Ajoke Babareke, Lagos.
A total number of 1,476,615 million Under Age 1 children, have been registered in Nigeria so far by the National Population Commission in year 2018.
The figures were revealed in a birth registration report of rapidsmsnigeria.org, a data tracking tool that collects and collates real time information using Short Messaging System.
The registered Under 1 children also indicates 34% active performance revealing further 66 percent of total actual figure of children who are unregistered.
The rapidsmsnigeria.org indicated that 2.8million children across Nigeria so far in the year 2018 are not registered,out of which 726,446 are girls and 750,169 are boys.
Similarly, 17states had Birth registration of less than 30% while Borno State leads with 79% recorded Child Births.
UNICEF Child Protection Specialist, Sharon Oladiji also disclosed at a media dialogue held in Lagos State on Wednesday , on Birth registration that only 9% of children who are under 5 are registered so far in Nigeria.
“At the under 5 category, 2,866,630 children were registered across Nigeria,among whom 573,771 were girls and 630,523 were girls”
She also made known that birth registration activities are been carried out in 3,641 centres across Nigeria.
The UNICEF Child Protection Specialist who emphasized that Nigeria data is difficult to come by noted that 62% of women in Nigeria don’t give birth in hospitals or health centres.
According to her, “UNICEF is assisting the Nigeria government basically the National Population Commission to improve collection, collation ,management and use of birth registration data to ensure optimal functionality of the rapidsms”
“Rapidsms deployment is designed to help identify the gaps in birth registration data report at the local level and disparities in service delivery”
The Minister of Information ,Culture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed ,who was represented by Mr Olumide Osanyinpeju, at thr dialogue said lack of awareness on the importance of birth registration results in lack of proper planning .
“There is need for widespread media càmpaign to enlighten and create awareness in our homes,communities and indeed all levels of government on the need to improve on birth registration especially in the rural areas where a lot of babies are delivered outside the hospitals”
The media dialogue was attended by senior officers of the National Population Commission and journalists drawn from across the federation.