If you are an Adult, but do not have a Birth certificate and have plans to acquire one, you may have to reconsider your decision because you may end up in jail.
This is a warning from the Registrar of Births and Deaths, Reverend Kingsley Asare Addo who has said it is against the laws of Ghana for an Adult (grown-ups) to acquire a birth certificate.
He indicated the law stipulates that Birth certificates must be acquired at the time of birth and not when such person has attained a certain age and needs the certificate for urgent purposes such as acquiring a passport, Job interviews or seeking school admission.
Speaking at the 15th Births and Deaths Registration Awareness creation Campaign in Accra, Reverend Kingsley Addo admonished parents to register their children at birth to avoid future embarrassment.
“No child should grow to come and register his or her birth, it is against the law. The situation in this country where only people think about birth certificate when they need passport, Job interview or seeking school admission should be discouraged. Birth and Death certificate should be done as and when the event of birth or death occurs”. Rev. Kingsley Addo said.
He stressed that the non-registration of births and death resulted in the loss of information which affects national planning and sharing of government resources.
On his part the deputy minister for local government and rural development Akwasi Adjei Boateng reminded the public that was illegal to bury dead bodies without acquiring a burial permit or death certificate.
He said the indiscriminate interment of human bodies is against the laws of the country hence must be stopped.
He noted that the practice aside being illegal, also has an effect on health and other issues that negatively affect the environment.