The National Population Commission (NPC) in Anambra state on Friday assured that the era of overbirth, overaged registrations and other irregularities in the registration of birth and deaths in the state following digitization of the process.
The Federal Commissioner of the commission in the state, Mr Chidi Ezeoke stated this in Awka during the official flag-off of training for Deputy Chief Registrars and Registrars on digitization of vital registration.
Ezeoke who was represented by the state Director, Mr Joachim Ulasi said a total of 66 staff, including 21 Controllers, 21 Registers and other member staff were selected for the training and empowered with 21 laptops, printers and generator sets each to ensure seemless process.
He said the decision to digitize the process was informed by low trace of vital registration in the state due to analog form of registration which had weakened the structures across the country.
He highlighted the areas for the registration to include: registration of births, deaths, marriages and migration, adding that facts from the processes with statistical data were needed in planning attainment of development goals towards improving the well-being of the people.
He said, “We noticed that when we collect the forms containing the registration of births, deaths and still-birth data, they are rarely analysed and have been there for years.
“We also collaborated with the Health ministry under UNICEF to train over 572 to assist our staff as well as training 1,350 catechist to assist our registrars in churches to capture infant during baptism.
“We also discovered that the 148 vital registration centers in the state have not been enough, resulting to non capturing of many births. Hence the decision to digitize the process.”
Expressing optimism that the re-training process, when fully optimized would significantly enhance the operational efficiency of the process Ezeoke challenges controllers to upgrade themselves so as not to be left out.
One of the trainees, Mrs Justina Ulasi from Awka South appreciated the commission for the initiative, saying the existence of accurate, regular and reliable vital registration would further strengthen and accelerate the vital registration service delivery at state and community levels.