The Foreign Affairs Ministry has disclosed it is working closely with the Ministry of Interior and other bodies, including the local government to phase out the birth certificate as one of the requirements for acquiring a passport.
According to Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Mohammad Habibu Tijani, birth certificate has not been a valid document to prove a person’s true identity as a Ghanaian as there have been instances where some persons have presented fake ones, even though it has been the primary requirement for acquiring a passport.
“Passports, before any applicant is considered for the Ghanaian passport, we have a number of factors that come into play. It is true that birth certificates have been one of the fundamental requirements for getting a Ghanaian passport.
“But I want to also add that it is not only the birth certificate because sometimes we are able to detect that people have the birth certificates but they are not even genuine ones,” he said in an interview with the media.
This decision comes after a Supreme Court ruling that the birth certificate is not a form of identification because the document does not establish “the identity of the bearer”.
The decision written by Justice Ashie Kotey states that a birth certificate does not link its holder to the information it contains. It adds that it provides no evidence of citizenship.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry, however, says it stands with the Supreme Court’s ruling, indicating that, there have been instances where persons have presented fake ones.
“Other times people are found not to be Ghanaians also having birth certificates,” Mr Tijani said.
The Ministry however, has indicated that this decision of phasing out birth certificate as requirements for acquiring a passport will not affect existing passports.
“Hitherto it, we were thinking of working closely with the NIA because if every Ghanaian has identification, it will be easier to have to credible information about their identities.”
“So that anyone coming to us for passport will not be asking the same questions that the person went through in acquiring the national ID, once we are linked it’s a matter of checking one or two things because every information that is required to give out a passport, we already have it,” he added.
“So after this ruling, we will be awaiting to get instructions from the Ministry of Interior whiles we are increasing our vigilance on questioning applicants,” he said.
Source: Peacefm online
C/R: MAN 45 MURDERED AND DUMPED ON ROADSIDE AT MANKESSIM (Photos)
Man believed to be in his middle 40’s has been killed and dumped along roadside at Mankessim in the Mfantseman Municipality of the Central Region.
The sad incident happened when people at the area saw the lifeless body of the deceased.
Investigation gathered by Goonlinegh.com revealed that,the deceased was not known to the people in the area so they believed he was killed elsewhere and was dragged along the roadside to the place.
some of the residents whose shop at where the deceased was dragged to said,they used to see the deceased passing by always to town but they don’t actually know where he comes from.
There was blood oozing from the deceased heard and some part of his body.
Some of the residents in an interview said,they are now living in fear and panic for seeing such incident,they said they are afraid same incidents will happen again at their area.
They are therefore calling on security protection at Mankessim.
They body of the deceased have been deposited to Saltpond Government Hospital Mortuary for Preservation and autopsy.
Meanwhile,the case has been reported to the Mankessim Police for Investigation.
No arrest has been made.
Big boost for Black Stars as Ajax Mohammed Kudus gets set to join team
Attacking midfielder Mohammed Kudus is reportedly set to join the Black Stars in Cameroon after receiving green light from Dutch giants Ajax.
Ajax are happy to allow Kudus to travel to Cameroon for the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations having assessed the 21-year-old following his return from injury.
Initially, Ajax were reluctant for Kudus to join the Black Stars as they claimed he wasn’t fit to play in the difficult tournament fresh off an injury.
Kudus has not played since November when he suffered the rib injury in the crucial 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against South Africa.
Kudus travelled for Ajax’s mid-season training in Portugal, where he seemed to have demonstrated he was ready to return to competitive action.
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) had been in contact with Ajax after Milovan Rajevac decided not to give up on Kudus and added him to the 28-man final squad.
According to the reports, GFA have arranged a flight to bring Kudus to Yaounde, where the Black Stars are currently based.
Kudus’ imminent arrival is a huge boost for the Black Stars who made a rough start as they were beaten 1-0 by Morocco on Monday at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.
Kudus is now likely to feature in the crucial game against Gabon on Friday and then start on against debutants Comoros.
E/R : Baby’s Hand Rots After Medical Negligence At St. Dominic Hospital (Photos)
The right hand and forearm of a year old baby is rottening away due to alleged medical negligence by a clinician at St. Dominic Hospital in Akwatia in the Denkyembuor District in Eastern Region .
The baby boy, a twin was admitted at the facility on November 31,2021 for treatment of childhood hernia.
However according to the nursing mother, however a poorly inserted cannula by a clinician at the hospital led to swollen of the hand of the baby .
The condition worsened within few days at the hospital but urgent attention was not paid to the baby untill the condition of the boy worsened.
The baby was however discharged on December 31,2021 without the intended surgery performed neither treatment of the cannula infection which led to abscess of the hand.
Dagadu Lydia ,mother of the twins said she went back to the hospital to complain about the worsening condition of the baby but management refused to hear her .
Last week,Lydia mobilized her family members about nine of them , accompanied by a journalist stormed the hospital to meet Management of the facility but the Administrator of St.Dominic Hospital ,A Catholic Priest identified as Rev.Fr Kenneth Abban yelled at the Journalist to go out.
The Journalist however recused himself after 30 minutes standoff.
The meeting however ended inconclusive as management failed to admit medical negligence on their part.
When contacted ,Rev.Fr Kenneth Abban , administrator in Charge of St.Dominic Hospital said the injury of the baby was caused by a Juju man they sent the baby to.
However ,in swift rebuttal the nursing mother Lydia Dagadu described Rev.Fr Abban as a liar who is being disingenuous .
According to her ,the condition of the boy occured at the hospital and after a month of no treatment at the facility , invite a herbalist to access the condition while at home after discharge.
She however said ,the herbalist refused to attend to the baby because he said it was beyond his capacity.
Lydia is threatening to sell her cloths to seek justice for her baby.
The law must work for this little boy