-Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Abdul-Malik Kweku Baako has criticised the ban on the registration of certain local names by the Births and Deaths Registry
-Mr Baako has said the ban suggests the registrar was not thinking as he is paid to do
The Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide, Abdul-Malik Kweku Baako has thrown jabs at the Registrar of Births and Deaths over a new directive which bans the registration of certain local names.
According to him, the directive from the registry suggests the one at the helm of affairs was not thinking as he is paid to do.
The registry caused a stir within the week when it announced that names like “Maame, Papa, Nana, Junior, Torgbui Nene, Nii, Ohemaa", among others which it deemed as titular names will no longer be eligible for registration because they are not permissible by the Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1965 (Act 301).
This has generated a lot of debate with many criticising the move as unnecessary and unlawful as it is discriminatory against our ideals as Ghanaians.
Pressure Group OccupyGhana has hinted of a possible suit against the state if the Registry does not change the policy.
Sharing his thoughts on the development on Joy FM's Newsfile on Saturday which was monitored by YEN.com.gh, Mr Baako supported calls against the new policy saying the registrar needed to be reminded that civil servants are paid to think and to act according to law.
“We need to remind the gentleman or the head of that institution that we pay public servants to think and to act in accordance with the law. We pay people to think”, YEN.com.gh heard him say.
Meanwhile, parliament has summoned the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama and the management of the Births and Deaths Registry, to explain the new directive.
The House wants to ascertain the source of power from which the registry has given such a directive.
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