Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has announced that every newborn in Ghana will receive a Ghana Card number shortly after birth beginning in 2022.
On Tuesday, November 2, 2021, he made the revelation during a public lecture at Ashesi University.
According to Dr. Bawumia, the actual card will be issued once the child has grown and the biometrics are fully formed (after age 6).
In addition to shedding more light on the Akufo-Addo administration’s digital strides since taking office, the Vice President stated that the transformation at the Birth and Deaths Registry was welcome news.
He went on to say that the reforms at the Births and Deaths Registry are intended to bring it up to date with the times and provide better protected information on Ghana’s citizens and residents.
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“Visiting the Births and Deaths Registry headquarters was easily one of the most depressing visits I have paid to a government office during my time as Vice President.” Clearly, there was not enough investment in the institution. It was a shambles, and it was heartbreaking. The Births and Deaths Registry turned out to have three separate databases as registers for births and deaths, and these databases were in silos. “It is not surprising, then, that corruption and fake birth certificates flourished in this environment,” he observed.
“Fortunately, the digitization of the records is nearly complete, and the three databases have been cleaned up and integrated.” Furthermore, we are integrating the births and deaths register with the databases of the Ghana Health Service, the National Identification Authority, the Ghana Statistical Service, Immigration, and the Police in order to ensure that the record of births and deaths is consistent across all of these databases.”