The High Commissioner of Ghana to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. George Ayisi Boateng has disclosed that babies born to Ghanaian parents in South Africa would be given birth certificates.
He said the move form part of documentation processes for Ghanaian children born in South Africa to apply for citizenship which will afford them the opportunity to go to school.
“For example as a High Commissioner, if my wife gives birth to a baby today or any of my staffs give birth to a baby in South Africa and the child does not have a birth certificate, how can the child go to school,” he bemoaned.
Mr. Ayisi Boateng disclosed this on Tuesday, 13th August 2019 when the Managements of Press Radio paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Pretoria, South Africa.
According to him, it is discriminately that babies born in Ghana to foreign nationals are given the privileges to acquire birth certificates but Ghanaian diaspora in South Africa are not given same advantages.
“Any foreigner born in Ghana can acquire a birth certificate and automatically, the person becomes a Ghanaian. Why are we not giving the same advantages? he quizzed.
He indicated that plans are far advanced between the High Commission of Ghana and South Africa working assiduously to resolve issues related documentation processes particularly, acquisition of birth certificate.
Mr. Ayisi Boateng maintained that government is committed to ensuring that Ghanaians with ordinary passport can access visa-free to South Africa.
He stated that the Nana Akufo-Addo led-NPP government remains resolute in its quest to satisfy the Ghanaian populace through the several policies the administration has introduced.
He therefore admonished Ghanaian Diaspora in South Africa to remain calm and exercise patient since Ghanaians are law-abiding people.