The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has said that Nigeria needs to improve on civil registration and vital statistics such as births and deaths so as to adequately address the nation’s population challenges.
The UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Mohammed Fall said this at the maiden commemoration of the Africa Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Day held in Abuja.
While speaking at the event, Mohammed Fall puts the total annual births in Nigeria at seven million children; a figure that equals the total population of Rwanda; and by extension, indicates that the number of children born in Nigeria in a single year could make up a country.
Fall said 10.5 million Nigerian children are out of school and 70 per cent of all married Nigerian women were married before the age of 15.
The Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), Eze Duruiheoma, said Nigeria will fully transit from manual registration of births and deaths to digital registration across the commission’s 3,600 registration centres in the country.