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NPopC congratulates Gambari on appointment as Buhari’s Chief of Staff



Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji, Acting Chairman, National Population Commission (NPopC), has congratulated Prof. Ibrahim Gambari on his appointment as the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, describing it as well deserved landmark appointment.
Oyetunji said this in a congratulatory message to the President made available to News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Wednesday.
He stated that the task before the new Chief of Staff would be challenging and expressed optimism that with Gambari’s pedigree he would live above board.
The acting chairman said, “ I wish on behalf of myself, Federal Commissioners, the director-general, management and staff of NPopC to congratulate Gambari.
“Your appointment at this very critical time occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic and the attendant national economic and social dislocations is a clear testimony of Mr President’s confidence in your competence.
“It is a clear confidence in your competence and ability to assist him in steering the ship of the nation through the difficult time.
“As the number one aide of the President and the head of the ‘engine room’ of the presidency, there is no doubt that the task ahead will be challenging.
“However, with your unassailable credentials and reputation as an accomplished academic of international repute, a consummate administrator and global diplomat with far reaching connections, I have no doubt that you have what it takes to assist Mr President.
“You have all it takes to assist Mr President in steering the ship of the nation through the difficult time and re-launching the nation into a new era of economic posterity and political stability.’’
As your former student, he added “ I am particularly proud that your numerous services to our country have not gone unnoticed.
“Your impressive experience and unblemished record spanning through your stay at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where you pioneered the establishment of the Department of International Relations was notable.
“Your stint as the Director-General of the National Institute of International Relations, your international assignment as Under Secretary and Special Representative at the UN and your former position as Minister of External Affairs are some of the noteworthy services you have rendered.’’
In a related development, Oyetunji condoled with the President on the death of the late Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari.
“For us in the commission, Kyari was a role model and a tremendous source of inspiration.
“When we met with him, he showed great knowledge and understanding of the mandate of the commission and re-assured us of his support towards the implementation of our activities.
“The commission, therefore, commiserates with your Excellency for the irreparable loss of this committed cerebral and quintessential technocrat.
“We are particularly saddened by the fact that he passed on at a time when the nation needed his administrative wealth of experience in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world,’’ he said.
The population chief said that the late Kyari would be remembered by his unparalleled loyalty to the President, impeccable integrity and effort to “entrench probity, accountability and transparency towards a corruption-free nation’’.

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NGOs caution NPopC, others against birth registration extortion



Population opC), and relevant stakeholders, have been cautioned against extorting money from citizens during birth registration.

Community , and the Investigative , gave the warning on Monday in Abuja, in a joint news conference to mark the 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day.

Agbonsuremi ’s Executive Director, described birth registration as one of the biggest current corruption channel where ordinary Nigerians were made to pay to get their newborns registered in the country.

Birth registration is supposed to be free in Nigeria, and it is the responsibility of the NPopC to keep the birth record as it keeps death records, because both are important for national planning.

Corruption is a major problem facing Nigeria and it is robbing the citizens of the dividends of good governance,’’ he said.

He noted that birth registration of children in Nigeria had been low, in spite of the initiative introduced in 2012 by NPC with the support of United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) (Nigeria) to address the problem.

According to him, extortion of money by birth registration officials across the country has denied the country from registering a large number of births.

This he said had further hampered appropriate record keeping for actual number of births recorded in the country in a year.

He noted that with increasing demand for birth certificates for different purposes, many Nigerians had missed opportunities such as scholarships, oversea trips and admissions among others.

With this reality, parents are now eager to get their children registered but the exercise is marred by extortion and lack of adequate registration centres in rural areas.

It became worrisome when the officials saddled with the childbirth registration are those that are culpable of this crime in spite of the fact that registration is the first step towards recognising a child’s inalienable rights as a human being.

An investigation by the ICIR revealed that the task of documenting the birth of Nigerian babies has been taken over by touts and profiteers who collect dubious fees from unsuspecting parents,’’ he said.

He called on anti-graft agencies to beam their searchlights on the NPopC’s birth registration with a view to ending the corruption, sanitising the system, and prosecuting culpable officials.

He further said that UNICEF in a report titled “Good practices: Working towards free and universal birth registration’’ stated that costs related to fees had always been a barrier to increased birth registration.

He, however, said UNICEF recommended the prohibition of payment for birth registration in some countries such as Nigeria, Senegal and Rwanda among others.

The Executive Director urged the Federal Government to look into the recommendation.

PRIMORG is focused on advocating for good governance and accountability. It fights corruption generally, sensitises and mobilises citizens to participate wisely in government activities such as election.

Anti-Corruption Day is celebrated globally on Dec. 9, to tackle corruption in all fields of life.

Edited by: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore

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NDHS: NPopC collects information on disability status of Nigerians for the first time-Official



The National Population Commission (NPC) said it was able to collect information on disability status of Nigerians for the first time in the 2018 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS).

Bimbola Hundeyin, the Ag Chairman of the Commission, stated this while speaking at National Dissemination and official launch of the report of the 2018 NDHS in Dutse on Monday.

Hundeyin, represented by Dr Isma’il Lawan, the Federal Commissioner in charge of Kano and Jigawa, said the result of survey showed a significant outcome.

According to him, we used one of the new innovative approaches to carry out the survey.

He explained that the survey showed that two per cent of women and two per cent of men aged 15 and above had difficulty or could not function in at least one domain of disability.

“The NPC is proud to say that new innovative approaches were used in the conduct of the 2018 NDHS.

“I am pleased to inform you that these new improved processes piloted here in Nigeria have been adopted as standard procedures in demographic and health surveys by other nations especially in Africa.

“Another innovation was inclusion of the demographic and health survey program’s disability module in the 2018 NDHS.

“This allowed the commission to collect information on disability status of Nigerians for the first time.

“This result of the survey showed that two per cent of women and two of men, aged 15 and above have difficultly or cannot function in at least one domain of disability.

They include seeing, hearing, communicating, remembering, concentrating, walking or climbing steps, and washing all over the body or dressing up.

“Also nine per cent of women and 10 per cent of men have some difficulty in at least one domain.

“This data on disability will be of significance to the Social Development Statistics in planning for the wellbeing of persons living with disabilities in the country,” Hundeyin said.

In his remarks, Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa called on stakeholders to use the 2018 NDHS to curtail the rate of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), including in the state.

Badaru said the report could also be used in the area of planning by the state’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

He also noted that the survey had provided adequate information with regards to levels of maternal and child health, family planning, fertility and other acquired viruses in Nigeria.

According to him, it also helped in reducing adolescent fertility.

“There no gain saying the fact that under five mortality rate in the Nigeria is very high with an average of 132 deaths per 1,000 births.

“What needs stating unequivocally is that every available tool must be deployed to combat and curb the menace in our society.

“It is, therefore, imperative for me to command all stakeholders within and outside the government to use the 2018 NDHS survey result to curtail the rate of in Jigawa State.

“This report can also be used for planning purposes in MDAs and other relevant agencies,” the governor added.

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NPopC commences data collection for VASA survey in Adamawa



The National Population Commission (NPopC) has commenced data collection for the 2019 Verbal and Social Autopsy (VASA) survey in Adamawa.

Speaking on the exercise at a briefing in Yola on Friday, Dr Clifford Zirra, the Federal Commissioner for Adamawa, said the four weeks nationwide exercise was in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health.

Zirra said the exercise was to obtain data for determining the causes and contributors to deaths in children aged 0 to five years.

“The objective of the study includes the provision of up-to-date information on early childhood mortality rate, estimation of prevalence, determination of cultural/behavioural/social and health system factors of neonatal, infant and under-five mortality using the 2018 NDHS household.

“Pursuant to its constitutional mandate of providing demographic data for planning purposes, the National Population Commission in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health and other government MDAs will be conducting the survey to assist policy makers plan and formulate policies for the health sector in relation to maternal and child health in Nigeria,” Zirra said.

He explained that two teams would be conducting the exercise, comprising Quantitative Team that would focus on responses from caregivers in the households, while Qualitative Team would focus on focus group discussions and in-debt interviews with households and communities.

The NPopC federal commissioner urged government officials, security agencies, media, traditional rulers and religious leaders to accord the exercise the needed support to succeed.

“I want to appreciate USAID for funding the 2019 VASA. I also want to appreciate other critical stakeholders like Circle Project, Federal Ministry of Health, Ministry of Women Affairs, National Bureau of Statistics and members of the Technical Working Group from University of Port Harcourt, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ahmadu Bello University, University of Jos and University of Maiduguri,” Zirra said.

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Population: Reduction of population growth to 2% feasible by 2030 – NPoPC



Mr Sylvanus Unogu, Director, Population Management Department, National Population Commission (NPoPC), says reducing population growth from 3.2 per cent to two per cent by 2030 is realisable.

Unogu told the Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Abuja that the goal was achievable through massive advocacy by the Federal Ministry of Health.

He said that reorientations on fertility, mortality and reproductive health were imperative for achieving the goal.

“The Ministry of Health needs to brace in that regard through campaigns and advocacy for people to know the benefits and deficits,” Unogu said.

The director explained that it was time for the country to begin to reap demographic dividends.

According to him, countries such as India now reap their demographic dividends through robust population policies where many homes produce only one child.

Unogu reiterated the commitment of the commission in advancing the nation’s development and added that population policy was necessary for economic and food security.

He said  the commission would continue to review population policies of the country periodically aimed at addressing emerging issues for national peace and unity.


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National Population Policy will engender accelerated economic growth, prosperity- NPoPC



The National Population Commission (NPoPC) says the implementation of the 2018 National Population Policy (NPP) would engender accelerated economic growth and prosperity to the country’s advantage.

Dr Ghajji Bello, the Director – General (D-G) of  NPoPC made the assertion  in his key note address to declare open a two- day workshop on National Population Policy in Abuja on Thursday.

Bello,  who was represented by Mr Vincent Anyakora, DG procurement of the Commission said that implementing the policy would result to responsible parenthood in Nigeria.

“The policy, if implemented, will result in improved maternal health and that of the newborn children,” he said.

Bello said that government was responsible, accountable and central to providing individuals with adequate quality information to enable voluntary exercising of population policy.

He called for a synergy between implementing partners aimed at giving account of the achievement in their respective MDAs.

Also, Prof. Rhoda Mundi of the University of Abuja, in her lecture entitled: “The National Policy on Population for Sustainable Development” , said NPP  was key to improved quality of life.

Mundi said that the population policy if implemented would achieve even urban and rural population distribution.

The university don explained that the policy would address the prevailing humanitarian emergencies and other emerging issues threatening peace and security and sustainable development of Nigeria.

According to her, the policy will moderate population increase by voluntary fertility regulation methods.

reports that the two- day seminar on National Population Policy (NPP) was organised by the Population Technical Working Group (PTWG) at the instance of the National Population Commission (NPoPC).


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National headcount: Ex-NPopC boss prescribes E-counting



Chief Eze Duruiheoma, former chairman of National Population Commission (NPopC), has advocated the adoption of electronic counting for Nigeria.
Duruiheoma made the call in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.
He said that the use of technology is an indisputable antidote to challenges of over counting in census.
“The problem of over counting will be taken care of with technological inventions now that were not used in 2006 census.
“2006 is a distant time ago, meaning that between then and now, there have been significant technological changes to our advantage,” Duruiheoma said.
The former population commission chief explained that enumerators would be equipped with androids that would reject multiple counting of persons.
He expressed optimism that the next census would be seamless with adoption of technological innovations.
Duruiheoma, who called on the Federal Government to ensure adequate funding of the next exercise, noted that reliable census was costly.
According to him, if government decides to be thrifty with funds, then we may not get the best of the census.
Duruiheoma also said that the ongoing Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) was also a panacea to under-counting.
He explained that carving out of households and buildings for enumeration will go a long way to reduce the challenge of under counting and making census easy. (NAN)
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NPopC, NOA target 1m new birth registrations in 2019 in Lagos



To upscale birth registration in Lagos State, one million births are expected to be registered by 2019, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the National Population Commission (NPopC) said on Friday.

According to the two Federal Government bodies, a total of 231,584 registrations comprising 117, 586 boys and 113,998 girls have so far been recorded in Lagos State.

They spoke at a tw-day “Media Workshop on the Need to Scale Up Birth Registration in Lagos State’’, in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The workshop was organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Lagos State, in collaboration with UNICEF Abuja Office.

Mr Waheed Ishola, the Director of NOA, Lagos State Directorate, said: “On the upscale of birth registration in Lagos State, we  found out that for some time now, the birth registration uptake  of Under-5 in Lagos State is pretty  low.

“And for us to meet the target that is being set, knowing that day in day out, we are having children born in the state, there is need for us to ensure that all the children born in Lagos are registered.

“We are targeting that one million children are registered before the end of 2019.’’

Ishola said registering the birth of a child had many benefits of which include the child having an identity.

However, he identified some challenges militating against the upscale of child birth registration to include lack of awareness on the importance of birth registration, touting, lack of manpower and equipment as well as adequate  funding.

Also, Murphy Adigun, State Director, National Population Commission, told the Nigeria News Agency that it was free to register new births as well as for persons below the age of 17.

“Registration of child births is free and registration centres are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays except on public holidays.

“There are 122 birth registration centres in Lagos State; the number of registration centres in each local government varies according to their sizes and rate of birth registration in the LGA.

`They are located at Local Government Headquarters, Local Council Development Headquarters, Public Health Centres, General Hospitals, Town Halls, Secretariats or any other strategic places designed for the purpose of registering births.

“Some other areas are covered during immunisation days and we also intend having mobile registration centres,’’ he said.

Adigun also restated the benefits of birth registration.

“Registering births enables governments to plan well and make projections.

“It gives the child access to certain essential social services.

“The birth certificate is a legal document which can be used to access visas, scholarships, education and even employment opportunities.

“Most importantly, it is a critical component of a child’s identity,’’ he said.

Adigun urged parents to ensure they report births or register their child after the child is born.


(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

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NPoPC chairman reiterates importance of census for national planning



Mrs Bimbola Salu-Hundeyin, acting Chairman, National Population Commission (NPoPC), on Thursday reiterated the importance of census in the execution of government’s policies and programmes.

Salu-Hundeyin who spoke in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja, noted that adequate and correct data, would enable the government to provide the needed infrastructure.

She described census as mother of all data paramount in enhancing frugality and budgeting for government at all levels.

“Census gives you the gender, profession, age classification of citizens in an area.

“If you have say 10 people living in an area, three are old people, while seven are under school age, then with the data, government will know that schools are needed more there for youths development,” Salu-Hundeyin said.

The chairman who restated calls for headcount , said that it would go a long way in resolving issues related to census.

She explained that with accurate census, there would be no need to speculate on Nigeria’s population.

“We have an ongoing Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) to determine the number of houses in particular areas,’’ she said.

Salu-Hundeyin said that the EAD which was a preparatory ground to census, was imperative for accurate counting of citizens.

She said that Nigeria recorded a 3.2 per cent of annual growth in between the last census, after elimination of births and deaths variables.

The population commission boss called on government to authorise a census, and affirmed the commission’s readiness to conduct credible census.

NAN reports that Nigeria conducted its last census in 2006, that put the country’s population at 140 million.






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NPoPC assures reliable, accurate census



National Population Commission (NPopC) on Tuesday reiterated its readiness

to conduct reliable and accurate census for the country whenever Federal Government authorised

it to do so.

Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

He said that although government had not fixed time for head count in the country, it was long overdue.

called upon.

He said “we are waiting to be authorised and funded by Federal Government.

census, said every nook and cranny of the country would be captured.

He said “NPopC will not over count or under count anybody but will give accurate and reliable census.”

it was time to have accurate update on Nigeria’s current population with a reliable figure.

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World Population Day: Nigeria has about 198m people, says NPoPC DG



Dr Ghaji Bello, Director General of National Population Commission (NPoPC) on Wednesday said the Commission would use electronic enumeration method to determine the actual population of Nigeria.

Bello said that Nigeria presently has an estimated population of about 198 million people, adding that the commission was determined to conduct a reliable and accurate census in the near future.

The Director General spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja ahead of the World Population Day on Thursday.

He called on the Federal Government to support the commission to conduct a comprehensive and reliable census to ascertain the country’s actual population.

“We arrived at the estimated 198 million after elimination of all the variables like mortality rates,” he said.

According to him, the commission will capture people’s fingerprints in the coming census using machines programmed to reject any double counting.

The Director General noted that another round of census was long overdue, 10 years after the last exercise was conducted in the country.

Bello who expressed confidence in the capacity of the commission to conduct accurate census, called on government to make it realisable.

NAN reports that the 2019 World Population Day would be marked in Abuja on Thursday.


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World Population Day: Nigeria’s maternal mortality drops drastically – NPoPC chairman



Nigeria’s maternal mortality rate dropped from 1,500 per 100,000 in 1999 to 576 in 2013, a major achievement of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, 1994.

Mr Yusuf Anka, the acting Chairman of National Population Commission (NPoPC) said this on Tuesday in Abuja at a news conference ahead of 2019 World Population Day, celebrated annually on July 11.

The celebration is aimed at bringing to the fore, challenges and benefits of population increase and best ways to manage the increase to achieve the best out of it.

This year’s World Population Day has “25 years of the ICPD: Accelerating the Promise” as its theme.

The day is also to celebrate remarkable proposition and to raise awareness on how choices changed girls and women.

Anka said that “the Cairo Plan” was remarkable because it recognised reproductive health and rights, as well as women empowerment and gender equality as cornerstone of population development.

He explained that during the conference, all the countries in attendance, including Nigeria, agreed to a 20-year action plan aimed at avoiding population growth and environmental consequences.

The NPoPC acting chairman said “Nigerian women have the right to determine how many children to procreate, in accordance to the Cairo Action Plan.”

He said that the Cairo Plan discounted population control which emphasised coercive means to give support to policies that gave women greater control over their lives.

He noted that the Cairo paradigm shift adopted visionary programmes of action and agreed that empowering women and enabling them to freely decide the timing and spacing of their pregnancies was a major roadmap to sustainable development.

He cited the use of modern contraceptives from four  per cent in 1990 to the current 12 per cent, as well as reduction in the number of children from six to five as one of the major gains.

The population boss, however, said that Nigeria was still lagging behind in spite of the reduction in maternal mortality.

He identified sexual violence, especially in humanitarian settings like Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps as the biggest threat to female reproductive health rights.

Earlier, Mr Osaretin Adonri, the Assistant Representative, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), said there was a paradigm shift from population growth to quality population.

He explained that the world was more interested in having a population that could be an asset than the one that would be a liability.

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Census: Nigerians have a lot to gain from EAD, says former NPopC chairman



Chief Eze Duruiheoma, former Chairman of National Population Commission (NPopC), on Monday, says Nigerians have a lot to gain from the ongoing Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD).

EAD is the numbering of buildings and demarcation of boundaries in a given area for accurate census.

Duruiheoma said it was not a task that could be efficiently done by staff of population commission, hence the need to employ more staff.

According to him, boundaries and buildings cannot be demarcated by just few staff of NPopC if the country is to conduct accurate census.

He regretted the staggered execution of the EAD, which he blamed on paucity of fund.

He said “if not for paucity of fund, the exercise would have been more holistic, taking place in all  states of the federation simultaneously.”

Duruiheoma, who urged Nigerians to support the exercise, said successful EAD would provide roadmap for reliable and uncompromising census.

He described EAD as indispensable in census preparation anywhere in the world, and called for adequate support and synergy by parties involved.

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NPopC admonishes Nigerians on death certificate



( NAN) Mr Mohamed Isah, the Director, Public Affairs Department, National Population Commission (NPopC), has urged Nigerians to always obtain death certificates for their deceased ones.

Isah gave the advice during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.

He explained that death certificate was another platform of updating the country’s population, saying that it is as important as birth certificate.

He said the certificate provided demographic records to the commission which it analyses and disseminates data for public consumption.

According to him, death certificate is important because it states the cause of death as well as age and time the death occurred.

Isa noted that it also helped in informing the populace that a particular cause of death was endemic.

“With the information gathered, we can tell Nigerians that a particular ailment has been causing deaths.

“It can also help the government plan as well as intervene in order to prevent future deaths.

“Death certificate also gives a next of kin the right to get or collect the deceased entitlements,” he said.

Isah further said that death certificates also helped in gathering information on infants and maternal mortality, epidemics and endemics as well as keep track of diseases.

The director explained that when the practice of collection of death certificate becomes a norm, he noted that over time it would no longer be necessary to conduct census, because the records would have been up to date at any particular material time.

“Nigerians find it difficult to collect death certificate if there is nothing to inherit from the deceased.

“But it is not about inheritance; the information gathered from cause of death is key.

“Like in Kaltungo town in Gombe State, snake bite is a major cause of deaths in that town and with that information, government was able to intervene,” he added.

Isah therefore appealed to Nigerians to always obtain a death certificate to assist the commission in its statutory role of data collation and analysis.

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NPopC takes birth registration to hospitals



Mr Mohammed Isah, the Director, Public Affairs, National Population Commission (NPopC), says the commission had taken birth registration to hospitals for effective capturing of live and death deliveries.

Isah made this known during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.

He explained that the commission had stationed its staff in maternity sessions of the hospitals in most local government headquarters for easier access for the parents to register their children.

He further said that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with some hospitals to collect information on behalf of the commission where the commission did not have a representative.

According to him, some hospital staff had also been trained on how to do the job.

He said by the time deliveries were made, forms would be distributed by the hospital staff who received the training and afterward, the commission’s staff would go round and collect the forms and issue birth certificates.

He noted that the essence of the exercise was to bring the service closer to the mothers and infants as well as eliminate back log.

“We have had back logs and we don’t want it to accumulate that is why we are going nearer to where deliveries are made.

“The law says that a child should be registered at birth and within three months of birth and that is what the commission is trying to achieve.

“The exercise was not possible earlier due to lack of staff and recently we have the opportunity to replace those that have retired,” the director said.

According to him, the newly employed staff members were the ones posted to the hospitals to bridge the gap as well commence the issuance of birth certificates.

Isah noted that the new strategy had addressed past challenge of issuance of birth certificates to Muslim children because some of them named their children after seven days.

“We now collect the data of the parents and cue them in and that of the child will be vacant and will be filled in when he or she comes for the first immunisation,” he explained.

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NPopC explains Birth Certificate, Certificate of Live Birth




Abuja, April 28, 2019 Dr Suleiman Lawal, National Population Commission (NPopC) Commissioner in Kano state, on Sunday explained the difference between Certificate of Live to Birth and the Birth Certificate issued by the commission.

Lawal, who disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, said that both documents have unique functions which differentiates them.

“The Certificate of Live Birth is completed shortly after a baby is born in a hospital; it is the medical field’s way of documenting that a human being has entered the world.

“The Certificate of Live Birth includes the baby’s name, parents names, doctor’s name, hospital, sex, race, date of birth and name of person completing the record.

“The Certificate of Live Birth is the first `unofficial’’ document verifying that your mother gave birth to you alive.

“It is the hospital’s record of your birth and must be completed shortly after you come into the world,” he said.

Lawal said the certificate was supposed to be sent to the vital records office where it is used to create a Birth Certificate for a child.

“But in Nigeria, the hospitals do not send their data because there is no framework for it.’’

He said the Certificate of Live Birth would not be accepted as a replacement for a Birth Certificate.

Lawal said that the Birth Certificate is one of the most important document for any Nigerian.

“After a child is born, your birth certificate should be created; it is a government-issued form of identification given by the NPopC.

“A typical birth certificate includes the Name, City and Country of Birth, Date of Birth, Parents’ Names, including their Occupation, Address and Ethnicities.

“Let’s say the Certificate of Live Birth simply verifies that you are medically alive, whereas the Birth Certificate verifies who you are, who your parents are, where you were born and your date of birth.

“Without your Birth Certificate, you cannot prove who you are and this can cause many problems for you.

“Your Birth Certificate is a very important document and should be kept in some place safe and it should be protected,” Lawal advised.

He said it was wrong for Nigerians to obtain the certificate of live birth as substitute of a duly issued birth certificate by the NPopC.

He said NPopC officers are expected to carry put sensitisation at the grassroots about new births and issuing birth certificates after the newborns have been registered.

“If they are not doing it, then it is our responsibility to ensure they do it.

“So it is not a passive registration where someone sits in a place and wait for people to come; they are expected to reach out to people as part of their responsibilities,” he said.

According to Lawal, birth registration remains the first step towards recognising a child’s right as a human being.

“Specifically, birth registration is the official recording of the birth of a child through an administrative process of the state and it is a permanent and official record of a child’s existence.

“Through it, the government knows how many children are born, how many people died and the principal causes of their death.

“It will enable governments know better where to prioritise health investments,’’ Lawal said.

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NPopC tasks FG on census



NPopC tasks FG on census


Abuja, March 21, 2019 Alh. Hassan Bashir, Ag. Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPopC) has advised the Federal Government on the need to take a census of Nigerians.

Bashir gave the advice while addressing a news conference in Abuja, before the take-off of the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) exercise on Thursday, in 23 selected states across the country.

The acting chairman, who noted that the country was due for a head count, said this was the appropriate time for a national census.

According to him, the National Census will give Nigeria the much needed current data to aid effective planning.

He said the country was three years behind schedule for the next headcount as a population and housing census of Nigerians, last conducted in 2006, ought to have been taken after ten years.

Bashir said that the commission was looking forward to conducting a census soon, hoping that after the elections in the country, the Federal Government’s next priority would be a national census to help in planning for development purposes.

He expressed hope that the commission, which was awaiting President Muhammadu Buhari’s quick proclamation on the matter, would soon start preparations for a census.

Also addressing journalists at the event, Alh. Gaji Bello, the Director General of NPopC, said that the lack of legislation on the conduct of census in the country had brought a lot of setbacks to the commission.

Bello also stressed that without accurate data from a head count, there would not be proper planning in the country; and therefore appealed to the Federal Government to make provisions for a national census.

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NPopC gets acting Chairman

By Chinenye Offor
Abuja, Feb. 8, 2019 (NNN) Alhaji Hassan Bashiru has been appointed as the new acting Chairman for the National Population Commission (NPopC).



NPopC gets acting Chairman

By Chinenye Offor
Abuja, Feb. 8, 2019 (NNN) Alhaji Hassan Bashiru has been appointed as the new acting Chairman for the National Population Commission (NPopC).

The Director, Public Affairs Department, Mr Mohammed Isah, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) on Friday in Abuja.

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of Bashiru on Jan. 23.

Isah explained that the acting Chairman was the most senior of the federal commissioners.

Bashiru, a certified professional accountant, represents Bauchi State, the NPopC spokesman said.

NNN reports that the tenure of the former Chairman of the commission, Mr Eze Duruiheoma, lapsed on Jan. 23, after five years of service. (NNN)
Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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Expert says older persons more prone to COVID-19



Dr Patrick Chinedu, a Public Health specialist, has said that all the evidence from the outbreak of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), suggest that older persons are more susceptible to the virus.

Chinedu said this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency , on Friday in Abuja while reacting to the data from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC).

The CCDC report shows that most of the cases of COVID-19 are mild with the sick and elderly mostly at risk.

Chinedu, however, said that in the age range of 10 years to 19 years the mortality rate is 0.2 per cent.

He said that older persons are open to contacting SARS-CoV-2 infection, the virus that causes COVID-19, and would suffer a severe or fatal case.

“The older people are more likely to be infected with the virus; older people with underlying lung disease may develop acute respiratory distress syndrome, a severe shortness of breath often caused by fluid in the lungs and requiring a ventilator.

COVID-19 behaves a lot like seasonal flu; from 70 per cent to 85 per cent of all flu deaths and 50 per cent to 70 per cent of flu-related hospitalisations occur among people in the 65-plus age group, according to the U.S. Centre For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“The 2002 – 2003 SARs outbreak similarly proved lethal for more than 50 per cent of people over 60 who contracted the disease.

“Nigerians should not see this as a surprise, the older people have higher risk of underlying health conditions, and older people are already under physical stress.

“Their immune systems, even if not significantly compromised, simply do not have the same ability to fight viruses and bacteria,” Chinedu said.

He said the aged people’s exposure to any pathogen is often higher than that of other adults and children.

Chinedu, however, called on the Federal Government to be proactive and take preventive measures in controlling the spread of the virus.

He suggested the need for an aged care facility that would have its own influenza outbreak management plans, with the COVID-19 threat now on the rise on that process.

He recalled that government generated a Healthcare Package for Improving Quality of Care of the Ageing Population in Nigeria, called HEPIQ-C Project, which was to address the health rights of the older population in the country.

“We do not know how far the HEPIQ-C project has gone. It is presumably the first such Policy in sub-Saharan Africa meant to provide a model for healthcare to geriatric populations in our region.

“To also achieve and sustain it in both rural and urban settings, the policy is integrated into the government’s Universal Health Coverage (UHC) strategy,” he explained.

The expert said that Nigerians should be expecting that the HEPIQ-C project facilities were prepared along with the other relevant agencies and that those facilities should remain on high alert in case of an outbreak in older persons.

“We cannot guarantee that we are not going to have an outbreak, but as a nation we have to make sure that we have enough of medical consumables in any case of an outbreak.

“They need to have all the tools in place including personal protective equipment in the country, he said.

The expert called on Health authorities to affect the older population more while they are ramping up efforts to detect and contain COVID-19.

Chinedu said that the government should consider quarantines space for surge workforce staffing and also geriatricians.

“A Geriatrician is a medical doctor who specialises in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and disability in older adults.

“In 2018, Prof. Usman Ahmed, the President of Geriatrics Association of Nigeria (GAN) said that there were only seven geriatricians in Nigeria, which is highly inadequate to cater for the over nine million aged persons in the country.

“If there was an outbreak in many communities across the country how would the GAN share themselves without protective equipment for the older persons in the 36 states and the FCT?” he said.

He said there was need for government to quickly put in place the right mechanisms to protect those who were most vulnerable – the older persons or those with serious health problems, like tuberculosis and hepatitis C patients.

He stressed that government needed to be objective, noting that an increase in new cases did not mean an increase in serious cases.

The expert said that it was important for people to know that the way COVID-19 presented itself in a younger person was different from the way it presented itself in someone older.

“Old people may not get a fever so just checking their temperature may not reveal the infection, families and caregivers should be on alert for “atypical presentation” of COVID-19,” he said.

NAN reports that the China CDC study revealed that COVID-19 has been more fatal in men than women.

It said that the older population and those with preexisting health conditions were most at risk of contracting a fatal case of COVID-19.

The findings put the overall death rate of the Covid-19 virus at 2.3 per cent.

NAN, reports that according to the NPopC 2013, no less than 10 million older men and women live in Nigeria in 2020.

“At a projected growth rate of 3.2 per cent this number is expected to grow to 28.9 million by 2050.

Edited By: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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37th Ramat Cup: SWAN urges Kwara Govt to host, reward victorious team



The Kwara Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), has urged the State Government to host and reward players and officials who won the 37th Ramat Cup to motivate them for higher performance.

Olayinka Owolewa, the Secretary of the Association, stated this in a statement in Ilorin on Sunday.

He commended the doggedness and resilience of the players and technical officials for emerging champions in the famous tournament.

He also joined other Stakeholders in rejoicing with the the state’s YSFON U-15 team for winning the 37th edition of Ramat International Football Competition in Kano.

Owolewa noted that the victory has further confirmed the state as one with full adherence to football developmental programmes from the grassroots.

He saluted the technical department of the team for bring its wealth of experience to bear and for justifying the confidence reposed in them

Nigeria News Agency , reports that Kwara defeated Bauchi 1-0 at the finals on Friday to win the 37th edition of Ramat Cup.

Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa


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VASA survey: Data collection on infant mortality commences in Ebonyi



The National Population Commission (NPopC) has commenced the 2019 Data Collection of Verbal and Social Autopsy (VASA) on infant mortality in 12 Local Government Areas of Ebonyi State.

The data collection is also taking place simultaneously across the 36 states of the federation and FCT.

The Acting Chairman, Bimbola Salu-hundeyin of the commission made this known on Monday in Abakaliki during a press conference on the commencement of 2019 Verbal and Social Autopsy (VASA) Survey.

Salu-hundeyin, represented by the State Coordinator, Mr Edward Ogbu, said that VASA was a research study that sought to obtain data to determine the causes and contributory factors to deaths in children aged 0-5 years old.

The acting chairman said that objectives of the survey were to get updated information on early childhood mortality rate and estimate of the prevalence.

He said others included determination of cultural, behavioural, social and health system factors, infant and under-five mortality among other objectives of the survey.

He said that the agency was collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Health and other key Ministries, Departments and Agencies to conduct the survey to assist policy makers with reliable data to plan.

Salu-hundeyin added that the survey would also formulate policies for health sector to maternal and child health in the country.

The acting chairman said the result of the survey would provide major causes of under-five mortality in the country from the year 2013 to 2018.

“The 2019 edition of the VASA survey is second in the series conducted by the commission.

“The most common causes of neonatal deaths in children are the early birth, severe infections such as septicemia, pneumonia, menine, tetanus among others.

“For the 2019 VASA survey, there will be focus more on responses from caregivers in households, group discussions and in-depth interviews within the community.

Salu-hundeyin however, stated that the commission was strategically prepared and committed to generating data to aid planning in health sector.

He urged government officials at the state and local level, traditional rulers, religious and community leaders and the media to give necessary support to successful implementation of the exercise.

Edited & Vetted By: Maureen Atuonwu


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