Francis Palmdeti, Head of Corporate Affairs, National Identification
Authority’s (NIA) has said about 50,000 printed Ghana cards still remained
The national mass registration of eligible Ghanaians for the Ghana Card started in April 2019 in the Greater Accra Region and currently two-week mop-up exercise have started in the Volta region.
A total of 501,702 persons in the Volta region have acquired Ghana card through the National Identification Authority’s (NIA) mass registration exercise, which ended in the region in August and this figure is, however, short of 70,000 targets of 572,000.
Outline for the various regions as follows: Volta and Oti regions from July 15 to August 1; Northern, Savannah and North East regions - August 13 to September 2; while the Upper East and Upper West regions would have their turn from September 12 to 29.
Others are Bono, Bono East and Ahafo, October 10 – 30; Western Region and Western North - November 11 to December 2; Ashanti Region from December 10 to January 31, 2020.
The rest are Eastern Region - February 12- March 4; and Central Region - March 13-31.
The Ghana Card is a national identity card that is issued by the Ghanaian authorities to Ghanaian citizens – both resident and non-resident, and legally and permanently resident foreign nationals. It is proof of identity, citizenship and residence of the holder.
In 1973 national identity cards were issued to citizens in the border regions of Ghana including Volta, Northern, Upper East and Upper West, Brong Ahafo , and parts of the Western Region .
The project was discontinued three years later due to problems with logistics and lack of financial support. This was the first time the idea of national identification systems arose.
Again, in 1987, the Government of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) through the National Commission for Democracy (NCD), revisited the national identity card concept by establishing committees including a Technical Implementation Committee.
Due to economic difficulties, the issue was not pursued.
Once again, in 2001, when the National Economic Dialogue was convened, the National Identification System (NIS) was seen as a major policy concern.
The NIA facilitates the integration of all public sector/ civil operation, law enforcement, corporate and business applications/systems to the NIS, and the provision of general identification services.
The process of issuing current generation of identity cards started on July 4, 2011.
The setting up of the NIS is in response to providing up-to-date data that will facilitate the nation's development agenda.
Source: Kofi Atakora/Joydaddymultimedia.com