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National ID Card registration finally begins at Jubilee House

By Clement Edward Kumsah
National ID

Registration officers of the National Identification Authority (NIA) today began the registration and issuance of the National ID at the Jubilee House.

Several Presidential staffers who were disappointed on May 28, 2018, after officers of the National Identification Authority (NIA) failed to show up were today spotted in their numbers registering for the National ID.

The National ID registration was scheduled to start on Monday, May 28, 2018, at 7:00 AM,  at some key state agencies and institutions like Jubilee House, Parliament, Judicial Service and the various security services, but was marred with disappointment.

The May 28,2018 registration fiasco was the fifth time the National Identification Authority (NIA) had missed an announced deadline.

The NIA subsequently apologised to the Presidency and other institutions for its inability to issue the Ghana Card blaming it on “technical difficulties.”

According to the NIA, it was unable to start the registration and issuance of the card as announced due to “technical difficulties.”

In a statement, the NIA said it would outline the challenges it faced in due course.

However, the National Identification Authority in a notice to the public said, the GhanaCard will be the only valid ID for application for a bank account, passport, telephone number, property acquisition, drivers license and much more.

The issuance of a National ID card is among the few key projects the government promised to execute to formalise the country’s economy.

Regional rollout process

From Greater Accra, the exercise would move to the Volta, Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Brong Ahafo, Western, Ashanti, Eastern, Western and Central regions in that order.

The exercise is expected to last for two months in the Ashanti Region while one month will be spent on each of the remaining eight regions.

Executive Director of the NIA, Prof Ken Attafuah said the Authority estimates to complete registration of Ghanaians within one year after extending the exercise to the general public.

Registration of Ghanaians abroad

Prof. Ken Attafuah announced that approximately, six months after rolling out the exercise to the general public, NIA will begin the registration of Ghanaians abroad.

He explained that the NIA intends to roll out the exercise in close collaboration with Ghanaian missions abroad and Ghanaian associations in foreign countries working through the Diasporan Affairs Office, which is part of the Office of the President.

Prof Attafuah stated that this is being done in close collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.

To save cost, he said, the NIA plans to train personnel of Ghana Missions abroad and designate as registration officials of the NIA and supplement that with personnel of NIA Headquarters to the extent necessary.

Registration process

Persons with the right documents who provide right answers to questions will be issued the instant Ghana Card in approximately 30 minutes.

Any Ghanaian who wants to register has a duty to provide basic information and digital address code. The primary documents required are a birth certificate or a valid passport.

However, existing Ghana cardholders can also use it in place of birth certificate or a valid passport.

The GhanaCard will possess peculiar features that will be difficult for individuals to duplicate.

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