By Bernice Bessey .
The National Identification Authority (NIA) would from Monday, April 29, 2019 to Saturday, July 6, 2019, start mass registration for the Ghana card in the Greater Accra Region.
The registration will take place in the following areas: Ga South, Ga Central, Ga West, Okaikoi (South, Central & North), Ablekuman (South, Central & West) and Odododiodio.
The Authority has piloted the registration in Adenta, La Nkwantanang and Ga East Municipalities, where it registered and issued a total of 547,768 persons with the Ghana Card.
Prof Kenneth Attafuah, Executive director of NIA, briefing the media in Accra yesterday announced that, after the mass region registration in the Greater Accra region, they would move to the other regions.
According to him, the Authority has divided the Greater Accra region into two zones, Accra West and East, for which Accra West Operational Zone registration is taking effect from Monday April 29, 2019 to Saturday May 25, 2019.
He added that the registration centres would be opened from 8:00am to 5:00 pm each day, excluding Sunday and Public Holidays.
Prof Attafuah said a prospective Ghanaian registrant is required to have genuine birth certificate or Valid Ghana Passport or Valid Certificate of acquired citizenship and Ghana Post Digital Address Code (Residential, Not office), without which one would not be allowed to register.
“If you do not have any of these Mandatory Documents, a relative issued with Ghana Card can vouch for you under oath or two members of the community, who have been issued with Ghana Cards and fall in the category listed can also vouch for you under oath: A practicing or retired professional teacher (including Principals, Headmasters and Head teachers),” he added
Prof Attafuah further stated that negotiated agreement had been reached with ECOWAS to ensure that the Ghana Card complies with the standards and these requirements for the ECOWAS ID Card are at no extra cost to the country and subsequently, integrated the Ghana Card and the ECOWAS Card into one card, thereby saving Ghana millions of cedis.
He also added that a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and other user agencies such as Bank of Ghana (BoG), Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), National health Insurance Authority (NHlA), Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) among others on data exchange protocols, which would result in these agencies no longer producing sector-specific ID cards and saving Ghana hundreds of millions of money over the projects life cycle.
He stated that the registration exercise will also be extended to cover Ghanaians in the diaspora following the completion of the domestic registration, adding that NIA will undertake the exercise in close collaboration with Ghanaian Missions abroad and the Office of Diaspora Relations at the Presidency. Prof Attafuah also disclosed that registration of children would begin in 2020, after the registration of the adult population.