Houet: A project offers 11,000 CNIB and 4,310 birth certificates to vulnerable people

The Inclusive Governance for Resilience (IGR) project, in partnership with the municipality of Bobo-Dioulasso, graciously established, on Wednesday May 10, 2023 in Bobo-Dioulasso, more than 11,000 National maps of identity (CNIB) and 4,310 birth certificate extracts for the benefit of vulnerable people in the municipality.

More than 11,000 Burkinabè national identity cards (CNIB) and 4,310 birth certificate extracts (Editor's note: i.e. 2 birth certificates per person for 2,155 people) have been issued for the benefit of vulnerable people in the municipality of Bobo -Dioulasso.

This gesture is the work of the Inclusive Governance for Resilience (IGR) project, in partnership with the municipality of Bobo-Dioulasso and the National Identification Office (ONI), with funding from the United States Agency for International Development ( USAID).

The official delivery of the documents to the beneficiaries took place on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at the central town hall of Bobo-Dioulasso.

The President of the special delegation (PDS) of the municipality of Bobo-Dioulasso, Adama Bidiga, recalled the importance of the birth certificate and the CNIB in the life of a citizen.

"These documents allow the individual to identify himself with his society, to acquire legal personality and to have access to a number of services," he said.

Adama Bidiga expressed the commune's gratitude to the IGR project and USAID for the gesture, which is the culmination of a process that began on April 3.

For him, the objectives of this operation are in line with the current needs of Burkina Faso, in general and the municipality of Bobo-Dioulasso in particular.

"Many of our citizens are deprived of these documents, either for lack of financial means or because they fled their localities leaving everything behind them because of the security situation", underlined the PDS.

The representative of the USAID Country Representative in Burkina Faso, Ousmane Maman Ibrahim, pointed out that the internal displacement of populations in recent years due to the security crisis is such that they often lose everything, including their documents. 'identify.

He added that these vulnerable people reside in urban centers or in rural areas and have no civil status or identity document.

According to him, several causes justify this state of affairs, including the lack of financial means, the non-declaration of birth or quite simply the fear of approaching the public service.

According to Ousmane Maman Ibrahim, it is to remedy this phenomenon that USAID has decided to support the free and massive issuance of birth certificates and CNIBs through the IGR project.

"Bobo-Dioulasso is the first stage of a campaign of its kind in 8 regions of Burkina Faso", he said.

According to him, this campaign should eventually enable 70,000 Burkinabe to obtain their CNIB and 21,000 others to have a birth certificate for the first time.

He thanked the municipal authorities and the ONI services for their collaboration and acknowledged that this enrollment operation, which took place from April 3 to 11, was a great success.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

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