By Kolade Larewaju
ABEOKUTA â€“ THE Ogun State government has expressed optimism about meeting the target set by the Federal Government for the ongoing vital registration of births, saying all machineries have been put in place to achieve this.
Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaja Salmot Badru, who gave the assurance at a sensitization visit of the Stakeholders Forum on Vital Registration to Odeda Local Government Area, said already over 40 percent compliance had been achieved by the state.
Badru, who is the chairman of the forum, declared that the current rate was achieved through the collaboration of the state and local governments as well as individuals adding that since the inauguration of the stakeholdersâ€™ forum, the state registration rate has tremendously increased from 10 to 40 percent.
Though she regretted that the figure had always been contentious since the beginning of census registration in Nigeria, she explained that the state government took the issue of vital registration seriously to complement the effort of the Federal Government.
Badru said the use of court affidavit would soon be phased out in the country, adding that nobody would be able to transact business with government without his or her birth certificate.