The Executive Director of Danquah Institute (DI), Dr. Kingsley Nyarko, says the decision by the Minority in Parliament to boycott the National Identification Cards registration exercise is a sabotage of the country’s development.
Dr. Nyarko said “their attitude is borne out of pure selfishness, unpatriotic thinking and sabotage”.
The Minority in Parliament has indicated their intention to boycott the National Identification Cards registration exercise starting on Monday, June 11, 2018 at some selected State institutions.
A statement signed by the Executive Director of DI, Dr. Nyarko said, “the Minority in Parliament has indicated their intention to boycott the National Identification Cards registration exercise starting today at some selected State institutions citing very weak reasons. The NDC minority is only known for boycotting productive and progressive interventions meant to move this country forward”.
He explained that “in a release signed by the Minority Leader, Hon Haruna Iddrisu, it states among others that the National Identification Authority has provided conflicting figures in relation to the cost of the project. According to the Minority Leader, $1.4 billion and $293 million have been given as cost of the project”.
Dr. Nyarko noted that “I want to state that the Authority has not quoted $1.4 billion anywhere; what has been quoted is $1.2 billion which covers a 15 year period. The total cost of the project is $293 million (government providing $124 million & the project partner providing $169 million) and not the concocted figure of $1.4 billion by the Minority”.
The release added that “another issue they have raised in their press statement is their assertion that the registration requirements of a valid passport and birth certificate are not enough. Again, this is not an issue for them to boycott the exercise since other conditions such as getting witnesses to confirm one's Ghanaian nationality to qualify for the card have been put in place. This issue doesn't warrant a boycott, unless a deliberate attempts to sabotage the process”.
“Clearly, the minority NDC is not interested in the exercise, and wish it does not commence simply because they could not do it for 8 years and feel worried, ashamed and uncomfortable the NPP government is doing it in about 16 months upon assumption of office, an obvious huge achievement”, it added.
Dr. Nyarko explained that “their attitude is borne out of pure selfishness, unpatriotic thinking and sabotage. How do they boycott a project that will protect the country and her people, improve the economy and make us progressive? Obviously, the NDC Minority in Parliament is deliberately, due to political reasons trying desperately to incite their members and other Ghanaians to exclude themselves from this all worthy exercise. This is shameful, anti-progress and unpatriotic. They should think more about the country, the people and not their selfish, singular and parochial interest”.