Health

Demand for CRVS low in Nigeria — NPC Chairman

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Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji, Acting Chairman, National Population Commission (NPC) has decried the low demand for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS), in the country in spite of legal provisions and its benefits.


He said this at an event to commemorate the year 2020 Africa Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Day and inauguration of Automation and Digitisation of NPC system on Monday in Abuja

CRVS is defined by the UN as the continuous, permanent, compulsory, confidential and universal recording by registration of the occurrence and the characteristics of vital events pertaining to population as provided through legal requirements of each country.

Oyetunji blamed the low demand for and use of CRVS on inadequate awareness and apathy.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the year 2020 celebration is: “Civil Registration and Vital Statistics: An Essential Service for Monitoring and Mitigating the Impact of Emergencies”.

The NPC acting chairman said, “Birth registration coverage for instance is still as low as 43 per cent while registration for deaths is at an abysmal low level of 10 per cent.

“Key among the factors that have continued to bedevil CRVS in the country include lack of awareness and apathy toward registration of vital events.’’

Oyetunji pledged the resolve of the commission to continue to provide effective and efficient CRVS system in line with the vision of the African Union (AU).

He said that the AU in partnership with Economic Commission for Africa conceived the African Programme on Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (APAICRVS), as paradigm shift from fragmented approach to a holistic system.

Oyetunji also said that the inauguration of automated and digital CRVS system was a shift from the old system and was capable of detecting double birth or death registrations.

The acting chairman said that the commission was already in the process of implementing the Strategic plan when COVID-19 broke out disrupting access to civil registration due to restriction of movement under the lockdown.

He described the theme of the year 2020 celebration as key to sustaining continuity in implementation in spite of the effects of COVID-19.

“The theme is aimed at drawing attention to the benefits of CRVS in emergencies such as COVID-19.

“The registration of the vital events of births and deaths can be used to monitor the spread and intensity of the pandemic while at the same time helping to provide information on possible strategies that can be evolved to mitigate its effects.”

Malam Muhammad Bello, Minister of FCT, commended the NPC for a big achievement, saying that the theme was not only apt but coming at the right time.

Bello emphasised the imperatives of identifying the magnitude of the pandemic with the aim of responding accordingly through the necessary interventions using the vital statistics.

He expressed confidence in the CRVS’ automation system to drive a reliable data for birth registration to enhance the health and safety of residents in FCT and Nigeria at large.

Also speaking, Mr Aliyu Aziz, Director-General, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), expressed delight at the inauguration, describing CRVS as crucial and essential in the development of any country.

Aziz, who said that CRVS was a roadmap to generating data for policy makers to drive development, called for collective engagement of all to move the country forward.

Mr Peter Hawkins, Country Representative, UNICEF, said that reliable CRVS was critical to monitoring programmes as well as achieving Sustainable Development Goals.

He reiterated UNICEF’s commitment to supporting Nigeria to achieve reliable legal identity and called on other African countries to emulate Nigeria in providing dependable CRVS.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Flood: 1 out of 14 passengers rescued in Sokoto mishap 

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One corpse was recovered out of 14 passengers in a vehicle that plunged into River Rima Bridge,  along Tashar Illela on Sokoto-Kware-Illela road in SokotoState, due to flooding.


News Agency of Nigeria recalls that a commercial vehicle,  carrying 14 passengers on Thursday, plunged into the river  as water submerged the road including the bridge.

A Rescue Officer from National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Mr Aminu Ambursa, told NAN  that as at Saturday morning,  only one dead body was recovered and taken to Specialist Hospital Sokoto.

Ambursa said the rescue was  still in progress by  combined efforts of police, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) Sokoto State and Federal Fire Services.

He said other officials were from Sokoto State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and Transport unions.

He explained that the rescue  became tough due to high volume of  water that flooded the whole area.

According to him, officials have  to seek  assistance from construction firms for heavy duty crane, local divers and canoe divers for the mission.

Ambursa said the passenger vehicle involved in the accident  was spotted, but however, could not be removed because it was hooked to  a deep hole and passing water was still much.

Another rescue official from the  federal fire service, Muhammad Jibril, said efforts were still in progress to remove the vehicle along with human bodies.

A local diver, Muhammadu Sada, said they deployed different tactics to save the passengers’ lives, stressing that the high water level contributed to the mission’s  difficulties.

Sada explained that the area had not recorded such flooding in a long while  and cautioned road users to beware of crossing the bridge because of the magnitude of the flood.

A resident, Maccido Ibrahim, told NAN that the public voluntarily contributed money for local divers.

“We raised N8,000 from the contributions and a philanthropist, Alh. Ahmadu Maidoya, and others  contributed about N80,000 for canoe and local divers,” he said.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of Sokoto State Ministry of Environment, Malam Abubakar Gani, said the Commissioner, Alh.  Sagir Bafarawa, was not in town.

Gani said the ministry and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) were aware of the situation, however, could not  speak  on their contribution to save peoples’ lives,  being the responsibility of the ministry.

The PRO assured to update the media on the situation,  noting that the ministry had earlier alerted residents on the possibility of the flood and advised people to use alternative routes.

A Public Analyst, Prof. Bello Bada, said the incident portrayed poor training and lack of techniques on disaster management and rescue operations by Nigerian officials.

Bada, from Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto,  said the situations could attract public demonstrations  as obtained in other countries where they value human lives.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN

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Edo Election: European Centre decries non-compliance to COVID-19 protocols

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The European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES), on Saturday said voters in Ologbosere primary school, ward 4 with 40 units and other polling units they visited were not observing the COVID-19 guidelines as stipulated in the INEC policy.


Mr Wilson Manji, the deputy project coordinator, told the News Agency of Nigeria , that although the voters were all wearing face masks but they did not maintain social distancing.

“So far the election is going smoothly and calm. We are at Ologbosere primary in Ikpoba-Okha local government area of the state.

“So far everything is peaceful and calm here. Just that the INEC staff just arrived at about 10a.m. and accreditation and voting started at about 10.30a.m. instead of 8.30a.m,” he said.

According to him, the polling officers came with hand sanitisers and thermometers to check the temperature of every voter.

On his part, the Head, INEC Voter Education and Publicity, Timidi Wariowei, told newsmen at INEC office in Benin that most of the polling units and voting points started voting at 8.30a.m.

“But we are aware that there are some few isolated cases that started 9.a.m. or after 9.a.m. because of some issues they needed to sort out.

“From the reports we are getting, almost all the polling units have started voting,” he said.

Wariowei, however, said he observed that the voters were all wearing face masks but did not maintain social distancing.

According to Wariowei, before I left the polling units I visited, I educated the people on the need to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 regulations by maintaining social distancing for the safety of all.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN

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Edo 2020: Card Readers fail to authenticate fingerprints in Esan West, Central

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The Card Readers provided for the Edo Governorship election to authenticate fingerprints of voters in Esan West and Esan Central Local Government Areas of Edo on Saturday failed to recognise some voters.


Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria , who monitored the election in the areas, report that while the Card Readers easily identified the voter cards, they failed to authenticate their fingerprints.

This abnormally was noticeable at the polling units in Ward 5 (Uhunmudumu Primary School), and units 14, 15 and 16 (Emado Primary School) in Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area.

The same was applicable in units 5 and 6, Ward 6 (Idumebo Primary School), in Esan Central Local Government Area.

However, NAN reports that the voters were still allowed to vote after the cases were incidented on INEC form after which the voters were made to thumb print in the form.

Meanwhile, Mr Victor Edoro, a politician in the area and an ex-commissioner in Edo, Mr Gideon Obhakhan, have described the exercise as impressive.

They described the voting process as peaceful and orderly, with compliance to COVID-19 Pandemic containment protocols.

Edoro, who voted at his voting centre in Idumebo Primary School, Irrua, Esan Central Local Government Area, described the voting process as “peaceful and hitch free.”

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Source: NAN

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Foundation donates food, other gifts items to widows in Abuja

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Smile Attracts Smile Foundation (SASF), a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), has empowered 25 widows with food, cash, clothes and shoes, among other items, as a way of putting smiles on their faces.


News Agency of Nigeria reports that at the maiden edition of the foundation’s meeting on Saturday in Abuja, the widows were full of praises to the foundation.

Major items such as rice, spaghetti, indomie, seasoning, vegetable oil, salt, bread, Ankara materials, shoes and cash were distributed to widows.

Mrs Bukola Adewumi, founder of the SASF, said empowering widows was a dream come through for her, adding that her mother was also a widow and knew what she went through during the period, until she passed on.

”This is like a burden to me, my mother was a widow, I knew what she went through, the struggle and I have nursed this ambition from my university days and also given the little I had then,” she said.

Adewumi said she had been giving her widow’s mite before now, but that it was time to establish a foundation that would be readily available to cater  for their needs.

She noted that her greatest joy would be to see the widows smile, stressing that it was the essence of establishing the foundation to assist widows.

According to her, SASF will not only be about sharing food items, but would also ensure that the widows are trained on entrepreneurial skills, in other to have a ready source of livelihood.

She explained that the foundation would  acquire land and build a widow’s home, in a bid to have projects running there.

”Whatever money we make as proceeds will be plough back to the widows,” she said.

Adewumi said the foundation would have a data base where the names and details of all widows would be saved, for possible support, adding that widows, who register with her foundation, would no longer be a liabilities.

She then called on public spirited Nigerians to contribute to the foundation in the drive to help the widows out of doldrums, adding that their financial support would help cushion their plight.

Mrs Elizabeth Aledare, a resident of Lugbe Airport road, lauded the foundation, adding that the gesture was a divine intervention for her as she and her children had nothing to eat at the moment.

She said that one of her children was billed to return to school come Sept. 21, but that the fear of getting her food had overwhelmed her, until the foundation intervened.

Aladare, 53, from Kogi, who had been a widow for 12 years, said she would remain grateful for the swift intervention by the foundation.

Mrs Chinese Ozor, one of the beneficiaries, a 40 -year-old widow from Enugu, who lost her husband in 2016, commended the organiser, describing the initiative as a timely intervention.

She said such gesture would linger in her memory, while calling for support from Nigerians for the foundation to be able to reach out to other widows.

Mrs Binta Aminu, another  beneficiary, 42, from Katsina, who lost her husband in 2018, said the intervention by the foundation was heartwarming.

Aminu said she could not believe her eyes with the items provided by the foundation, while commending the organiser for the kind gesture.

Mary Adeyemi, 23,  from Oyo, who lost her husband in 2019, described the gesture as huge and wonderful.

The young widow urged other public spirited Nigerians to join hands with SASF to reduce the burden of widows in the country.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide
Source: NAN

The Smile Attaracts Smile Foundation (SASF) distributing food items on Saturday in Abuja

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