Respect for Women, Children’s Rights will Help Nigeria Realise Her Potentials – NPopC

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kano

The National Population Commission (NPopC), said for Nigeria to realise her full potentials, women and children rights have to be respected.

Mr. Matthew Sunday, Director Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Department, National Population Commission, said this on Monday in Kano at the opening of a two day Media Dialogue on “Spotlight Initiative” an EU- UN global partnership to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls and all harmful practices in support of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

The focus of the Spotlight Initiative include legislation and policy framework, building institutions, prevention efforts, particularly addressing root causes of gender-based violence and harmful practices, and ensuring access to inclusive, timely, and affordable, quality services as well as data management across five focus states of Lagos, Adamawa, Sokoto, Cross-River and Ebony plus the FCT.

According to Mr. Matthew who was represented by a Deputy Director, Hajiya Hapsatu Husaini, “the earlier we realize that and respect the right of women and children the better for us. The society to realize its potentialities women and children rights have to be respected.”

He emphasized the need for everyone to register for birth certificate, adding that “it provides among other things the legal, documentary evidence to certify a person’s existence, age, parentage, birth place and nationality, it also Enables a person’s eligibility for health care, admission into school, voting, obtaining a passport, employment, marriage, etc.

“Checks incidences of child abuse, child trafficking, early marriages, child labour, unlawful detention, etc: It is critical for the Nigerian child: survival, health, education, social services initiatives and development goals.

“The birth certificate is the first legal identity recognize by law, any child that is not registered does not exist, Media Partners have a vital role to play in sensitizing public on the dangers of
violence against women and children.”

He therefore implore all the media executives participating at the dialogue to dedicate part of the stories and other programmes in sensitizing members of the public on the right of women and children and also to have birth certificates for their children.

“Violence against Women and Children is a monster that require synergy and collaboration to eradicate in our society.

“The National Population Commission is established to ensure that all
children born are duly registered and issued with certificate as a means of identity, Birth Registration is the official recording of the birth of a child through an administrative process of
the state and is coordinated by a particular branch of government (NPopC). It is a permanent and
official record of a child’s existence evidenced by a birth certificate.

“This address will not be complete without thanking the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU) immensely for identifying with the Commission in all its collaborations.

“UN/EU remain reliable and dependable partner anywhere particularly when it comes to a
programme on Civil Registration and Vital Statistic in Nigeria. Mr. Matthew added.

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