The National Population Commission says that a comprehensive database for births and deaths registration in the country from 2004 – 2019 will be ready by the end of the year .
The Chairman of the commission’ s Civil Registration and Vital Statistics, Dr Tayo Olatunji , disclosed this on Tuesday in Lokoja .
Olatunji , who spoke at the opening of a two – day workshop for 2014 and 2015 scanned vital registration forms , said that the registrations , which were done in analogue form , were being scanned and transferred electronically to a database .
Olatunji , a former Director- General of the NPC, said that vital registrations for 2004 , 2005 , 2006 , 2007 and 2008 had already been scanned and transferred electronically into the database .
He said that the scanning and transmission of vital statistics outstanding from 2009 to 2013 would commence as soon as money was released by the Federal Government .
According to him , the exercise is strenuous and challenging , but it has to be done for the country to be at par with other developed nations .
The NPC boss said that the statistics being worked upon now were mainly birth and death registrations from the 774 Local Government Areas in the country.
“ Since we have been writing them in analogue forms , they are not useful until they are put together in electronics form , ” he said .
Olatunji said that the organisation had since stopped the collection of vital statistics in analogue form , adding that the decision to go fully digital would help to change the direction of civil registration in Nigeria.