Chairman, National Population Commission (NPC), Mr. Nasir Isa Kwarra, has revealed that only 43per cent of the estimated five million children born annually in Nigeria are registered at birth.
Kwarra, who disclosed this on Monday in Abuja at the strategic partners’ meeting to co-create a digital civil registration and vital statistics road map, lamented that not more than 10 per cent of deaths are registered in the country.
Kwarra, represented by the Federal Commissioner, representing Kano State, Dr. Suleiman Is’maila, noted that even though the Commission has at least five registration centres in each of the 774 Local Government Areas across the country, the registration coverage remains very low.
To bridge the gap in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS), Kwarra said the Commission was going into full digitisation and automation of the CRVS.
The objective of the digitisation and automation of the CRVS, he said, was to enable data end-users to have access to real-time data as well as meet up with international best practices.
He said: “There is no doubt that we are in a digital age. A fully functional digitized and automated CRVS system will provide real-time data and is a gold standard for generating birth and mortality data in a population.”
“Currently, the Commission has at least five Registration Centres in every 774 LGAs of the Federation and working towards the establishment of at least 10 functional Registration Centres to bring up the number to 15 per LGA.”
He further revealed that the Commission had developed a 5-year National Strategic Action Plan on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems (2018-2022), adding that the Plan identified and spelt out feasible and measurable interventions intended to reposition the CRVS system by 2022.