The Lagos State Government has asked residents to stop paying for birth certificates , saying any state official who demanded money should be reported for disciplinary actions .
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Primary Health Board, Dr Tayo Lawal , spoke during the inauguration of the Surulere Primary Health Centre, Agbado- Oke -Odo , Alimosho Local Government Area.
The health centre was renovated and equipped by the Embassy of Japan in partnership with a non - governmental organisation, Street- to -School Initiative .
He urged the people to protect the facility and equipment, assuring them that the government would deliver efficient medical services at the health centre .
“ There is , however , one thing I want you to monitor . If we have birth registration in this place and we are issuing birth certificates , you are not expected to pay a kobo for them. If anybody asked you for money, report such a person. We are assuring you that we will provide adequate personnel for this health centre, ” Lawal added.
The Baale of Oke Abiye Town , Nojeeb Ajolojuota, asked that doctors be deployed in the health centre and a house built for them so they could operate 24/ 7.
The Charge D’ Affairs of the Embassy of Japan, Mr Takayuki Shinozawa, said the project was aimed at “ bringing inclusive basic health care to everyone in the community by renovating the facility, providing a water purification system , a solar power system , office furniture , hospital equipment, among others.”
The founder of the Street -to - School Initiative , Oluwatosin Olowoyeye-Taiwo
, said the death of a pupil and a parent over poor health care informed her decision to seek interventions .
She noted that the centre was her second project in the area.
GUYS, HAVE YOU BEEN PAYING FOR BIRTH CERTIFICATE?