Nigeria Records Over 1000 Birth Registrations Between January And May 2023

Between January and May 2023, a total of 1,174,392 birth registrations have been documented nationwide, according to data obtained from the National Population Commission’s RapidSMS app.

RapidSMS serves as a platform for collecting and reporting data on birth registrations, both online and offline. The app revealed that registrations for children under one year old amounted to 362,798, while those for children under five reached 562,345. Additionally, registrations for children over five accounted for 249,249.

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Out of the total registrations, 580,820 were female children and 593,572 were male children. The app also disclosed that female children were registered in 2,573 centers, while males were registered in 3,936 centers across the country.

The app’s data further outlined the monthly breakdown of registrations: 304,118 births were registered in January, 142,142 in February, 267,583 in March, 228,456 in April, and 232,093 in May.

Lagos State recorded the highest birth registration figures, with 115,264 registrations, followed by Ogun State with 82,296 and Bauchi State with 76,767 registrations. Other states with notable registration numbers included Plateau (45,421), Zamfara (6,687), Yobe (13,109), Taraba (25,643), Sokoto (65,499), Rivers (32,095), Oyo (42,036), Niger (15,352), Nasarawa (9,545), Kwara (53,730), Kebbi (4,753), Katsina (41,096), Imo (14,983), Kano (10,693), Kaduna (17,641), Jigawa (7,462), Gombe (4,650), Enugu (5,330), and Ebonyi (27,004).

Furthermore, Delta recorded 37,467 births, Cross-River 12,732, Borno 67,416, Benue 38,009, Akwa-Ibom 24,181, Adamawa 33,796, Anambra 36,898, Bayelsa 9,440, Edo 53,490, Ekiti 22,048, Ondo 25,568, Osun 28,615, the Federal Capital Territory 26,768, Kogi 25,522, and Abia 26,058.

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Speaking about the data, Matthew Sunday, the Director of Vital Registration at the NPC, highlighted ongoing efforts to raise awareness and ensure that Nigerians register their children at birth. He emphasized the effectiveness of the RapidSMS app and the commission’s collaboration with organizations like UNICEF, primary healthcare agencies, the National Youth Service Corps, and the National Orientation Agency to promote birth registration.

Chidalu Glory

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