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By: Ade Adeleke
Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, yesterday said birth registration certificate would soon be a major prerequisite for the registration of pupils into public primary schools in the state.
He said the birth registration certificate will also serve as ease of access for Children under the age of Five who are included in the free health care services of the state government.
Governor Akeredolu described the move as part of the efforts to collaborate with the Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu Foundation towards a better birth registration in the state.
The governor spoke at the one day stakeholders summit on Birth Registration in the state held at the International Culture and Events Center (DOME), Igbatoro Road, Akure.
Akeredolu said correct birth registration will help the government plan for the future of the children and also engender development in the state.
The governor said :”Let me congratulate Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu Foundation for putting this together. I want to believe that as the UNICEF as rightly underscored it, this initiative is a great one and greatly appreciated
“I listened to the NPC and everyone who has spoken about this inalienable right of our children, the right to identity. The need for planning. The two work together . If we do not have good birth registeration we can’t plan properly”.
“One thing that’s very clear is that the government can not do it alone. Hence, the initiative of BAAF must be recognised and applauded. We must find of way of to collaborate with the foundation. As a government I believe that part of our collaboration will be to have a policy statement. The time has come for all our children to have birth registration certificate before registration in our primary Schools”.
“Under our health policy, children under 5 are treated free of charge, we must insist that our children must have birth registration certificate or they are issued one at the hospital. As a government, it is important for us to assist, because this birth registration will help us in planning. For us to plan, we need to have correct figures and our population. We will henceforth encourage BAAF. “