Birth Registration: NOA takes Campaign to Zaria
National Orientation Agency(NOA) in collaboration with the National Population Commission (NpopC) has commenced community sensitization in Zaria Local Government Area North West Nigeria,, on the importance of Birth registration.
Speaking during the dialogue,UNICEF focal person in NOA Kaduna,Yusuf Muhammed-Balarabe said the community dialogue was aimed at reorienting communities on an improved birth registration and also to register children aged zero to five.
Muhammed-Balarabe noted that the agency would support the National Population Commission in ensuring that 18,000 children were registered in 30 local communities of Jema’a,Kaduna South and Zaria LGAs.
He urged participants to bring their children for registration on 30 Nov. and pass the information learned to their family and friends who were not able to make it for the community dialogue.
Earlier,Nasir Muhammad-Shafi’i, assistant comptroller NpopC, Zaria, said that “we are here to sensitize people to register their children aged zero to five and get them a birth certificate”.
According to him, the birth certificate issued by NpopC was the only birth certificate recognised constitutionally and would help the government in getting accurate data on the number of births.
“Zaria has 10wards were we go and sensitize parents on the importance of acquiring a birth certificate from the National Population Commission”, he said.
Similarly,Aminu Alhassan, NOA community mobilization officer, Zaria stated that 10 communities in the local government would be reached and children who were not registered due to COVID-19 lockdown would be registered.
He mentioned that the 10 communities to be reached were;Kwarbai,Gyallesu,Dakace, Bizara Tudun wada,Unguwar alkali,Kaura,Unguwan juma, Tukur-Tukur A and B with 11 registration centers.
Umar lawal a community member said many were not aware of the birth registration done by NpopC but with the coming of NOA ,people are now aware and would register their children.
Another community member Aisha shitu said she had assumed that the birth certificate given in hospitals after birth was sufficient adding that she had now realized the need to register her children with the NpopC.
“By the grace of God, I will come along with my two children to get them registered”, she said.