UNICEF, in collaboration with the National Population Commission (NPC) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), will be deploying 850 corps members to 22 states in Nigeria to facilitate digital birth registration.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the organizations to formalize their partnership and dedication to the project.
This collaboration aims to establish a comprehensive and efficient digitalized birth registration process nationwide.
UNICEF plans to enroll 12 million children below five as the primary beneficiaries of the available resources and facilities.
According to UNICEF’s spokesperson, Geoffrey Njoku, the NYSC, NPC, and UNICEF will leverage their existing resources and facilities to benefit the registered children and their families, parents, caregivers, communities, and local government areas.
The cooperation aims to provide comprehensive data collection, enhance birth registration coverage, and support the increased availability of birth registration data.
The Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier General Yusha’u Ahmed, announced that 850 corps members would be deployed as coordinators and supervisors across 22 states, including the federal capital territory. Their role will involve monitoring and supervising the birth registration processes.
The Chairman of NPC, Nasir Isa Kwarra, expressed the commission’s commitment to the program’s success. NPC will provide materials and education to promote the importance of digital birth registration.
They will also support the recruitment of ad hoc birth registrars at the ward level and ensure the availability of registration materials to coordinators and supervisors.
Additionally, NPC aims to engage local government chairpersons, traditional and religious leaders, and communities to raise awareness about birth registration by distributing protocols, checklists, FAQs, and informational materials.
Cristian Munduate, the UNICEF representative in Nigeria, highlighted the integration of digital birth registration with health service delivery, emphasizing that every child deserves access to essential health and birth registration interventions.
UNICEF reaffirmed its commitment to the project and the well-being of children by providing technical assistance for its smooth implementation.