The National Population Commission (NPC) in Anambra state has assured that the era of over-aged, over-birth and other irregularities in registration of births and deaths by officers of the Commission was over following the 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 a 2-day training for Deputy Chief Registrars and Registrars on digitization of vital registration.
Ezeoke who was represented by the State Director, Mr Joachim Ulasi said the digitization of the process would also take care of low trace and slow pace of vital registration in the state due to analog form of registration which had weakened the structures across the country.
He revealed that a total of 66 staff, including 21 Comptrollers, 21 Registers and other member staff were selected for the training and were empowered with 21 laptops, printers and generator sets each to ensure seemless process.
He said, “We noticed that when we collect the forms containing the registration of births, deaths and still-birth data, they have been there for years and rarely analysed.
“As a result, we collaborated with the Health ministry under UNICEF to train over 572 as well as train 1,350 catechists, all targeted at assisting our registrers 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 for easy, faster and reliable documentation.”
Expressing optimism that the re-training process, when fully optimized would significantly enhance the operational efficiency of the process, the NPC boss challenged the controllers to upgrade themselves so as not to be dropped.
One of the trainers, Mr Uchenna Osegboo said the training would assist the participants with required skill into the digital version of the Commission targeted at ensuring that all vital events were registered in the state for safe keeping.
A participant and Comptroller, Orumba South Local Government, Onuekwe Ben-Chuks appreciated the Commission for the initiative, stressing that the digitization would reduce wastages at the same time increase accuracy and speed.