The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), the National Population Commission (NPC), and UNICEF have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to revolutionize and improve birth registration in Nigeria.
According to the Director General of NYSC, Brig. Gen. YD Ahmed, the MoU signed on Wednesday is aimed at solidifying the three organizations’ commitment to collaborate and support the digitalized birth registration process in 22 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
According to General Ahmed, who spoke about the collaboration in Abuja, the “partnership aims to provide a robust framework within which the parties can implement a comprehensive and efficient digitalized birth registration process across Nigeria.”
“The NYSC is proud to collaborate with the NPC and UNICEF on this critical initiative,” Ahmed said.
“Our deployment of 850 corps members as coordinators and supervisors across 22 states and the FCT will ensure effective monitoring and supervision of the birth registration process.” “Together, we will strive to achieve comprehensive data collection and availability, supporting increased birth registration coverage in our respective LGAs.”
Speaking about the partnership, Nasir Isa Kwarra, Chairman of NPC, stated that the NPC, as a key partner in the project, will play a critical role in ensuring the success of this partnership.
“We are committed to assisting in the recruitment of ad hoc birth registrars at the ward level and ensuring that registration materials are available to coordinators and supervisors.”
“Together, we will generate and analyze digitalized birth registration data at LGAs and wards, ultimately increasing birth registration coverage.”
UNICEF, for its part, stated that it will bring its expertise to the table to support digitalized birth registration services in priority states.
“Our primary focus will be on providing technical assistance and evidence-based interventions,” UNICEF’s representative in Nigeria, Cristian Munduate, said.