Nigeria progresses in Civil, Vital Statistics registrations – Population Commission
Bitrus Kozah, Abuja
Nigeria’s National Population Commission says the country has made significant progress in Civil and Vital Statistics registrations, CVRS.
The Chairman of the Commission Mr Nasir Kwarra said since 2018, Nigeria has honoured the decision of the Conference of Africa Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration held in Nouakchott, Mauritania in 2017.
He said the day was endorsed by the Executive Council of the African Union the following year.
The Africa Civil and Vital Registration Statistics, CVRS, is celebrated on the 10th of August every year since 2018 to create awareness on Civil and Vital Statistics in Africa.
He added that the purpose also “Increases public awareness on the importance of timely registration of vital events, particularly births and deaths, through well-functioning civil registration systems.”
The Chairman re-emphasised that the “Day provides an opportunity for a reflection on the legal identity from birth to death of all persons and the realization of key human and civil rights, including the right to participate in society, economy and the right to access social services.
“It should be noted that this year’s celebration of CRVS day will come before the 2023 Population and Housing Census,” he added.