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NPopC takes birth registration to hospitals

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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 congratulates Gambari on appointment as Buhari’s Chief of Staff

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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

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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

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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.

Edited & Vetted By: Maureen Atuonwu
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NPopC commences data collection for VASA survey in Adamawa

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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NPoPC chairman reiterates importance of census for national planning

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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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