Residents of Kauran Wali community at Kudan Local Government Area, Kaduna State trooped to a Model Primary Health Care Center to register their children for birth certificates.
The residents took the step after partaking in a community dialogue reorientation on irth registration organized by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in collaboration with the National Population Commission (NPC).
Malam Lawal Umar, the traditional head of the community, commended the NOA and NPC for bringing the program to his community, saying it was timely.
He explained that the community needed the exercise as children attending schools need a birth certificate but do not know where to register.
Rakiya Musa, a mother of two, said she was now aware of the importance of registering a child with the NPC, adding that she would ensure that all her children get birth certificates.
Another parent, Sadiya Jibril, a mother of three said she wanted to register her children but had no idea where she could register them but was happy to register them now.
Earlier, Yusuf Balarabe, the representative from NOA, said birth certificate was important as it was the first and most important document for a citizen.
“NOA and NPC noticed that many people do not go to birth registration centers that is why we decided to go into the community and sensitize them on the importance of birth registration.
“We are also here to solicit for your support to conduct the registration; we have been here for the past two days and we intend to continue the registration for four days,” he said.
He explained that the agency was targeting to register 14,400 children by engaging 1440 households through community dialogue in six local government areas of Kudan, Makarfi, Soba, Jaba, Kauru, and Lere.
Meanwhile, Mr. Nasiruddeen Shafi’I, the NPC facilitator for the exercise said birth registration assists the government in gathering data of its citizen, which would help in budget planning.
He urged all parents to register their children as it was a passport to life adding that birth certificate was free for children of age five and below.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the reorientation and registration was supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)