Civic Registration & Vital Statistics

[one_half]Director:- Alhaji Babagana Wakil

BACKGROUND

The following events are registered under the compulsory VR Act:

  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Still births
  • Marriages
  • Divorces
  • Migration (Internal & International)
  • The registration of vital events in Nigeria is currently both universal and compulsory.
  • It is backed by Acts 39 of 1979 and Act 69 of 1992 as well as re-enforced by section23 of 3rd schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  • It is to continually update the outcome of Census exercises for real time accuracy

The current coverage of VR is both laughable and unacceptable  with the following coverage benchmarks:

  • Birth registration  38%
  • Death registration <10%
  • Still birth <1%
  • Marriages Yet to commence
  • Divorces  Yet to commence
  • International Migration

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Statistics last published in 1991

  • Internal Migration survey Report in process (First edition)
  • We have total no. of 2,951 registration centres (RCs) manned by Registrars nationwide with an average of 3 centres per LGA.
  • Out of the above total, 451 are ad-hoc registrars who are paid from our capital votes and are now for obvious reasons owed their allowances.
  • The RCs lack either office accommodation, furniture or both.
  • The last capacity building for field functionaries was in 2005
  • Registration Instruments are perpetually inadequate.
  • Revenue Leakages
  • Lack of adequate collaboration with Nigeria Immigration Services for proper capture of data at the border.

Intensify linkage and collaboration with all stakeholders for purposes of:

  • funding- a sector wide approach to funding will be institutionalised-state/LGA, Unicef, World Bank, EDF, UNFPA etc.
  • political thrust-State/LGA
  • capacity building- NPHCDA for IPDs & MSS, NIMC, NIS etc
  • Communication/Collaborative social mobilization –traditional rulers, religious leaders, FBOs, Media, Civil society, NOA and other MDAs
  • Achieving timeliness, accuracy and completeness in Vital statistics.
  • Production of prioritised, costed and operationalized annual business plans that responsibilise staff of VRD. This will be subject to quarterly performance review that will be accompanied with motivation/Sanctions
  • Amendment of the constitution/VR Act to achieve enabling legal environment
  • Enthronement of robust monitoring and evaluation framework for measurement of outcomes

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