The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has estimated that 26,039 babies would be born in Nigeria on New Year Day.
The UNICEF Nigeria Representative, Peter Hawkins, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to him, the figure placed the country’s babies as making up 7 per cent of the estimated 392,078 babies that would be born on the day globally.
Hawkins said over half of these births are estimated to take place in eight countries globally.
“India — 67,385, China — 46,299, Nigeria — 26,039,
Pakistan — 16,787, Indonesia — 13,020, The United States of America — 10,452, The Democratic Republic of Congo — 10,247, Ethiopia — 8,493,”
“The beginning of a new year – and this year, a new decade – is a chance for us to reflect on our hopes and dreams for the future of Nigeria – especially for those who stand to inherit this country; its children.
“As we start each new year, we are reminded of the potential of each and every Nigerian child embarking on her or his life’s journey—if only they are given that chance to survive and thrive,” Mr Hawkins said.
Hawkins said each January, UNICEF celebrates babies born on New Year’s Day, an auspicious day for childbirth around the world.