NIA defends use of passports, birth certs for Ghana Card

Despite the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC’s) concerns that over 20 million Ghanaians will be disenfranchised by the current mode of registration for Ghana Card, the government will not compromise on its laid down procedure. 

The National Identification Authority (NIA) registration recognises only passports and birth certificates for identification.

The government’s presentation to Parliament yesterday indicated that the only alternative to this will remain the swearing of affidavits.

Over 2700 personnel are being trained by the Judiciary to administer oaths and certify Ghanaians without the required identification.

Speaking in Parliament yesterday, the Deputy Monitoring and Evaluation Minister, Dr. William Sabi stressed the importance of keeping the registration process watertight.

“Every reasonable effort will be made to assist Ghanaians to establish their eligibility to register for the cards… [but] every reasonable effort must also be made to exclude foreigners from registering as Ghanaians,” Dr. Sabi stated.

Former President, John Dramani Mahama, had already described the NIA’s approach as illogical.

According to him, the move will de-nationalise over 20 million Ghanaians.

He said the NDC would do everything possible to have the identification scope expanded for the exercise.

The Minority in Parliament had already threatened to stage a demonstration to protest the NIA’s methods.


Story: News Desk

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