An awareness alarm has been raised by some residents of Bauchi as they alleged accuse officials of charging some fees before obtaining birth certificates in the on-going registration of birth conducted by the National Population Commission (NPC) in the state.
Residents of Baran Gada, Kofar Gwalemeji, Yelwa Kagadama, Angwa Kanawa among others, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that they had to pay at least N100 before they were issued the certificates.
They said that those who could not afford to pay were denied the certificates, contrary to an earlier announcement by the state government that the document was free of charge.
One of the residents, Mrs Hafsatu Musa of Angwa Kanawa said that she had to borrow N1,000 to register her children and those of her relations.
Malam Sule Dan-Azare, a Woodcarver in Yelwa Kagadam said that he paid N300 to register his child.
“On Saturday, our local chief told us to come to his palace and register our children, in spite that we had done it earlier.
“When I presented the certificates I earlier collected, NPC officials told me that the documents were not NPC certificates and I was left with no option than register again,” Dan-Azare said.
He said that the payment of fees in the area had hindered considerable number of parents from registering the births of their children.
The NPC Supervisor in charge of Yelwa Center, Malam Ma’aji Husseini, confirmed the incident but stated that the officials involved were not ad hoc staff engaged by NPC.