Federal Commissioner, National Population Commission in Bayelsa State, Engr. Austen Pabor, yesterday, expressed concern over the tagging of Bayelsa State as a state of “aging population.
Pabor in an interview in Yenagoa during 2013 World Population Day, lamented Bayelsa State’s situation, which currently has the least birth registration figure in the country compared to other states.
He said: “It is worthy to note that presently, Bayelsa State has the least birth registration figure in the whole of the country.
“The situation is very pathetic when every other state is recording 20 times the figure of Bayelsa State, which is now regarded as an aging population.”
He decried the current situation where the state has only 26 registration centres for its 105 wards, a development he described as grossly inadequate.
Pabor said: “I call on the state government to collaborate with NPC to establish more registration centres and employ registrars in all the 105 wards as against the current 26 registration centres.
“They are grossly inadequate for 100 per cent coverage in the registration of births and deaths and issuing of attestation certificates.”
He, however, commended Bayelsa State Government on its bid to establish State Population Affairs Committee, SPAC, and urged it to expedite action on same.