Hajiya Aishatu Abubakar Girei, the Adamawa State Director, National Population Commission (NPoC), said Birth Registration in the state has improved drastically with the support from European Union through UNICEF.
The director said in an interview on Friday that the awareness programme and massive birth registration carried out by the commission in the state with the support of EU/UNICEF has changed things for the better.
“Few years back, Adamawa used to be the least among the six states in North East in area of birth registration but now we have taken the lead in north east. There is 75 per cent improvement as against 27 percent in 2016”, Girei said.
She said the commission had increased the number of birth registration centres in the state with some staff recruited.
She solicited the support of the state government to complement the effort of the commission and EU/UNICEF in sustaining and improving on the progress so far made.
While urging parents to ensure registration of their children which is free, Abubakar said without birth certificate one is non existing.
“It’s free, it gives access to schools, hospitals, jobs and other social services. Without it is like you are not existing,” Abubakar said.
The 2015 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) had indicated that Adamawa has the lowest birth registration in the North East, prompting the awareness and massive registration campaign by the NPoC in collaboration with EU/UNICEF.