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The Government has directed the Registry of Births and Deaths to review its operational guidelines banning some names.

This was revealed by the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Hajia Alima Mahama when she appeared before Parliament after she was summoned over the controversial policy.

Mr John Agbeko, Registrar at the Births and Deaths outfit, explained to Daily Heritage that local names like “Nana, Nii and Togbe” are most used as stool names and title for leaders in the traditional setup.

Register ‘title’ names – Minister orders Births Registry

The Local Government Minister has ordered the Births and Deaths Registry to scrap its guidelines that prevent people from registering certain indigenous Ghanaian names.

The Ministry says parents should be allowed to register any name they wish to give their children. The intervention follows growing public outcry after the registry said names such as Naa, Nana, Nii and Junior among others would not be registered.

The Local Government Minister, Hajia Alima Mahama, who gave the directive, made it known in Parliament today [Tuesday] January 30, 2018.

Accra Mayor, Mohammed Adjei Sowah

Accra Mayor, Mohammed Adjei Sowah has condemned how some churches and corporate institutions advertise their institutions and events.

Citing posters and banners of an upcoming programme of some churches, Mr. Sowah stated, "it is so disheartening to see this kind of posters and banners splashed in the whole of Accra and can go as far as Mprampram to see these things there."

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has recorded an astronomical jump in revenue from its road worthiness certificate renewals in January after the implementation of its smart card system.

The authority collected GH¢19.8 million from roadworthiness certificate renewals from January 1 to 25, this year, as against a little more than GH¢2.6 million recorded in January 2016 and GH¢2.7 million in January 2017.

According to the Chief Executive of the authority, Mr Kwasi Agyeman Busia, the increase in revenue was as a result of the introduction of the authority’s smart card system.

The management of health and medical information in Ghana leaves much to be desired. This, is according to Dr. Bettina Ama Boohene-Andah, ex-President John Kufuor’s personal physician when he was in office.

Her comments come on the back of criticisms against the manner in which information concerning the health status of Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has been handled.

Dr. Bawumia traveled to the United Kingdom a week ago on medical leave after he was reported sick in a statement issued by the Presidency.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has launched the 70th anniversary celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with a call on all to ensure that the fight for the protection and respect for human rights remains a constant one.

Speaking at an event to commemorate the anniversary of the Declaration, which took place on the side-lines of the on-going 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union on Monday, Mr. Akufo-Addo noted that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, since its adoption on 10th December, 1948, has been the basis of considerable advances in the universal protection of human rights.

With Africa having overcome several trials and tribulations, such as slavery, imperialism, colonialism, tyranny, and dictatorship, the President indicated that the African people continue to chalk significant successes in advancing the promotion and respect for human rights in their governance.

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