BIRTH RECORDS : UNICEF Issues indicting Report About Nigerian Children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Monday, September 21, revealed that around 57 percent of Nigerian children under the age of five years don’t have birth certificates.

Victor Atuchukwu, the child protection specialist in charge of UNICEF Zone A Field office, Enugu, made this disclosure in Awka during the training of 75 health workers from selected health facilities in the 21 local government areas of Anambra State.

The UNICEF official said, “It is the right of every child to have a birth certificate, but many parents did not consider it important. Without a birth certificate, time would come when the child would discover; that he or she had no official record of vital information.”

UNICEF issues indicting report about Nigerian children
In his comments, the Director of the National Population Commission in the state, Joachim Ulasi, noted that the commission did not have enough manpower for birth registration.

Ulasi said, “We just have 148 registration centers; comprising 21 controllers who are deputy chief registrars for the 21 local government areas. If they are removed from the 148, we are left with 127; which are located in health facilities throughout Anambra State. This number is not enough. We have 181 autonomous communities and we need at least one center in each community; while the large communities should have two or more.”

He, however, added that NPC had concluded plans to digitalize the birth registration exercise in the state. Meanwhile, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) says the Federal Government has spent a total of N8.94 trillion on oil subsidy between 2006 and 2015. The PPPRA disclosed this in a document on subsidy payment released in Abuja on Monday, September 21.

It said that the subsidy was paid to oil marketers, and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the period under review. A break down of the money indicated that in 2006 a total of N257.36 billion was paid, in 2007, N271.51 billion; while in 2008 N630.57 billion was paid to marketers.

‘Also, oil marketers in 2009 were paid N409.31 billion and N667.08 billion in 2010 respectively as subsidy claims,” PPPRA said.



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