Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia says government plans to issue every newborn child a National Identification number from 2022.
This according to the Veep is part of plans to get a database of all citizens under the digitalisation agenda.
Speaking at a lecture on digitalisation at the Ashesi University on Tuesday evening, Dr. Bawumia explained that a link would be created between the Births and Deaths Registry, the Ghana Health Service, the Ghana Statistical Sevice, the Immigration Service, the police and the National Identification Authority.
“Every newborn will within a month be issued with a national ID number,” the Vice President said.
He is unhappy that Ghana operates a system “where most of the population could not be uniquely identified.”
“It is possible to be born in Ghana, live a full life, die, and be buried, and there would be no trace of you on any documentation that you ever lived and died in this country,” Dr. Bawumia stated.
The Vice President also used the occasion to announce that government will soon launch an E-Pharmacy as well as the global recognition of the Ghana Card as an e-passport.
The lecture, with the hashtag “DigiTimeinGhana” was dubbed: “Using Digitalisation to Transform an Economy – The Ghana Story.”