May 22, 2024

The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has announced that every child born in Ghana will be immediately provided with a unique identity to link them to their mother’s identity and secure their place in the national identity system.

This initiative aims to streamline the identification and registration process for newborns, ensuring that they are officially recognized, documented, and included in the country’s identity database from birth.

Speaking at the lunch of “Ghana Card number at birth” at Ga north Municipal Hospital at Ofankor, Accra, the Vice President Dr. Mahamud Bawumia stated that, the digitalization drive that the country wants to go will help to reduce the human interference in dealing with ages.

He said the Ghana card at birth is not just a unique identification but it promised to have a good future for the children of Ghana.

“The registration of 17.7million adults above the age of 15 has left a critical gap that is the registration of our children on the Ghana card from birth. The lack of integration between birth records and the national identity platforms opens up a variety of potential problems and this impacts on national security, voter registration, social services delivery and overall governance.”

“The Ghana Health Services, the Birth and Death Registry, the Ghana Statistical Service, and the National Identification Authority have now integrated these systems, and this integration has been a very collaborative effort as Prof. Agyeman Attefuah highlighted.”

“This integration of the data basis by the Ghana Health Services, NIA the Birth and Death Registry is to ensure that every child born in Ghana is immediately provided with a unique identity, linking them to their mother’s identity and securing their place within our national identity system.” He said

By implementing a system that assigns a unique identity to every child at birth, Ghana seeks to enhance the accuracy, efficiency, and accessibility of vital records, promote birth registration, and strengthen the national identity infrastructure. This initiative not only facilitates identification and verification processes but also reinforces the legal rights, entitlements, and protections of children, safeguarding their status as citizens and enabling them to access essential services, resources, and opportunities.

The integration of newborns into the national identity system will represent a significant step towards building a more inclusive, secure, and efficient identification framework that benefits individuals, families, communities, and the nation as a whole.

As Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia underscores the importance of ensuring that every child born in Ghana is promptly registered and assigned a unique identity as the government aims to strengthen the social protection and citizenship rights of children, empower families, and foster a culture of legal identity and documentation that underscores the inherent dignity, rights, and responsibilities of every individual in society.

“This monumental integration effort is not just about issuing the Ghana card number, it is about recognizing and affirming the rights and existence of our youngest citizens from the moment they entered this world. It is about laying a foundation for their future, ensuring that they have access health, education and social services without unnecessary barriers.’’ Dr. Bawumia disclosed