Nigeria: Extortion, scarce centres bedevil birth registration in Kwara, Kano (PART I)

Published: 26/Apr/2019
Source: International Centre for Investigative Reporting

Birth registration of children in Nigeria has been low, despite the initiative introduced in 2012 by National Population Commission with the support of UNICEF (Nigeria) to address the problem of low birth registration in the country.  The ICIR commissioned three reporters to visit various hospitals, clinics and primary healthcare centres in different states across the country to witness birth registration process and report their findings. In this report Racheal ABUJAH, bring a report from Kwara and Kano.

WHEN Babatunde Opeyemi, an indigene of Ilorin in Kwara State, applied for the Ashisaga Africa Initiative scholarship for higher education abroad, she had very high hopes. The scholarship covers tuition, accommodation, travel costs and other necessary fees. Only one thing stood between the 17-year old and her dream of acquiring a university degree abroad through the Ashisaga Initiative – a birth certificate duly issued by the National Population Commission, NPC.

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Themes: Birth Registration
Regions: Nigeria
Year: 2019