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SONA22: There will be no more football age in Ghana - Akufo-Addo

By Vincent Ashitey
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President Akufo-Addo believes the digitization of the Births and Deaths Registry will help to prevent change of biodata of people in Ghana, particularly date of birth.

Delivering his 2022 State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Wednesday, March 30 in Parliament he said 'there will be no more football age in Ghana.'

According to him, when someone is registered by the Births and Deaths Registry, that date registered will be the same on all national identification documents, adding that the National Identification Authority’s card, the Ghana Card, has now been integrated “to our everyday lives.”

"We are expecting greater things from the greater use of technology and the digitalization of our economy as a whole. I am happy to report that the Ghana Card has finally been integrated into our everyday lives as a cradle-to-grave necessity."

Never again will it be that someone, born in this country, will live a full life, die and be buried, without any record of his or her existence."

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He expressed the confidence that digitization of the operations of the Births and deaths Registry will ensure that documents issued from the department are accorded the needed respect they deserve.

"Every child born in this country will be registered, and the date of birth registered will remain your date of birth throughout your life. There will be no school age, no football age, no SSNIT age, and no official age."

"Mr Speaker, there will be no school age, no football age, no SSNIT (Social Security and National Insurance Trust) age, and no official age," President Akufo-Addo jovially remarked, amidst rapturous laughter from the chamber.