Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu who spoke during the stakeholders’ meeting on birth registration with the theme, “Accelerated Birth Registration,” initiated by his wife, stated that no school enrolment for children without birth certificate.
The Governor who further disclosed that birth certificate would be a requirement for children under the age of five to access free medical treatment in the state, added that henceforth it would be one of the criteria for enrolment of pupils into primary schools in the state.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who stressed that there will be no school enrolment for children without birth certificate during the meeting, stated that the decision became necessary as lack of a functioning birth registration system had made it impossible for both federal and state governments to adequately plan for the citizens, especially children.
The Governor also called for a synergy between the National Population Commission and the Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Board to ensure accelerated birth registration in the state, also maintained that community leaders have to play a positive role in ensuring that new births were registered in their various communities.
He said, “The birth certificate would provide documentary evidence required for relevant occasions, such as school enrolment, voting and graduation; it will also give right of identity to the children.”