Nigeria inaugurates electronic civil registration system

By : Adoni Conrad Quenum

Date : jeudi, 09 novembre 2023 16:49

Over the past few years, numerous African countries have embarked on a digital transformation journey, making strategic decisions and introducing digital tools to facilitate this transition.

Bola Tinubu (photo), President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, launched the electronic civil registration and vital statistics system (e-CRVS) in Abuja on Monday, November 6. The system is the result of a collaboration between the National Population Commission (NPC), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and Barnksforte Technologies Limited, a company specializing in the provision of technological solutions in Africa and worldwide.

This new technological tool should contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 16.9.2 on legal identity for all. In addition to e-CRVS, the national geospatial data repository and the national coordination committee of CRVS were also launched at the same event.

"Digitizing civil registration in Nigeria transcends technology; it's a pledge to future generations. Now, every child's existence will be acknowledged, marking a new era where every significant life event informs our nation's development," said Cristian Munduate, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria.

In October 2022, African ministers responsible for civil registration met in Addis Ababa to reflect on progress and accelerate efforts towards 2030 through reformed systems. The conference aimed to provide a dynamic platform for education, awareness-raising, knowledge, and experience sharing on CRVS, legal identity processes, and products. Nigerian authorities took the lead by setting up their e-CRVS, which will enable, among other things, the collection of information such as birth registration, stillbirth registration, birth certificate, adoption, marriage notification, divorce notification, migration, or death certificates.

"The aim [...] is to accelerate the improved civil registration and vital statistics systems in Nigeria over ten years, from 2023 to 2030 in a bid to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG):16.9.2 - legal identity for all, including birth registration," explains Nasir Isa Kwarra, Chairman of the National Population Commission.

Adoni Conrad Quenum


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