The National Identification Authority, (NIA) says over 15 million Ghanaians have so far been registered for their Ghana Card which represents 84.3% of the population from age 15 and above.
Prof. Ken Attefuah, the Executive Secretary of NIA, disclosed that out of the 15 million cards, majority have been printed and issued to the respective owners.
Following the commencement of the re-registration of SIM cards this month, conversations about the Ghana Card have come up once again.
The National Communications Authority (NCA) has insisted that only the Ghana Card is the required document to be used as proof of identity for registration.
This has however generated widespread annoyance with many people questioning why the Ghanaian passport and the recently registered Voters’ ID cards are not required for registration.
Others complaints are about the inability of the NIA to distribute their Ghana Cards to them since they went for registeration.
However, speaking on Accra-based Citi TV on Monday, October 4, 2021, Prof. Attafuah assured that persons who are yet to get their cards will have them.
“At the end of the day, we have actually registered 84.3% of the population aged 15 and above. So in that sense, we have exceeded the target that was set by the governing board of NIA. It is also the case that of those 15 and above, there are still some who did not register but those who registered and do not have their card will have them soon.”
Prof Attafuah explained why passports are not being allowed for identification in the SIM re-registration exercise.
“A passport is a primary document for establishing your citizenship and eligibility to travel across borders but even so, you see visa requirements. There is a limit,” he said.
The NIA boss added that “During the mass registration, there were people who went to registration centres with Ghana passports but were denied the right to register, because, upon interrogation, it was found that they were not Ghanaians.”
“It can be found to be procured through improper means and you cannot rely on it.”