NPopC explains Birth Certificate, Certificate of Live Birth




Abuja, April 28, 2019 Dr Suleiman Lawal, National Population Commission (NPopC) Commissioner in Kano state, on Sunday explained the difference between Certificate of Live to Birth and the Birth Certificate issued by the commission.

Lawal, who disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, said that both documents have unique functions which differentiates them.

“The Certificate of Live Birth is completed shortly after a baby is born in a hospital; it is the medical field’s way of documenting that a human being has entered the world.

“The Certificate of Live Birth includes the baby’s name, parents names, doctor’s name, hospital, sex, race, date of birth and name of person completing the record.

“The Certificate of Live Birth is the first `unofficial’’ document verifying that your mother gave birth to you alive.

“It is the hospital’s record of your birth and must be completed shortly after you come into the world,” he said.

Lawal said the certificate was supposed to be sent to the vital records office where it is used to create a Birth Certificate for a child.

“But in Nigeria, the hospitals do not send their data because there is no framework for it.’’

He said the Certificate of Live Birth would not be accepted as a replacement for a Birth Certificate.

Lawal said that the Birth Certificate is one of the most important document for any Nigerian.

“After a child is born, your birth certificate should be created; it is a government-issued form of identification given by the NPopC.

“A typical birth certificate includes the Name, City and Country of Birth, Date of Birth, Parents’ Names, including their Occupation, Address and Ethnicities.

“Let’s say the Certificate of Live Birth simply verifies that you are medically alive, whereas the Birth Certificate verifies who you are, who your parents are, where you were born and your date of birth.

“Without your Birth Certificate, you cannot prove who you are and this can cause many problems for you.

“Your Birth Certificate is a very important document and should be kept in some place safe and it should be protected,” Lawal advised.

He said it was wrong for Nigerians to obtain the certificate of live birth as substitute of a duly issued birth certificate by the NPopC.

He said NPopC officers are expected to carry put sensitisation at the grassroots about new births and issuing birth certificates after the newborns have been registered.

“If they are not doing it, then it is our responsibility to ensure they do it.

“So it is not a passive registration where someone sits in a place and wait for people to come; they are expected to reach out to people as part of their responsibilities,” he said.

According to Lawal, birth registration remains the first step towards recognising a child’s right as a human being.

“Specifically, birth registration is the official recording of the birth of a child through an administrative process of the state and it is a permanent and official record of a child’s existence.

“Through it, the government knows how many children are born, how many people died and the principal causes of their death.

“It will enable governments know better where to prioritise health investments,’’ Lawal said.

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NPopC congratulates Gambari on appointment as Buhari’s Chief of Staff



Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji, Acting Chairman, National Population Commission (NPopC), has congratulated Prof. Ibrahim Gambari on his appointment as the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, describing it as well deserved landmark appointment.
Oyetunji said this in a congratulatory message to the President made available to News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Wednesday.
He stated that the task before the new Chief of Staff would be challenging and expressed optimism that with Gambari’s pedigree he would live above board.
The acting chairman said, “ I wish on behalf of myself, Federal Commissioners, the director-general, management and staff of NPopC to congratulate Gambari.
“Your appointment at this very critical time occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic and the attendant national economic and social dislocations is a clear testimony of Mr President’s confidence in your competence.
“It is a clear confidence in your competence and ability to assist him in steering the ship of the nation through the difficult time.
“As the number one aide of the President and the head of the ‘engine room’ of the presidency, there is no doubt that the task ahead will be challenging.
“However, with your unassailable credentials and reputation as an accomplished academic of international repute, a consummate administrator and global diplomat with far reaching connections, I have no doubt that you have what it takes to assist Mr President.
“You have all it takes to assist Mr President in steering the ship of the nation through the difficult time and re-launching the nation into a new era of economic posterity and political stability.’’
As your former student, he added “ I am particularly proud that your numerous services to our country have not gone unnoticed.
“Your impressive experience and unblemished record spanning through your stay at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where you pioneered the establishment of the Department of International Relations was notable.
“Your stint as the Director-General of the National Institute of International Relations, your international assignment as Under Secretary and Special Representative at the UN and your former position as Minister of External Affairs are some of the noteworthy services you have rendered.’’
In a related development, Oyetunji condoled with the President on the death of the late Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari.
“For us in the commission, Kyari was a role model and a tremendous source of inspiration.
“When we met with him, he showed great knowledge and understanding of the mandate of the commission and re-assured us of his support towards the implementation of our activities.
“The commission, therefore, commiserates with your Excellency for the irreparable loss of this committed cerebral and quintessential technocrat.
“We are particularly saddened by the fact that he passed on at a time when the nation needed his administrative wealth of experience in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world,’’ he said.
The population chief said that the late Kyari would be remembered by his unparalleled loyalty to the President, impeccable integrity and effort to “entrench probity, accountability and transparency towards a corruption-free nation’’.

Edited By: Donald Ugwu (NAN)
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Oyo govt. launches digitised Certificate of Occupancy



The Oyo State Government has launched a digitised Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) issuance platform to make the processing and collection of title documents faster, easier and affordable.

This is contained in a statement issued on Sunday in Ibadan by Mr Abdu-Raheem Abiodun, the state’s Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

He said the state government would ensure that all land owners in the state have digitised title documents by December 2022 through accelerated provision of digitised title documents.

Abiodun explained that the processing and collection of C of O would take only 60 days under the Oyo State Home Owners Charter (OYHOC) scheme.

He added that government would bear the cost of survey, planning permission and all other relevant documents for applicants who do not have them under the OYHOC scheme.

The commissioner emphasised that all C of Os issued under the improved OYHOC would not only be digitised for ease of authenticity confirmation, but would also have the status of legal instrument.

“Property owners can now easily use their properties as collateral for any financial transaction as well as having their documentation on the digital database of the ministry for ease of confirmation and transfer,” he said.

Abiodun said records had shown that majority of residential landed properties in Oyo State have no registered title documents thereby exposing owners to risks.

He urged all eligible property owners without approved documents to take advantage of the opportunity.

Abiodun said application forms could be obtained at the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development at the state secretariat, all Local Government Authority Offices as well as Local Council Development Authority offices.

The commissioner also pointed out that the first 2,000 applicants would enjoy a 15 per cent discount.

Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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INEC presents Certificate of Return to house member-elect in Kwara




(2020) INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara, Malam Garba Attahiru-Madami on Tuesday presented certificate of return to Malam Ahmed Adam of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that won the March 14, 2020 House of Assembly bye-election in Patigi Constituency.

Speaking at the occasion in Ilorin, Resident Electoral Commissioner, Attahiru-Madami commended the six political parties that took part in the by-election for their peaceful conduct.

Attahiru-Madami appealed to leadership of political parties in Kwara to always live at peace with one another.

“Let us continue to live at peace with each other, let us continue to conduct elections peacefully in Kwara,” he said.

The REC expressed his satisfaction with the overall conduct of the Patigi by-election which he said his colleague from Osun, Mr Segun Agbaje attested to.

“My colleague in Osun who came to give me support said the by-election was wonderful, so I thank you for maintaining peace during the election.

“I thank the people of Kwara and Patigi in particular for their peaceful conduct during the by-election.

“I am particularly happy that there was no ballot box snatching, no fight, no rancor throughout the election period,” he said.

He urged Adam to always discharge his duties according to the constitution and with utmost sense of responsibility.

APC Vice Chairman, Chief Theophilus Oyebiyi, commended the commissioner for a job well done as regards the Patigi by-election.

“I have always been saying it that you are a trusted person with impeccable integrity, you have not disappointed us,” Oyebiyi said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the presentation of the certificate was brief with few APC chieftains and party supporters because all activities at the commission have been suspended because of COVIC-19.

Edited By: Hawa Lawal/Kayode Olaitan
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NGOs caution NPopC, others against birth registration extortion



Population opC), and relevant stakeholders, have been cautioned against extorting money from citizens during birth registration.

Community , and the Investigative , gave the warning on Monday in Abuja, in a joint news conference to mark the 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day.

Agbonsuremi ’s Executive Director, described birth registration as one of the biggest current corruption channel where ordinary Nigerians were made to pay to get their newborns registered in the country.

Birth registration is supposed to be free in Nigeria, and it is the responsibility of the NPopC to keep the birth record as it keeps death records, because both are important for national planning.

Corruption is a major problem facing Nigeria and it is robbing the citizens of the dividends of good governance,’’ he said.

He noted that birth registration of children in Nigeria had been low, in spite of the initiative introduced in 2012 by NPC with the support of United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) (Nigeria) to address the problem.

According to him, extortion of money by birth registration officials across the country has denied the country from registering a large number of births.

This he said had further hampered appropriate record keeping for actual number of births recorded in the country in a year.

He noted that with increasing demand for birth certificates for different purposes, many Nigerians had missed opportunities such as scholarships, oversea trips and admissions among others.

With this reality, parents are now eager to get their children registered but the exercise is marred by extortion and lack of adequate registration centres in rural areas.

It became worrisome when the officials saddled with the childbirth registration are those that are culpable of this crime in spite of the fact that registration is the first step towards recognising a child’s inalienable rights as a human being.

An investigation by the ICIR revealed that the task of documenting the birth of Nigerian babies has been taken over by touts and profiteers who collect dubious fees from unsuspecting parents,’’ he said.

He called on anti-graft agencies to beam their searchlights on the NPopC’s birth registration with a view to ending the corruption, sanitising the system, and prosecuting culpable officials.

He further said that UNICEF in a report titled “Good practices: Working towards free and universal birth registration’’ stated that costs related to fees had always been a barrier to increased birth registration.

He, however, said UNICEF recommended the prohibition of payment for birth registration in some countries such as Nigeria, Senegal and Rwanda among others.

The Executive Director urged the Federal Government to look into the recommendation.

PRIMORG is focused on advocating for good governance and accountability. It fights corruption generally, sensitises and mobilises citizens to participate wisely in government activities such as election.

Anti-Corruption Day is celebrated globally on Dec. 9, to tackle corruption in all fields of life.

Edited by: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
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