More that 50% of children under the age of 5years old are unregistered in Nigeria.
In a recent report by UNICEF, children on the African continent have the lowest birth registration rate in the world. With only 44% of children are registered at birth and millions of death going unaccounted each year in Nigeria. The Nigerian marriage act stipulates that every child should be registered within 60 days of birth. Despite the daily report of death, the country's child registration rate still very low.
As Nigerians join other countries to commemorate the 2021 Civil Registration and statistics day, it says it will address structural and operational challenges to birth registration.
"UNICEF is here to support this particular endeavour and this will enable us to register 25 million children within 3 years in Nigeria." says Mr Ibrahim, the chief child protection officer of UNICEF in Nigeria.
The Civil Registration and Vital Statistics day is an annual event celebrated by all member states of the African Union to create awareness on current and emerging population issues as they impact on governance and quality of the population.
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