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BIS Photo/Derek Smith

ANDROS, The Bahamas — Jason Wilson Evans is the first baby in 2017 to be a registered birth in Andros, and to receive a printed certified birth certificate – online — accompanied by his proud parents, Britney Russell and Jason Evans, who used the specialized online registration services of the government’s public-private partnership with BTC.

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Senator the Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson just after noon officially launched the Registrar General’s capacity for registering births in the North Andros Government Complex. Family Island Administration staff can now process birth registration and certification without the need for travel to Nassau.

Mrs. Gibson said that as an archipelago, citizens must work together. As an example of such cooperation, in this instance of BTC, the Department of Public Health, and the Passport Office working together, a resident of Andros is able to get a certified copy of a birth certificate in Andros; and when the Passport Office mobile unit comes to Andros — also get an electronic passport, in Andros.

Father, Jason Evans (seated). (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)

Also accompanying the Attorney General were: Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Perry Gomez, Acting Registrar Deirdre Clarke Maycock, Deputy Registrar Darian Creary, Permanent Secretary Marco Rolle, IT Manager Wellington Smith, Family Island Administrator Ivan Ferguson, Assistant Administrator Leonard Dames Jr., North Andros Chief Councillor Brian Cleare, Office of the Attorney General Consultant Joey Gaskins, and Acting Assistant Registrar General Simon Crispin Rolle.

Attorney General Maynard Gibson and Health Minister Gomez also had the opportunity to meet an Androsian author, sixth grader, Hannah Edomwonyi, who wrote a book entitled, The Day We Met Matthew. The story accounts the impact of recent Hurricane Matthew and its aftermath in Andros, as seen through the eyes of this middle schooler. The Attorney General pledged to purchase 50 books to encourage and support the young writer in establishing her career path as a Bahamian author.

Photos show highlights the Birth Registration and Certification initiative.

Attorney General Allyson Maynard Gibson (second left) and Minister of Health Dr. Perry Gomez (left) meet Androsian author, Hannah Edomwonyi, a sixth grader. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)

BIS Photo/Derek Smith