The United Nations Children’s Fund has said Africa continent has the lowest birth registration rate in the world, saying that 11 per cent of unregistered children in West Africa are from Nigeria.
UNICEF, in a statement on Tuesday, disclosed that only 44 per cent of children are registered at birth while millions of deaths also go uncounted each year.
UNICEF Nigeria Country Representative, Peter Hawkins, said, “Every child counts and we must ensure that we count every child, so that they can best benefit from important services like health and education.
“We need to work together to ensure effective coordination to make this happen. Functional systems that allow for the sharing of data across information management databases that are integrated with other vital services are necessary to push the birth registration rate in Nigeria up, and make sure every child is counted.”