Borno State is currently topping the charts for the highest number of birth registrations within the last five years — despite the nine-year-old Boko Haram-sponsored insurgency in the northeast.
This was disclosed by Emmanuel Mark, Head of Department, Vital Registration Department, National Population Commission (NPoPC) in Borno, in an interview with NAN on Thursday.
According to Mark, who spoke at the sidelines of a media dialogue on birth registration in Kano, convened by the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the Child Rights Information Bureau, Federal Ministry information, Culture and Tourism, Borno came tops in the birth registration chart, with 83 per cent under-one registration, and 20 per cent under-five registration within the five-year period.
He also noted that children in camps housing Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were captured in the registration.
The National Demographic Health Survey (DHS) showed Borno’s figures as 172,878 boys and 190,438 girls, totalling 363,316 within the period.
Kano came second with 172,925 boys and 166,023 girls, totalling 338,948. Also, Lagos state registered 117,586 boys and 113,998 girls, totalling 231,584, while Oyo State registered 86,615 boys and 86,522 girls, which gave a total of 173,137.
The state with the lowest birth registration is Bayelsa with 7,567 boys and 7,309 girls totalling 14,876.