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Appreciating EU/UNICEF intervention in improving Birth registration in Adamawa

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Appreciating EU/UNICEF Intervention in Improving Birth Registration in Adamawa

By Yakubu Uba

The National Population Commission (NPoC) with support from EU/UNICEF had in 2016 conducted a mass birth registration campaign to address the problem of low birth registration in Adamawa state and since then things are improving for the better.

A total of 2,136 sub registrars were engaged during the exercise to assist the only 79 registrars in Adamawa in the massive birth registration campaign that involved going from house to house in the 226 wards of the state, while the state government was advised to address the problem of shortage of staff by seconding local government staff to NPoC to serve as sub-registrars on a permanent basis.

Also with funding support from EU through UNICEF, more than 300 health workers were trained on birth registration services in the various health facilities in the state.

Similarly, UNICEF, in collaboration with NPoC and Adamawa Primary Healthcare Agency, further trained 300 Community Resource Persons (CORP) on birth registration in insurgency affected local government areas of the state such as Madagali, Michika, Mubi North, Mubi South and Maiha to ensure all unregistered children in Adamawa were registered and obtained the birth registration certificate issued by NPoC that gave them the proper identity as Nigerians.

It took that significant intervention to enlightened many parents to understand that the series of birth certificates issued to their children by hospitals that were not from NPoC are not recognized by law.

The birth registration certificate issued by NPoC is the only recognized certificate that provides legal, documentary evidence of the child’s existence; age, parentage, birth place and nationality. As stakeholders rightly observed, the NPoC certificate enable the government plan for children and implement basic social services such as health, education, infrastructure and employments for the future well-being of these children.

Before the success story, the National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) indicated that birth registration in Adamawa was the lowest in the north-eastern part of the country, with only 17 percent of under one and four percent of under five years registered in the state in 2015.

Expressing concern about the low rate of birth attendance generally in the country, observers say there must be pragmatic measures aimed at improving birth registration.

They noted that birth registration is one of the four major sources of demographic data for planning process which should be on a continuous, permanent and compulsory recording.

Mr Innocent Mishikir, the Head of Vital Registration in the National Population Commission office in Yola, said lack of public awareness on the importance of the registration had been one of the major challenges in Adamawa which the campaign helped to address.

Mishikir said other challenges include inadequate registration centres and workforce; Adamawa then has only 79 registration centres.

For a state undergoing recovering from Boko Haram insurgency and undergoing resettlement and rehabilitation, the role of birth registration for the needed data for effective planning cannot be underestimated.

The role of Adamawa Ministry of Health and the Primary Healthcare Development Agency in the success story cannot be overemphasized particularly in area of sustained sensitization on the importance of birth registration which is described as a right.

“Civic registration is a continuous and compulsory recording of the occurrence and characteristic of vital events, such as birth, death, stillbirth and marriages, among others.

“It is therefore the right of every child to be registered without any discrimination as specified in Article 7 of the convention on the Right of children,’’ Mr David Garnvwa, an NPoC official said.

Sharon Oladeji, a child protection specialist, who spoke on the importance of addressing gaps in birth registration in Adamawa state, noted that tackling the problem would play a vital role in the state’s development by providing the state the ability to plan, implement, monitor, evaluate and report on the impact of its social and economic policies and ensure that resources are allocated to where they are really needed.

Speaking on the success story, Aishatu Abubakar Girei, the Adamawa Director of NPoC said tremendous improvement has so far been recorded in Birth Registration in Adamawa and that the state is now leading in North East.

While urging parents to ensure registration of their children which is free, Girei said without birth certificate one is not existing.

“It’s free, it gives access to schools, hospitals, jobs and other social services. Without it is like you are not existing,” Girei said

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa while speaking at the recent NPoC launched of 2018 National Demographic and Health Survey report in Yola reiterated the commitment of his administration always study data from reliable sources to identify priority action areas for effective results.

He said such relying on such data in planning and policy making  remain vital for good governance, transparency and accountability.

The challenge now for Adamawa is to sustain the tempo and build on the gains recorded by working towards 100 percent success that will ensure that all children in Adamawa are given their right to existence and identity.

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Gov. Buni Mourns Emir of Zazzau

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Gov. Buni Mourns Emir of Zazzau

Yobe state Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker/Extraordinary National convention committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has commiserated with the government and people of Kaduna state over the death of the Emir of Zaria, Alhaji Shehu Idris.

Governor Buni described the death as a loss of a  nationalist who dedicated his life to the service of Nigerians.

The late Emir was a bridge builder who threw the doors of his domain open, accommodating all Nigerians irrespective of cultural, ethnic and religious differences.

“Late Shehu Idris built a mini Nigeria in Zaria where everyone lived and freely pursued their legitimate means of livelihood.”

He will be remembered for providing conducive environment to host numerous educational institutions and, making Zaria a citadel of learning in Nigeria.

Governor Buni prayed Almighty Allah to forgive his shortcomings and to grant him Aljannatur Firdaus.

The Governor also prayed Allah to give his family, Zaria emirate, government and people of Kaduna state and, Nigerians the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

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Mamman Mohammed
DG Press and Media Affairs to Gov. Buni.

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Biu Emirate loses Kuthi at the age of 80

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Biu Emirate loses Kuthi at the age of 80

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Kuthi (Emir) of Biu, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu has died at the age of 80 .

Confirming the death, the Borno state government through the commissioner of Information, Home Affairs and Culture, Hon. Babakura Abba Jatau said “Inna Lillahi wa innah ilayhi rajiun his royal highness the emir of Biu Mai Umar Mustapha Aliyu has answered the call of Allah Subuhanahu wa Taa La””

“Appointed June 1989 the late emir died this morning at the age of 80. He will be laid to rest in Biu by 2pm today Tuesday, 15 September, 2020 according to palace source may his soul rest in perfect peace.,” The statement added.

An emirate source told our correspondent that the Late Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu died at the Federal Medical Centre Gombe at about 8;45 pm on Monday night after a protracted illness.

“As I am talking now (10;35am) we just received the corpse of the Late Kuthi and the funeral prayer is scheduled to take place by 2;00pm today”, the source added.

The Late Emir who succeeded his father Alhaji Mustapha Aliyu was appointed in June 1989 and has spent 31 years as the Kuthi of Biu.

Late Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu was the 28th Emir of Biu and started his career as vetinery officer in Biu with Borno state government and was appointed the District head of Biu in 1975 and later appointed Emir of Biu in June 1989.

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FG adopts air drop strategy to ensure foods gets to IDPs inaccessible communities in Northeast

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FG adopts air drop strategy to ensure foods get to IDPs inaccessible communities in Northeast

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Worried by the plight of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge in inaccessible areas, the Federal Government through the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee has adopted an air drop strategy to ensure that foods get to the IDPs in the hard to reached communities in the Northeast

While speaking to newsmen shortly after the ascimilation exercise demonstrated by troops of the Nigerian Air Force the Air drop strategy at the Maiduguri International Airport during the weekend, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk said “we are adopting this strategy to ensure that our IDPs in hard to reached areas are benefited. The Air drops strategy which in collaboration with the troops of the Nigerian Air force is not a new strategy, it has been used in 2018 in Kala- Balge local government” and we adopting to ensure effective and efficient delivery”.

“the issues around inaccessible areas, areas where humanitarian aid workers cannot access. We are collaborating with the Nigerian Airforce to support us with air drop of food items to communities and areas that are not accessible. We have identified four areas which includes Rann, Mary’s, Damboa omang other communities, we are here to see the ascilmilation exercise of the air drop with a view to see how it will work and If there is any challenges, we will go back to the drawing board and correct it “, the minister added.

The Minister further said “the Air drop distribution is targeted at 26,067 households, totaling 156,402 individuals.. We are going sit-down with the Borno state government this night with a view to see how best all the hard to reach areas can be reached.”.

Hajiya faruk said “the government has.put in place measures to.ensure that the food items doesn’t get into the hards of insurgents through air surveillance and identification of real beneficiaries. The foods to distributed I Clyde’s 26*067 22.5kg of rice, 26,067 2.5 kg of beans, 26,067 12.5kg of maize and Millet, 4,394 packets of 20 grammes iiofizef salt, 2,604 of 29 litres vegetables oil, 4,345 cartons if superghetti and 2,173 cartons of seasoning cubes “

Earlier, the Air Taskforce Commander, Air commodore Precious Amadi said “the purpose is in case for any reason the foods cannot transported by road,, we will use air drop strategy to take food to the people by ayur. The Nigerian Aurforrce has the capacity to drop foods to people in inaccessible areas. We will do it whenever we are call to do so”

While on a courtesy call to the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, the Minister said ” we are here on behalf of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the National Humanitarian Coordination.committee to see how we can ensure no one is starve by ensuring food get to those in.hsrd to reach areas.”

Hajiya Faruk said “at a meeting held with the Vice President on 4th September 2020, it was discussed that accessibility issues faced by INGOs operating in
the NorthEast due to insecurity, floods or terrain, could be mitigated with the support of the security services and as outlined in the joint CiSEC Communique signed at the end of the 3 day Civil Security Cooperation Workshop held in Maiduguri from 6th–8th November 2019.The Communique highlights the need for Civil Security Cooperation to ensure the conduct of seamless humanitarian
activities.”

” Your Excellency, the CiSEC structures provide the relevant platform for the essential dialogue and interaction required between humanitarian\civilian and security actors that it is necessary to pursue common goals which protect and support persons of concern affected by emergencies created by wars, armed conflicts,and terrorism;
natural and secondary catastrophes; and technological and environmental disasters.”. She further stressed.

She stressed that “however,to ensure that we are able to provide adequate support, I wish to request that the State Government provide the
necessary information required to enable collaboration with the
Nigerian Airforce to drop food and non-food items in locations that
have been made inaccessible due to insecurity or the recent floods.”

She said ,the Managing Directoror NorthEast Development Commission NED and the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA will work with the Borno state team to ascertain and provide the NHCC with the required information to
ensure that the interventions provided are prioritise,and the needs and are
sufficient for the identified vulnerable communities”

Responding the Borno state Governor Professor Babagana Zulum represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Umar Kadafur said “we are working hard to see that we resettle all IFPs in the state volunteraliy , because they eager to go back to their communities. We have even commenced resettlement of our IDPs with the returned of the IDPs from.Auno, Ajiri, Kawuri and very soon we are going to resstlle the people of Baga, Ashigashiya and Ngoshe”.

Whe thanking the Federal Government for the support that have rendering to the IDPs in the Northeast, Governor Zulum assured that the Borno state government will work closely and support the Federal government to ensure all the food items get to the beneficiaries and no IDPs is starved.

The minister accompanied by the Borno state Deputy Governor, Alh Umar Kadafur, the Managing Director, NEDC Alhaji Goni Alkali, the DG NEMA Alh. Mohammed T Mohammed and others dignitaries inspects the food items at the NEMA store in Maiduguri.

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