According to the two Federal Government bodies, a total of 231,584 registrations comprising 117, 586 boys and 113,998 girls have so far been recorded in Lagos State.
They spoke at a tw-day “Media Workshop on the Need to Scale Up Birth Registration in Lagos State’’, in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The workshop was organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Lagos State, in collaboration with UNICEF Abuja Office.
Mr Waheed Ishola, the Director of NOA, Lagos State Directorate, said: “On the upscale of birth registration in Lagos State, we found out that for some time now, the birth registration uptake of Under-5 in Lagos State is pretty low.
“And for us to meet the target that is being set, knowing that day in day out, we are having children born in the state, there is need for us to ensure that all the children born in Lagos are registered.
“We are targeting that one million children are registered before the end of 2019.’’
Ishola said registering the birth of a child had many benefits of which include the child having an identity.
However, he identified some challenges militating against the upscale of child birth registration to include lack of awareness on the importance of birth registration, touting, lack of manpower and equipment as well as adequate funding.
Also, Murphy Adigun, State Director, National Population Commission, told the Nigeria News Agency that it was free to register new births as well as for persons below the age of 17.
“Registration of child births is free and registration centres are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays except on public holidays.
“There are 122 birth registration centres in Lagos State; the number of registration centres in each local government varies according to their sizes and rate of birth registration in the LGA.
`They are located at Local Government Headquarters, Local Council Development Headquarters, Public Health Centres, General Hospitals, Town Halls, Secretariats or any other strategic places designed for the purpose of registering births.
“Some other areas are covered during immunisation days and we also intend having mobile registration centres,’’ he said.
Adigun also restated the benefits of birth registration.
“Registering births enables governments to plan well and make projections.
“It gives the child access to certain essential social services.
“The birth certificate is a legal document which can be used to access visas, scholarships, education and even employment opportunities.
“Most importantly, it is a critical component of a child’s identity,’’ he said.
Adigun urged parents to ensure they report births or register their child after the child is born.
(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)https://nnn.ng/npopc-noa-target-1m-new-birth-registrations-in-2019-in-lagos/
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