The Foreign Affairs Ministry has indicated that it is working closely with the Ministry of Interior and other bodies, including the local government to phase out a birth certificate as one of the requirements for acquiring a passport.
According to Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Mohammad Habibu Tijani, although the birth certificate has long been one of the requirements for acquiring a passport, it has not been a valid document to prove a person’s true identity as a Ghanaian because there have been instances where some persons have presented fake ones.
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 certs but they are not even genuine ones,” he said in an interview.