Milabban Population Network (MAPnet), a population data collection-oriented Non-Governmental Organisation has identified the lack of knowledge on the constitutional requirement for individuals to register their new born or departed relatives as a major contributor to the slow pace of development in the country.
MAPnet is therefore calling on government and concerned stakeholders to sit up and address the issue of birth and death registration in the country.
The network says through its outreach programmes in some districts in the central region it realised that many community leaders including religious leaders and assembly members are not aware the registration of newborn children and the dead is mandatory.
Per the Registration of Births and Deaths Act - 1965 (Act 301) Section – 2, there must be maintained registers of all births, foetal deaths and deaths occurring in the State.
The Deputy Executive Director of MAPnet, Mr. Francis Abban told ATL FM News that government’s immediate intervention in ensuring the situation is resolved to help in the easy implementation of policies is necessary.
He said with the birth certificate being a prerequisite to be registered for some national identity cards, urgent sensitization exercises must be undertaken to ensure that Ghanaians come to grips with the essence of birth registration.
He indicated that “Stakeholders should sit up and address this issue of birth and death certificate registration so that everyone will be at peace”.
Source: ABA AIKINS/ATL FM NEWS