The NPC stresses the importance of birth registrations
The National Population Commission, NPC, on Thursday said it had registered 102,140 births in Gombe State in 2013.
The NPC Commissioner in charge of the state, Bala Magaji, said this In Gombe.
He said the enlightenment programme of the commission has helped in eliciting positive response as more people now register their newly born babies.
Mr. Magaji said children from the age of 17 and below are also eligible to register.
“Registration is free of charge. I urge parents to register their children immediately after birth because the commission’s birth certificate is universally accepted.
“Some countries do not even issue visa to people without birth certificate provided by the Commission.”
He said the commission was also issuing attestation certificates to support the declaration of age and birth certificates of people above 17 years.
“Attestation certificate is equally universally accepted and it attracts only N2, 000. It is important for everybody to obtain it,” he advised.
The commissioner lamented that people were not keen in registering deaths, except few who did that because of gratuities.
“Death registration is important; it captures the age group that die most, as well as used for the purpose of medical research,” he said.