The United Nations Children Education Fund, UNICEF says the births of nearly two hundred and thirty million children under the age of five worldwide have never been officially recorded.
The Agency said only 30 per cent of births of Nigerian children below five had so far been registered.
The Deputy Country Representative of UNICEF Pernille Ironside, made this known during the public presentation of “Impact Evaluation Report of UNICEF-Supported Birth Registration Programme in Nigeria twenty twelve to twenty sixteen in Abuja.
Ironside said this was in spite of the clear importance of ensuring the registration of every child’s birth, which was a critical part of UNICEF’s four pillars of child rights of survival, development, protection and participation.
She noted that to achieve birth registration for all children in Nigeria, UNICEF had been working with the Nigerian Government to address systemic bottlenecks that impeded birth registration, with a view to achieving sustainable results for children.