Samuel Ofosu Ampofo ? Local government minister

THE MINISTER of Local Government and Rural Development, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo has called on parents to ensure that their babies are registered soon after birth as their contribution towards the provision of credible information to the national identification system.

He also advised parents to request birth
certificates when their babies were registered as proof of their Ghanaian nationality.

Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo made the call in a speech read on his behalf at this year?s National Births and Deaths Registration Day celebration at Bolgatanga in the Upper East region.

It was under the theme, ?Birth and death registration: a starting point for a credible identification system.?

The minister reminded the public that registration of all children before their first birthday was compulsory and free of charge.

He charged the public to report all deaths to the nearest birth and death offices for immediate documentation to help in planning for the population with infrastructural development.
Mr. Ofosu-Ampofo announced that his ministry was working hard to revamp and strengthen the birth and death registry and would ensure that it provided statistics on births and deaths in the country for national planning purposes.

According to him, if members of the public report all cases of births for registration, the country could achieve the 70 percent projected birth registration coverage by the end of 2012. The country recorded 65 percent of the projected birth registration at the end of 2011. The country?s death registration coverage according to the minister was currently around 24 percent and needed to be improved.

Information and data collection official at the
registry, Emmanuel Botchway said the choice for this year?s theme was a wake-up call to Ghanaians particularly the rural folk who do not register their births and deaths and therefore could not be covered under a national identification system until they got registered for a fee.

From: Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Bolgatanga


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