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Nigeria birth registrations rise by 29m

A birth registration programme implemented by the National Population Commission (NPopC), with support from the United Nations Children Fund (FUND) has increased the number of children between the ages of zero and 17 years registered in Nigeria by about 29 million.

An evaluation report launched yesterday for children under one year of age revealed that the programme increased by more than 100 percent the number of children registered from 3 million in 2012 to 11 million in 2016.

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UNICEF representative in Nigeria, Muhammed Fall at the launch of the report said, low rates of birth registration is a challenge in Nigeria while analyzing that in 2011, the birth registration rate was 41 percent, which means that three in every five children were not registered.

It also uses ICT tools for birth registration introduced target-driven performance in all of the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Nigeria. The LGAs now have specified targets, reports and performance ranking.

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