By Musa Kamara
Sierra Leone joined other nations across the globe to celebrate this year’s Second African Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Day (CRVS) on Friday 10th August 2019 at the Miatta Conference Hall, Youyi Building, Freetown.
In his keynote address at the ceremony, Vice President Dr Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh assured the public of government’s support to the progress of the National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA) in the development of a detailed and comprehensive civil registration which clearly rings a bell to President Bio’s vision of inclusive human resource development.
He furthered that the Bio led administration is very keen in capturing every Sierra Leonean in the population statistics thereby making each and every one count in all sectors of development.
The VP also acknowledged the importance of the international partners such as UNDP, UNICEF, WHO, European Union, World Bank, Plan International, and many more for their contributions.
He disclosed that the government has established a Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) in the Office of the President, which amongst the works of such institution is to strategize the efficient and adequate use of data for national development.
VP Juldeh Jalloh implored NCRA to exploit such innovation whereby new technologies would also be tapped into the direction of data collection and management.
The Vice President also pledged government’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), citing Goal 16 which calls for universal legal identity inclusive of birth registration which is an essential human rights issue.
In his remarks, the Director General of NCRA, Mohamed Mubashir Massaquoi described the establishment of NCRA by an Act of Parliament as a new dawn in civil registration identity management in the country.
Mr Massaquoi emphasized government’s commitment to having what he described as “an improved and well functional CRVS System…”
Statements were also made by the Chief Minister, Minister of Internal Affairs, Deputy Minister of Finance, EU Representative, UNDP Representative, Statistics Sierra Leone, Chief Medical Officer, and others.