Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has announced that Cabinet has given policy approval for the submission to Parliament for consideration, a Bill submitted by the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development (Hajia Alima Mahama) to decentralize births and deaths registration in Ghana.
The Bill seek to make efficient the registration of births and deaths across the country.
The Vice President made this revelation when he paid a surprise visit to the head office of the Births and Deaths Registry in Accra on Thursday June 25, 2020.
“I am happy to learn that thus far 80% of the paper records have been digitized and we should see the process completed by the end of this year or latest early next year. When completed, the database of the births and deaths registry will be integrated with that of the National Identification Authority (NIA) for the issuance of a single NIA number for everyone from birth to death.
He added, “It is expected that this database will also be integrated into other agencies such as SSNIT and NHIA as part of ongoing efforts by the Akufo-Addo government to make the provision of public services easier.”
The Principal Assistant Registrar of the registry, Rev Asare Addo also said several consultations had taken place between the technical staff of the NIA and the Registry to ensure smooth integration of records.