The Ghana Statistical Service has revealed in their 2021 population and housing census official report that over 80% of marriages in Ghana are not recognized by law, hence illegal.
According to the GSS, the 2021 PHC General report also focused on marriages registered under the Register General-Department which showed only 20% of them are duly registered
Addressing the media during the release of the 2021 general report in Accra, government Statistician Prof Samuel Kobina Annim indicated that, majority of those registered are in Greater Accra Region, whereas the three Northern Regions recorded the highest illegal and unregistered marriages in the country
He again added this baseline information therefore calls for urgent need to intensify education on the need to duly register marriages.
Meanwhile, touching on the certified general report of the 2021 Population and Housing Census exercise, Prof Samuel Kobina Annim said the country's population stands at 30,832,019 with Greater Accra and Ashanti Region recording highest in the country.
He again added Kumasi Metropolis having the most populous district with a population of 443,981 as again Banda District recording lowest with 28,179.
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith