The Northern Regional Director of Births and Deaths Registry, Mr. Amidu Sulemana, has called on government to revamp the institution for effectiveness despite improvements in efficiency of its services as the manual system registrations respectively have been replaced with the electronic lifetime birth registration software.
”Government can look at birth and death registry, revamp the institution very well, Lets us do universal birth registration and we see within five years you wouldn’t see anybody having may be ten years or two years coming here to do birth registration”.
As mandated by law, the Registry is the only institution in charge of birth and death registration with a core mandate of registering all births and deaths occurring in the region for socio-economic development of the region although late registration (above 1 year) currently is allowed which is causing lots of problems. The births and deaths registry was established by an act of parliament (Act 301, of 1965) to provide accurate and reliable information on all births and deaths happening in Ghana for effective and efficient policy decision making. For over fourty years, the registry has still not been able to register all late births because there is no ban on it by the government.
The Births and Deaths Registry was established by an act of parliament (Act 301, of 1965) to provide accurate and reliable information on all births and deaths happening in Ghana for effective and efficient policy decision making. For over fourty years, the registry has still not been able to register all late births because there is no ban on it by the government.
Mr. Amidu disclosed this in an interview with North Star News on the response of the general public to the registration of births and deaths in the Northern Region.
He disclosed that the registry was able to achieve 72% of its target of last year nonetheless the Registry is faced with some challenges including staffing, transportation and funding for monitoring. He asserted that the only primary source of identity in Ghana is the birth certificate and if not for governments inability to Synchroniz software of data collection agencies with each other, cost of data collection on the population size of the country especially, would have been less.
“There is no document that tells anyone his identity apart from the birth certificate. If all of us could have put our minds on the birth registration, now if a child is registered at birth, the child is barely less than one or two months so you register the child at birth, let’s say a software that is just unique, an entry number of the child is taken to be a unique number for the child, let’s say that if the child is turning six, at least the system that we have should communicate with NIA to be able to tell that this number of children are turning six this year NIA take that particular data on their data, now if those children are turning eighteen their system should also talk to electoral commission and electoral commission will also come out with it.
”We are having problems with this because of the adult registration, that is just the problem because if it is the fresh birth registration how can you doubt a child who was born in 1980 having a birth certificate how can you doubt that child. It’s just the adult registration we have problems with and even if we are able to do universal birth registration, adult registrations will be the thing of the past.
Mr. Amidu Sulemana added that the region is woefully under staffed with only 12 permanent staff taking charge of 26 district offices and 34 points of registration with two staff at the Regional office and the rest doted throughout the region. This makes the registry rely greatly on volunteers to be able to undertake their mandate.
Source: Abubakar Abdul Kadir/northstarfmonline.com