Daily Trust (Abuja)

24 January 2013

Nigeria: Population Commission Harps On Importance of Birth Registration

The National Population Commission in the FCT has called on parents to always ensure their children are registered at birth in order to enable them have identities.

Head of Vital Registration Department in the commission, Matthew Temidayo Sunday, made the call on Saturday during the official launch of the Child Justice Clinic in Abuja.

He said that birth registration is the first right of every child, adding that denying them such right, amounts to infringement on their fundamental human rights.

Mr Sunday said the FCT Office of the Commission is collaborating with FCT Child Justice Clinic (CJC) to ensure that parents whose children's births are yet to be registered could do so.

"The Child Justice Clinic is a good forum through which we can achieve the mandate of the commission, which is the registration of every child. We key into every opportunity where we can get children registered," he said.

He said the commission has desks at every public hospital in the territory where parents can always register their children, adding that birth registration is 'absolutely free'. He advised parents to report any registration official who demands for money or any form of gratification from them before registering their children's birth.

Sunday explained that parents could also bring their children to the commission's office to have them registered.

He said birth registration is paramount as it provides a database for the government to enable it plan for the best interest of the populace.

The commission used the avenue of the launch to register some children who were present during the event.

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