate population census to enable government at all levels to make adequate provision for education, health, sporting and other social facilities for the people.

Gondualor said that several government facilities, particularly schools and hospitals were overstretched due to a lack of accurate population figures that would guide the government to make adequate provisions.

“It is critical to register children at birth to enable government at all levels to effectively plan for its citizens.We have influential and respected traditional rulers, who are expected in their traditional way to lead the people to mobilise and sensitise parents, and caregivers to make their children available for registration,” she said.

She also explained that personnel of NPC would be available at all the polling units for the next three weeks across the state to ensure the registration of children from birth to 17 years.

Alhaji Ahmad-Yahaya Doma, State Director of NPC, called on the people of the state to use the opportunity provided by the commission to register their children for free.

In his remarks, Justice Sidi Bage, the Emir of Lafia and chairman of Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs, also emphasised the importance of birth registration as a vital tool that would enable the government to effectively plan for the people.

The Emir gave assurances that the traditional institution would assist in ensuring the success of the exercise. He urged other traditional rulers, village and district heads across the state to take the message to their domains.

“We give you our words, we will do our best using the structure that we have in place, from district head, village head to the ward head. We will sensitise them, we will instruct them to go deep down to carry out this important message,” he said.



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