Tema Birth and Death registration infiltrated by middlemen

Laudia Sawer, GNA

Tema, July 17, GNA – Registrants
of birth and death in the Tema Metropolis stand the risk of being issued with
fake certificates due to the infiltration of the Metropolitan Birth and Death
Registry by middlemen.

According to information
reaching the Ghana News Agency indicates that these middlemen parade themselves
as commissioners of the Registry located at various hospitals with an office at
the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA).

They approach
unsuspecting people who want to register their births and deaths and end up
issuing them with fake certificates.

Some of them have
since been identified by the Registry and investigations into their activities
currently ongoing to gather evidence for them to be prosecuted.

Mr Felix Mensah Nii
Anang-La, Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, has therefore cautioned the public
to be aware of such unscrupulous persons parading themselves as Birth and Death

Mr Anang-La also urged
the public to immediately report such persons to the Tema Metropolitan Director
of Birth and Death or the Tema Metropolitan Coordinating Director for their

He encouraged the
public to transact business with only recognized persons of the Registry to
ensure that they receive genuine documents after successfully going through the
registration process.

He noted that the TMA
in collaboration with the Registry would organize training and development
programmes for staff, volunteers and personnel on data collection and client
relationship, to enhance their service delivery.

To make registration
more accessible to residents, staff of the Registry would in this year organize
outreach programmes and mass registration exercises in communities.

The Birth and Death
Registry, which was established by Act 301 of 1965, has the mandate to provide
accurate and reliable information on all births and deaths registration within
Ghana for socio-economic development of the country their registration and certification.

All births and death
occurrences are required by law to be registered. While birth registrations
within 12 months of occurrence is free late registration attracts a fee. All
deaths are also to be registered before burial.


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