The National Population Commission has urged residents of Gombe State to take advantage of the free birth registration process, revealing that 191,222 children were registered in 2021.
Addressing journalists in Gombe on Thursday, the NPC Chairman, Nasir Kwarra, while commemorating this year’s Africa civil and vital statistics, with the theme ‘Harnessing coordination, country leadership and ownership to strengthen civil registration and vital statistics systems: A vehicle for #countingeveryone’, stressing that it represents 76 percent.
Represented by a Federal Commissioner, Abubakar Danburam, Kwarra said the purpose of the celebration was to increase public awareness of the importance of timely registration of vital events, “particularly births and deaths, through well-functioning civil registration systems”.
He said the CRVS day would provide an opportunity for a reflection on the legal identity from birth to death of all persons and the realisation of key human and civil rights.
Kwarra said, “Birth registration is free and anybody above 18 years you are entitled to have attestation. We want the populace of Gombe State to know the importance of birth registration, they should register their children from birth and death that is the essence of this celebration.
“They should work towards registering, our locations are across the 11 Local Government Areas. Attestation is just N2,000 for someone above 18 years of age.”
According to Kwarra, civil rights would be strengthened with efficient and effective registration and vital statistics system, promising that it should be inclusive, permanent, continuous, compulsory and confidential.
Also speaking, the state’s Director of NPC, Jude Maigari, noted that the 191,222 birth registered in 2021 represents 76 percent.
He said, “2010 we had 41 percent, in 2020 we had about 65 percent because of the Covid-19 and 2021 we had 76 percent total number of registered children.”