The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF and National Population Commission, NPC have rolled out birth registration of one million children in Kano state in 2023 using the digital system.

UNICEF’s Kano Chief of Field Office, Rahama Farah, while speaking at a two-day stakeholder’s engagement meeting on Digital Birth Registration in Kano, said the exercise targeted birth registration of one million children in 2023.

Farah, who was represented by Michael Banda, Officer-in- Charge, UNICEF, noted that the right to be recognised as a person before the law was a critical step in ensuring lifelong
protection. According to him, it’s also a prerequisite for exercising all other rights.

In a remarks, the Director of Civil Registration and Statistics, NPC, Matthew Sunday, urged parents to ensure the registration of their children at birth.

Also, the Emir of Gaya, Aliyu Ibrahim, said birth registration was the first step toward establishing legal identity, noting that importance of registration included legal identity, planning and development.