RITA continues registration of children in Geita, Shinyanga

19Mar 2017
The Guardian Reporter
Guardian On Sunday
RITA continues registration of children in Geita, Shinyanga

REGISTRATION, Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (RITA) and Tigo Tanzania in collaboration with UNICEF expect to launch the fourth phase exercise of registering children under five in Geita and Shinyanga regions early next week.

According to a statement issued by RITA, registration of the children and issuing of certificates will be carried out in all three districts of Shinyanga Region ad all five districts of Geita Region.

“According to statistics of the 2012 census, only 9.4 per cent of children in Shinyanga and 8.6 per cent in Geita have been registered and issued with certificates. The aim is to register all 740,912 children under five who do not have certificates in the two regions within six months,” said RITA Chief Executive Officer, Emmy Hudson.

To ensure the exercise is a success, there will be more than 650 registration centres manned by about 1,250 officials in all the two regions. The officials will be posted at the offices of local government executive officers and at health centres where mothers take children to clinic.

“The results from a similar exercise we carried out in Iringa and Njombe regions will be used to ensure that all children receive the service in Geita and Shinyanga regions,” said Hudson, adding that the regions registered children by 100 per cent in five months.

Tigo Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Halima Okash said that the company has been a major partner in registering children under five since 2012 with the aim of assisting the government address the problem of having unregistered children that has persisted for many years, threatening to derail short and long term development goals.

“The world over, accurate data which is readily available is key to achieving development goals that is why one of the main aims of this program is to use mobile phone technology to receive and send data to RITA database once a child is registered,” said Okash.

Okash added that Tigo is proud of using its available technology to ensure that every child that is born in this country is registered and thus recognised by relevant authorities and the government will subsequently know the exact number of children and their ages.

A birth certificate is the initial document identifying a child ad it is therefore a basic right for children. Hudson has called on all stakeholders including leaders at the regional, district, ward and local government level to work together to make the exercise a success.

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