As indicated by Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Mohammad Habibu Tijani, the birth endorsement has not been a substantial report to demonstrate an individual’s actual way of life as a Ghanaian as there have been examples where a few people have introduced counterfeit ones, despite the fact that it has been the essential necessity for getting an identification.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry has uncovered it is working intimately with the Ministry of Interior and different bodies, including the neighborhood government to eliminate the birth endorsement as one of the necessities for getting a Ghana 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 choice comes after a Supreme Court deciding that the birth testament isn’t a type of ID doesn’t 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 decision, we will anticipate to get guidelines from the Ministry of Interior whiles we are expanding our watchfulness on addressing candidates,” he said.

Miracle Child ( Emmanuel AHADJIE )
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