UNICEF Decries Low Level Of Child Registration, Tasks Media on Awareness

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has called on the media organisations to strengthen their public enlightenment techniques on the importance of childbirth registration.

The UNICEF Public Advocacy and Communication Officer, Rabiu Musa, made this known during the two-day stakeholders’ preparatory meeting for Media Campaign on Child Registration, stressing that, bringing the public into the knowledge of birth registration is of high expediency.

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“There is low level of awareness on the child registration in the country.

“That is why UNICEF is collaborating with the National Population Commission (NPopC) to change the situation.

“We want the media to take the enlightenment to people at grassroots level in the country, so that every child will be registered at birth,’’ he said.

According to Musa, birth registration is a right of every child, hence the need for parents to ensure that their children are registered.

He also urged other stakeholders, including traditional institutions, religious organisations, Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s), states and local governments, to continue to join hands to achieve the set goal.

In his words, the NPopC Director in the state, Alhaji Lawal Ahmad, said that Katsina has a projected population of 1,651,766 children below the age of five years.

He said that media campaign would commence from Sept. 20 to the middle of December 2018.

“The media houses will use their strategies to educate, mobilise and enlighten the public on the need for birth registration.

“Registrars must be ready to receive registration of more children during this period,’’ he said.