Some officials at the Births and Deaths Registry reportedly take about GHC150 to get birth certificates for non-Ghanaians, YEN.com.gh can report.
Information available from Myjoyonline.com suggests that Ivoirians, Cameroonians and Nigerians are the main beneficiaries of the deals.
In a documentary titled “Paper Citizens,” investigative journalist, Kwetey Nartey unearthed the underhand dealings at the registry, in which some officials collect these unapproved fees from the public.
YEN.com.gh understands that these monies do not end up in the state coffers, but in private pockets.
Birth is expected to be registered free. Late registration however attracts a processing and penalty charge of GH¢50. Particular search in the register of births and deaths registry is GH¢5.
In 2004, the financial administration regulation required all heads of government institutions that generate revenue to charge prescribed fees for services performed.
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