Other Africans pay monies to get Ghanaian birth certificates - Report

Other Africans pay monies to get Ghanaian birth certificates - Report

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.

Front view of a building

A Births & Deaths registry Source: The NewGhana.com
Source: UGC

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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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