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Trends in Bauchi birth registration

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By Abraham Adekunle

UNICEF urges residents to help in aid planning and development.

It is customary for every child to go through the process of birth registration in Nigeria. According to Section 5 of the Child Rights Act 2003, “Every child has the right to a name and that the birth of every child shall be registered.” Even before this law was enacted, the Federal Government of Nigeria promulgated the “Births and deaths Compulsory Registration” Decree 39 in 1979. So, in every sense of the statement, the parent(s) of a child is/are meant to submit the details of a newborn child to the government via the local government.

However, reverse is the case in Nigeria. In 2019, data showed that Nigeria has the largest number of unregistered children in sub-Saharan Africa. These children, who are often below the age of five, are deprived of their right to an identity, name and nationality. Legally, this process is the first step towards recognizing a child’s undisputable rights as a human being and citizen of the country. Globally, 50 million newborns are unregistered every year. Of this, about 70 percent of the five million children born annually in Nigeria are not registered.

There is a need to scale up registration in Bauchi State.

According to the 2021 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), the statistics showed that Bauchi faired at 38.3 percent. In fact, in 2022 when a joint UNICEF-FG performance review took place in the organization’s Bauchi Field Office, Bauchi was found to be one of the lowest performers in birth registration. This is why the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged residents of Bauchi State to do better at registering their newborns. While speaking at the three-day Operational Plans for Birth Registration, 2023 Orientation and Planning Meeting for the massive scale up in Bauchi State, Chief of Field Office, Dr. Tushar Rane, revealed that obtaining a certificate showing the details of being born for a child confirms the identity, nationality and age of the child.

He stressed that the steps to doing this are important in the state as well as in any other state for a number of reasons. One of these reasons is for planning and development. Registering a child provides the government essential data for putting plans in place, such as determining the number of school-aged children in a particular area or assessing healthcare needs of the people. He said that there is a very critical need to intensify efforts to scale up this data collection especially to children under the age of five.

Children without certificates are at so much higher risks.

Dr. Rane noted that without a certificate proving birth, a child may face difficulties in accessing basic services such as education and healthcare, as well as in exercising their rights as a citizen. The identity is for protection from exploitation and abuse. Children without it are at a higher risk of exploitation and abuse, such as child labor, child trafficking, and forced marriage. Apart from these shortcomings, it is also needed for participating in certain important democratic processes such as voting. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) requires proof of citizenship and other details. The certificate is a valid document for this.

The UNICEF member of staff stated that the agency will continue to work with the Bauchi State Office of the National Population Commission as well as the government and people of Bauchi State to scale up the registration of births in the state by strengthening routine registration focusing on children between the ages of zero and four. He explained that the agenda for the event was to orient the participants on the range of initiatives to support the state in strengthening routine registration and micro planning to enable a smooth and successful roll-out of the initiative.

Bauchi governor pledges commitment to the UNICEF initiative.

This initiative’s target is to register at least 1,080,984 children under five years in the state. To achieve this ambitious goal, Dr. Rane said that UNICEF would need the engagement, participation and full commitment of all stakeholders in the state and in every local government area. At the event, Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir, reiterated his readiness to collaborate with international development partners in ensuring quality service delivery in the health sector. The governor expressed pleasure over the cordial relationship between the state government and the international development partners operating in the state.


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AN-Toni
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9 months ago

Trends in Bauchi birth registration.UNICEF urges residents to help in aid planning and development.Express your point of view.

SarahDiv
Member
9 months ago

The UNICEF are really doing great in Nigeria. One major reason why most parent fails to register their child is lack of proper education on the need to get the child registered as a citizen of the Nation. Secondly, process of birth especially when the child delivery is not in a well accredited hospital. Proper and regular awareness should be created by National Population Commission in collaboration with each state and their local government.

Abusi
Abusi
Member
9 months ago

There is need to register the rate of birth registration in Bauchi. There should also be aids provided, so they will be able to do all these. I applaud UNICEF for their support so far.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
9 months ago

In Bauchi state,more awareness and campaign should be carried out by the right authority either through media or face to face so that these people will know that is there right and also is a criminal offence not to register the birth of any child.

Haykaylyon26
Member
9 months ago

It is necessary and good to register birth of child UNICEF as been doing a very great job in the country creating awareness about this is needed so they can know the right things to do

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
9 months ago

The UNICEF deserve a round of applause for this endeavor that it bring this time around among other that had been accomplished. Registration of child birth needs to be prioritized for child identify.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
9 months ago

UNICEF’s call for residents to help in aid planning and development is an important step in promoting community-led responses to crisis situations. By involving local residents, UNICEF can better understand the needs of affected communities and develop solutions that are tailored to their specific circumstances. This can lead to more effective aid programs, improved community trust, and sustainable solutions that will have a lasting impact on the lives of those affected.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
9 months ago

UNICEF urges residents to help in aid planning and development. UNICEF is really trying for Nigeria. More awareness should be created in Northern. Nigeria government should do more for it citizens

Last edited 9 months ago by Tonerol10
DimOla
DimOla
Member
9 months ago

Child birth registration can be more effective if adequate awareness is created in regards to that. It was trending in Bauchi state because the UNICEF-FG are fully involve. UNICEF has being so helpful in Nigeria.

Last edited 9 months ago by DimOla
Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
9 months ago

Registration of child birth under the country as a citizen of the nation is a very important part to do after giving birth to a child. The UNICEF are really trying to develop the country and the government should more create awesomeness about the child birth registration to the country.