By Dennis Agbo
ENUGU—MOTHERS in the South-East geopolitical zone have been urged to use the opportunity of August meetings by women to boost their children’s birth registration.
Chief of Field Office, United Nations Childrens’ Fund, Unicef, Enugu, Dr. Ibrahim Conteh, gave the charge in a high advocacy meeting to boost birth registration in Enugu State, yesterday.
The meeting had in attendance the First Lady of Enugu State, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi; wives of local government council chairmen; officials of National Population Commission, NPC, and other women stakeholders.
Conteh said birth certificates are official recognition for identities, which data is used by the Federal Government for planning and allocations to states and local governments.
He also disclosed that Unicef was working towards making it a compulsory requirement for school enrolment and urged all faith-based organisations and women groups to help sensitize families on the importance of registering their children at births.
Conteh said: “It’s good that this is coming at this August meeting, when you go back to the communities, spread the message. It’s a right of every child and we hope that the message will go down to the communities.”
Wife of the governor of the state, Mrs. Ugwuanyi, pleaded with women that as a follow up of the passage of Child Rights Law in the state, they should register their children.
Earlier, the state Director of NPC, Mrs Ngozi Onyia noted that Enugu State is doing well in birth registration, adding: “Birth and death registrations are tied to revenue figures but birth registration is particularly tied to census figures.”