A faith based group, the Community of Sant’Egidio Nigeria is in dialogue with the National Population Commission in Nigeria with the aim of providing an identity and a brighter future for the Nigerian child, especially those in hard-to-reach areas, through birth registration and issuance of certificates.
The project titled, “BRAVO”, which means Birth Registration for All Versus Oblivion, is the inventiveness of the Community of Sant’Egidio, focused on promoting civil registration of children across Africa before their 18th birthday.
The meeting at the National Headquarters of the Commission in Abuja on Monday, had representatives of the Commission and some members of the Community of Sant’Egidio, led by the Country Representative, Mr. Prince Ezike.
Speaking on the proposed project, Mr. Ezike explained that the intended partnership with the commission was necessitated by the growing rate of unregistered and faceless children in the country, especially in rural communities, is alarming with dire negative consequences on both national and personal development.
He also said that the project has the capability to assist governments at all levels to design and implement better and strategic policy decisions for Nigerians, premised on increased and reliable data collection and analysis.
According to Mr. Ezike, the BRAVO project would also facilitate the promotion of peace across the country as it traverses ethnic divides and establishes its footing in the 36 states of the federation.
Responding, the Director, Vital/Civil Registration of the National Population Commission, Alhaji Umar Musa, commended the resourcefulness and circumspection of Sant’Egidio for the initiative, stating that the project would help in no small way to advance the mandates of the commission.
Alhaji Musa, who was amazed at the level of commitment and selflessness exhibited by members of the faith based group to the cause of humanity, said though the commission was excited and favourably disposed to collaborating with Sant’Egidio, it will however present the proposed BRAVO project to its board for further considerations and eventual verdict.
According to him, the commission has its presence in the 744 Local Government Areas across the country and it would be of great interest and benefit to work with Sant’Egidio for national and human development.
The Community of Sant’Egidio, founded by Prof. Andrea Riccardi in Rome in 1968, currently exists in over 78 countries including Nigeria is constantly promoting dialogue and peaceful coexistence as well as respect for humanity.
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