The Federal Government and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have collaborated on digitalising birth registration system for effective delivery.
The government stated that birth registration is important in any country, because the data is used for planning, and that without effective registration, the planning will fail.
The UNICEF Child Protection Manager, Kano Field Office, Emelia Allan, said that the organization is doing its best on child right protection, and that the government has agreed on five key areas, including law and policies in line with international standard.
Speaking during at a two-day capacity building workshop organised for journalists from Katsina, Kano and Jigawa, Allan said that the capacity building workshop was organised by the Kano State own Abubakar Rimi Television (ARTV).
”Arrangement on the planned exercise has gone far, with Kano State as the pilot state, saying that the success in Kano will determine how the exercise will go about nationwide.
“Also, increasing birth registration is among the key areas, the good news is that Kano is piloting the digital birth registration system we are supporting the government with.
“We want to digitise birth registration, the manual registration is part of the processes that is making birth registration low.
“The government wants to digitise the system, and Kano is piloting it in all the 44 local government areas in the state, so we are working towards that,” she said.
Allan said that once the birth registration is increased in Kano, it is like they increased it nationwide, and that they are starting the exercise in October.
The child’s right protection expert further added that digital registration of the children would go direct to the system and a digital certificate printed, not like that of the manual system.