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Appreciating EU/UNICEF intervention in improving Birth registration in Adamawa



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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Covid-19; Adamawa Government announces lockdown



Covid-19: Adamawa Government announces lockdown

By Baba Yakubu Yola

Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa has announced two weeks lockdown of the state starting Tuesday midnight as part of measures to contain the spread of Convid-19 pandemic.

Fintiri made this known in a statement through his Press Secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou.

Fintiri said the painful decision became necessary to save lives

“The Adamawa State Government has imposed a lockdown throughout the State in an effort to avoid the spread of Corona Virus disease for a period of 14 Days with effect from midnight Tuesday March 31st 2020.

“Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri says though painful, the decision is necessary to save lives.

“Inter State travel restriction is also imposed as inter State and international borders with Cameroon are to remain shut during this period.

“The ban also affects tricycle, taxis and bus operators throughout the State.”

Fintiri lamented that the directive to workers on grade levels 1-14 to stay at home issued last was not adhered to in the first instance and therefore Government is left with no option than to impose the lockdown in the overall interest of the people as Covid-19 continues to spread with 111 reported cases in Nigeria so far.

“Social Activities such as Clubbing and Joints are banned, Markets are also hereby restricted, except for those selling food items, Pharmaceuticals, Filling Stations, while Banks are to provide skeletal services”.

The Government however emphasises on the need to ensure basic hygiene practices of hand washing, social distancing and avoiding crowded places.

Fintiri said that the measures were aimed at stemming the spread of a Corona Virus outbreak that has affected the economy, threatened public health care and killed more people than any other disease.

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Covid-19; Gov. Buni inspect Isolation centre



Covid-19; Gov. Buni inspects Isolation center

By Daily Hint Damaturu

His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni,  the executive Governor of Yobe state, today went on inspection tour of one of the Isolation Centres for the COVID-19 emergency treatment unit in the state.

The isolation center is designated and located at the State Special Hospital, also referred to as Sani Abatcha Specialists Hospital Damaturu.

His Excellency, Gov. Buni was taken round the facility by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mohammed Lawan Gana who is also the Co-Chair of the State Task Force Team on Corona virus covid-19


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Borno Government to ban passengers, vehicular movement into the state from Tuesday 31st 2020



Borno Government to bans passengers, vehicular movenent into the state from Tuesday 31st March 2020

By Madu Mohammed, . Maiduguri

The Borno state government has announced the banned on passengers and vehicular movement into the state from all entry points of the state from Tuesday, March 31st 2020

Governor Babagana Zulum made the closure of the state in a statement signed by himself said ” all passengers and vehicular movement into the state are banned with effect from Tuesday 31st March. 2020. Except those bringing in food items, medications, fuel and other humanitarian goods”.

Governot Zulum.said the closure will last for two weeks in the first instance,

The verification exercise of the local government staff is hereby suspended for the next two weeks. All shops and organised business areas to provide hand washing stations and temperature monitoring and promote social distance
advises financial institutions and shops to provide hand sanitizers and temperature checking equipment at all operational points and maintain social distancing in crowded areas.,” the governor added.

The statement further directs civil servants from grade levels one to twelve to work from home, except those on essential services.and also suspends the ongoing verification exercise of pensioners in the state.

Prof. Zulum said ” all civil servants from.grade level 1 to 12 to work ftom home, except those on essential services such as health workers, water and borehole operators. Fire service. Security etc”

As from Tuesday 31st March, 2020 all banks operating in Maiduguri and organisation using biometric attendance equipment must provide hand washing stations and hand sanitizers at all operation point. Furthermore, banks to limit  numbers of customers in banking hall not more than 15 at a time and to activate all ATM points to function, the statement added

Zulum.while calling for calm.and intensified prayer’s assured thst Government has put in place, palliatives to cushion the hardship of vulnerable people.


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