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General News of Sunday, 28 January 2018

Source: Prime News Ghana

Births and Deaths Registry head must think - Kweku Baako

Editor in Chief of the New Crusading Guide Kweku Baako has said the Births and Deaths Registry boss must think as is expected of people appointed to public office.

In what appears to be his disapproval of the decision to bar some names by the registry, Kweku Baako said public officials are placed in their various positions to think for Ghanaians and should not in any circumstance think about unnecessary things that will not benefit the people such as the ban on title names.

Speaking on a news analysis program on Saturday, January 27, Kweku Baako said most public officials paid to think for Ghanaians now talk more than even thinking about what will benefit the people there are to work for.

Kweku Baako unhappy with the decision of Births and Deaths Registry, said names such as “Maame,” “Papa,” “Nana,” “Naa,” “Junior,” “Nene,” “Nii” and “Ohemaa” are not accepted under the new policy of the Registry.

John Agbeko, of the Registrar at the Births and Deaths, explained that local names like “Nana, Nii and Togbe” are most used as stool names and title for leaders in the traditional setup.

According to him, parents choose these names (titles) to honour relatives who have played vital roles in their lives and do not want their names to be missing from their family.

Mr Agbeko suggested that such titles that the registry does not accept as part of names should only be used in the house and the community and not add them to name for birth registration.

Mr Agbeko suggested that such titles that the registry does not accept as part of names should only be used in the house and the community and not add them to name for birth registration.

Kweku Baako's comment falls in line with that of Occupy Ghana
Pressure Group, OccupyGhana has threatened to sue the Births and Deaths registry if the decision not to register some popular Ghanaian names is not rescinded.

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