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Registrar General to “strike off” over 3000 churches




The Registrar General, Mrs. Jemima Mamaa Oware, has warned that, her department will soon strike over three thousand (3,000) churches off its register.

This is due to their (churches) failure to file their annual returns to the Registrar General Department.

Speaking at a Stakeholders’ Engagement by the Kingdom Equip Networks on The New Companies Act 2019, Mrs Oware gave the churches an ultimatum and pleaded with all churches to do well to meet their requirement since it will take them only a court order to get them back on the register, which even comes with other conditions.



The Department in March this year published a release, informing all “dormant” companies to “clean up”, but Mrs. Jemima said, “I’ve been calling them, but they don’t take us serious. It is a simple thing of updating the register of current information on the company.”




You are supposed to file annual returns after 18 months of incorporation and then yearly thereafter. I have to inform you that most churches are not doing that and I have on my register over 3,000 churches that I am going to strike off the register. When we strike  you off the register, it will take the discretion of the court to get you back on the register and then after 12 years, the name falls into the public domain and anybody at all can use it,  she  said .

The Department’s mission is to ensure efficient and effective administration of entities inter-alia the registration of Businesses, Industrial Property, Marriages, Administration of Estates and Public Trust, and accurate data for national and economic development.



Registrar General’s Department was established under the Ordinance 1950 during the Colonial days. It became a department of the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General in 1961.

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